Srinagar: Abdul Rashid Abdullah, a resident of Kerala who fled to Afghanistan along with other 23 locals to join the Islamic State (IS) in Nangarhar province, says that Modi government in India “is a blessing in disguise” for the Indian Muslims.
“In India, the Modi government is a blessing in disguise for us. This is because while, in some parts of India, Muslims face visible oppression, in many others, they really do not recognise the reality of their oppression. The hypocrite scholars misguide them. The Modi government is planning to change the Constitution and once that happens, the real oppression will begin. That is when Muslims will start searching for the solution. People only remember God when a loved one is dying in hospital. Jihad is like that, too,” Abdullah was quoted by the Indian Express as saying.
Abdullah says that Muslims can’t practice their faith hundred percent in a secular set up like that of India.
“Muslim leaders in India claim that it is possible for Muslims to practise their faith 100% in India: we can pray, fast, go for hajj, and so on. But the hypocrite Islamic scholars stay silent on the Quranic commandment for Muslims to engage in offensive jihad. They know that the Prophet went with weapons and conquered the whole of the Arabian peninsula. The Islamic State follows the example of the Prophet Muhammad in Medina, yet these so-called scholars criticise it,” the report quotes him as saying.
Abdullah rejects claims that the Islamic State is hated by local tribes, the report says. “Here in Khorasan, we have Pakistanis, Tajiks, Uzbeks, Arabs, Russians, Indians — and all of us live like brothers, along with the Afghans from local tribes. The Islamic State was only resisted by some with nationalistic goals, or with secular ideology, who revolted against Islam and the Caliphate. They were executed. That news is true,” the report quotes him as saying.
Regarding Taliban, Abdullah says that they are misguided.
“They implement sharia, but not 100% — they only want to capture Afghanistan, implement sharia in it, not in the whole world, as Allah commands us to do. This is anti-Islamic”. Ever greater numbers of Indian Muslims, Abdullah believes, will be drawn to jihad in the future, the report says.