Rubiya (age 16) who lives in Kerala, India is currently being shunned by the local mosque because she is practicing Indian Classical dance. A muslim by religion, BBC reports that she has been dancing since the age of 3 and has won several competitions. However, the local mosque has chosen to shun her since she is excelling in non-muslim art forms that muslim ones.
Had she won prizes in 'oppana' and 'mappila pattu' [traditional Muslim art forms], she would have been flooded with gifts by now. The mahallu leaders would never openly admit that it is her dance that makes them treat us as virtual outcasts.
I think its a shame that people choose to have such narrow views! And good going Rubiya - wish you all the best!
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