An online campaign was launched to help Rafeeque Taliparamaba to renovate his burnt studio, which was damaged by anti-social elements for his alleged questioning of Islamic traditions in a WhatsApp group comprising friends and acquaintances.Rafeeque’s continued adherence to his personal views on Islam has won the hearts of many with online contributions pouring in for the renovation of his burnt studio.\nRafeeque points out that he had not criticised Islam per se. But he does believe that intolerances within the religion have to be questioned.\nEquipment worth Rs 10 lakhs was reportedly lost in the fire set by some unknown persons at his studio located at Taliparamba in Kannur district on Sunday.\n\n\nThe studio was my only means of livelihood. So a group of well-wishers launched the campaign to collect money for its renovation. Hopefully, I can soon get back to my normal life.A few days ago, Rafeeque had allegedly questioned a few Islamic traditions in a WhatsApp group called ‘What is Islam’.This had subsequently created a huge furore within the group with members supporting as well as condemning him.\nA few openly threatened Rafeeque and exhorted others to boycott him.\n\n\nRafeeque who is a professional photographer was then threatened and trolled through social media with a few fellow-Muslims even accusing him of having staged the whole show for instant fame as well as to claim insurance.A Facebook screenshot of a comment by Rafeeque in which he criticises the purdah was also used against him. Rafeeque says that the screenshot reflected just a portion of his actual comment and was used solely to defame him.\nIn the comment he had reportedly criticised the ideology of viewing the purdah as a symbol of women’s purity.\n\nI shared my thoughts against religious intolerance through some voice messages in the WhatsApp Group. Some people later started sharing a portion of my message in which I criticise the covering of faces with purdah on FacebookHe said that most of his fellow-believers seemed to have turned against him. “I had just shared my concerns. I have nothing against the purdah. It’s just that I don’t understand the need to cover faces.”Rafeeque added that all conservative beliefs should change with the times and that education was the only solution.\nNone of the religious organisations he observed have condemned the attack on his studio. We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.