An Islamic State Diary: ‘Pakistan like Iraq, history will repeat…’

“The more you control and put pressure upon Muslims, the more hatred you are creating in the hearts of young people”

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: May 4, 2017 10:25 am
islamic state, islamic state kerala, kerala IS, ISIS in india, MOAB, mother of all bombs, ISIS recruits india, isis terrorists india, indians in ISIS, indians in islamic state, indian express, indian express islamic state, express islamic state series ‘Yahiya’ claimed that India would “witness the time” of Sultan Mahmoud al Ghaznawi, who is said to have first invaded modern-day Afghanistan, Pakistan and parts of India in 1001.

From comparing jihad to the market and Pakistan to Iraq, and warning of pushing India back to the year 1001, the messages of Bestin Vincent alias Yahiya, who left Kerala last year to join an Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan, reveal a strong sense of victimhood and delusions of grandeur.

Long before his reported death last week, Yahiya claimed in messages sent to The Indian Express since September 2016 on Telegram, the encrypted service, that India would “witness the time” of Sultan Mahmoud al Ghaznawi, who is said to have first invaded modern-day Afghanistan, Pakistan and parts of India in 1001.

Also Read Part I | Days before report of his death, he wrote: ‘Not a fly has been affected by MOAB’

Turning to Pakistan, he claimed that the terrorist groups supported by them “will one day turn against them”.

Yahiya also claimed that his goals were “much higher” than those of political parties and wrote that “the more you control and put pressure upon Muslims, the more hatred you are creating in the hearts of young people”.

The Indian Express could not independently verify the validity of his claims. Last Saturday, Yahiya’s father in Palakkad was informed that his son had been killed in US bombings.

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Edited excerpts from Yahiya’s messages:

‘Pakistan Following Route Of Iraq’

“Pakistan is the worst apostate country and India is a mushrik (one who associates a worldly object with divine power) country.

“History will repeat. Pakistan is following the route of Iraq. Every group they create in the name of jihad like Lashkar-e-Khabeeth (Taiba) and others will one day turn against them and it is going to be in the hands of righteous ones. Then India will once again witness the time of Sultan Mahmoud al Ghaznawi (who first invaded modern day Afghanistan, Pakistan and parts of India in 1001)… No one will sleep peacefully…”

‘No Party Can Compare To IS’

“No party can be compared to Islamic State. We live for life after death, while they live for this life. We love death as they love life. And war is not something new. It was there before 1000s of years, but all fight (was) for land or money or something like that. And we fight so that (the) whole world lives according to the law of Allah. No war is justified other than the war for the sake of Allah. Our aims and goals are much higher.”

‘People In Kerala Unaware’

“The people in Kerala are totally unaware of what’s happening around them. They don’t know what is Islam, nor (do) they know what a war is. The more you control and put pressure upon Muslims, the more hatred you are creating in the hearts of young people who fear Allah. The more you try to cage those lions, the more they get hungry and the more danger. Have you not witnessed what happened in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan etc? They all began the fight against Islam. What happened in US and in Paris recently? They too fought Islam and (are) now living in fear.”

‘Jihad Is Like A Market’

“Jihad is like a market. It won’t be open for long. But whoever makes the business in its right time would sweep a huge profit. This is a business with Allah, where we have to spend our life and wealth for the sake of Allah and his faith. In return, he gives us paradise. What a profitable trade.”

‘Our Language Is Different’

“Let me ask you, what is terrorism? What if, if I say, (I) am not a terrorist? We have everything, very comfortable life and what is the need of being a terrorist? How come the one who fight for his country becomes a soldier and the one who fights for his religion becomes a terrorist? Suppose, if someone go against (the) Indian government, the government will punish him, right?…

“We have a heart in our body. We also feel pain. But behind this journey there is a reason, there is a reason why we came to these mountains, leaving our family and home.”

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    Kannan Ramakrishnan
    May 5, 2017 at 12:38 pm
    Must ask for relevant evidences for publishing such news and action taken accordingly democratic doesn't mean challenging integrity of the country
    1. I
      May 5, 2017 at 6:56 am
      More than religions, more than being different citizens of various Countries, we are just humans living on earth. Everyone should live with humanity first and show love on each and everyone on earth, then there will be only happiness. All problems arise because some people are just not humane.
      1. A
        May 4, 2017 at 10:19 pm
        The world and other relions are not responsible if a person ociated with Islam is taught to hate them. The problem is in Islam and whoever founded it and those interpreting it to their liking . The next war us surely between islamorons and the rest of the world.
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          Rakesh Pandit
          May 4, 2017 at 9:47 pm
          Talked like a reckless man. And died like a dog !!!
          1. N
            May 4, 2017 at 9:41 pm
            I having some moslem friends and colleagues who are really most helpful as person . I admire successful moslem people of indian origin and try to learn from them . But let me state that islam as a religion wants to subdue all other religions and once it is majority any other religion will be wiped out . Those indian moslems who are playing secular are silently and politely biding time . They have pla their part when the time came in 1947 . The Kashmiris are playing their part now . If this goes on like this a time will come when the remaining moslems in india will play their part again . It is in the very ideology of islam . Till then I am sure they will be our helpful moslem neighbours.
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              Aashish Bhatt
              May 4, 2017 at 8:31 pm
              Why are we publishing counter views...Do the views of life after death and kil innocents to reach heaven are even worth pondering for a few secondsby readers ??????...This news paper is doing great discredit to the country and society by publishing such articles..Jihadis are demons whtever their stupid philisophy.....their ideas are abhorable totally, dont deserve any merit to be published anywhere..out of 1000 people reading this article some 10 people may even find it interesting, and may take sympathy for the jehadis...WHY ARE WERE FOSTERING THEIR POISOUS thoughts....Journilism does not mean publishing any s that sells....
              1. M
                May 4, 2017 at 7:42 pm
                burn the body of this pi# and then this moth#r @$ will understand what non-muslims can do..we should not burry any of the bloddy muzzies but just burn them..their w belief of getting 72 $ will go for a toss and they will never love death..let all the living muzzies get this message clear that they will be burnt and not burried. No media can make a hue and cry because they only say terrorism has no religion and islam is a peace loving religion so obviously the terrorist is a non-muslim by that logic and burning him should be fine..put ur votes on this and forward it to maximum and let govt take action in this direction
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                  Dr. Prithipaul
                  May 4, 2017 at 7:28 pm
                  What Yahiya says is shared by many, if not most, Muslims. His belief in Muslim victimhood is vintage ideology sponsored by the Muslim League led by Jinnah and still alive today in Kashmir, and in the silence of the Indian Muslims. The IS ideologue is right in the total absence in the psychology of the Muslim - a generalisation which is based on the history of Indian Islam for the past 12 centuries - whereby he is totally unfee with regard to his suffering victim. Notice, for example, the silent approval of the barbarian iconoclasm practised in Bamiyan, in Syria, in Tunisia, and in India. It is disconcerting that what the Muslim holds as his virtues - all centred in murderous violence - do not impel Hindu intellectuals, especially in the media, to engage in open debates on these fundamentalist idiosyncracies. Just imagine Malala nowadays praising Islam as a religion of peace, forgetting she was hit by a bullet fired by a pious Muslim devoted to Allah.
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