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Nusrat Jahan attends Durga Puja fest; flayed by Islamic Cleric
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Nusrat Jahan attends Durga Puja fest; flayed by Islamic Cleric

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The cleric termed her action as "anti-Islamic" and accused her of bringing a bad name to the religion. He also urged Jahan to change her name.

Despite a Muslim by birth, Trinamool MP and Bengal actor Nusrat Jahan attended Durga Puja celebration on the occasion of Maha Ashtami and it stirred a row after a Muslim cleric on Monday termed her act of devotion as anti-Islamic.

Cleric also accused her of bringing a bad name to the religion. He also urged Jahan to change her name.

"Worshipping other Gods is not permitted in Islam" and "Islam does not need her," he said. Accompanied by husband Nikhil Jain, Nusrat offered prayers at Suruchi Sangha Pandal in Kolkata on Sunday. After the prayers, she played 'dhaak' (a traditional Bengali dhol) along with her husband.

“Nusrat Jahan has performed puja which is totally anti-Islamic. She is not practising Islam. She even married a non-Muslim. Since she does not believe in the Islam, she should change her name. Why is she insulting the Islam?" Mufti Asad Kasmi, vice-president of Itehaad Ulema-e-Hind, was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Soon after their marriage, her wearing a “sindoor” and bangles had also become a subject matter of controversy.