Coming to avenge Babri, Muzaffarnagar, Gujarat, Kashmir: IS video

Video features Thane resident Fahad Sheikh, slams Indian Muslim leaders.

Written by Praveen Swami | New Delhi | Updated: May 25, 2016 10:57 am
isis, isis india, babri, muzzafarnagar, indian Mujahideen, jihad, jihadist, jihadists india Aman Tandel who travelled to Syria in 2014 along with three other men from the city, as first reported in The Indian Express, is the only individual conclusively identified in the video, in which he uses the pseudonym Abu Amr’ al-Hindi.

The Islamic State has released a new 22-minute Arabic-language documentary on purported Indian jihadists in its ranks, providing the first interviews with five fugitive jihadists known to have joined the ranks of fighters in Iraq and Syria since 2014.

The video, released online early on Friday, is the first propaganda the Islamic State has produced with content focused on India and South Asia.

Thane engineering student Aman Tandel who travelled to Syria in 2014 along with three other men from the city, as first reported in The Indian Express, is the only individual conclusively identified in the video, in which he uses the pseudonym Abu Amr’ al-Hindi.

Read | IS video opens old wounds in Mumbai families

“We will return,” Tandel vows, “but with a sword in hand, to avenge the Babri Masjid, and the killings of Muslims in Kashmir, in Gujarat, and in Muzaffarnagar.”

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Tandel also pays homage to his friend from Thane, Shahim Tanki, who is said to have been killed in a bomb attack in Raqqa last year.

The third member of the group, Areeb Majid, is now being prosecuted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

The video also features several still-to-be-identified members, suspected to be once of the Indian Mujahideen, whose members are known to have been serving with Islamic State forces after breaking with their Pakistan-based leadership.

“To those in the Indian state who wish to understand our actions,” says an unidentified jihadist, “I say you have only three options: to accept Islam, to pay jizya, or to prepare to be slaughtered.”

Families of the surviving Thane men, as well as members of the Indian Mujahideen known to have left Pakistan for Syria, are being contacted to identify the individuals featured in the video, a government source said.

“The last photographs we have of many of these people we have are from before 2008, when many of them were just adolescents”, the source said. “It’s hard to be certain just who is who in the video, though it is possible to make informed guesses”.

Large parts of the video, narrated in Arabic, seek to provide context to the presence of Indian jihadists in the Islamic State – men it describes as jihadists from “Hind wal’Sindh”, a usage for India and Pakistan. The video begins with medieval warlord Muhammad Bin Qasim’s conquest of the region, saying it laid the foundations for Islamic rule.

The British, the narrator states, then handed over control of India to Hindus – people it describes as “cow-worshippers” who have been responsible for violence against Muslims in many places, including Mumbai, Gujarat, Assam and Moradabad.

“Hindus are striving to to convert you Muslims to their faith, O’ sons of Bin Qasim”, one recruit says, recounting a string of communal riots. “Is there any other humiliation that you still need to suffer before you will give up chanting that Islam is a religion of peace, and learn from the Prophet, who fought with the sword?”

For the most part, the video consists of interviews, mainly conducted at an unidentified coastal location. There is no combat footage of Indians, bar one sequence involving several men in two boats, first released by the Islamic State’s Indian affiliate, Junood Khilafat-al-Hind, last year.

The video does, however, include one sequence where six men sit together, singing a jihadist anthem, promising that a new dawn lies ahead.

Explaining his personal journey, one jihadist says he was forced to leave Mumbai for the Khorasan region, or the Afghanistan-Pakistan borderlands, after the 2008 shootout at Batla House in which Indian Mujahideen commander Atif Amin was killed.

This first hijrat, or religious migration, was followed by a second one to Syria, the man recounts.

“In India,” the man who fled Mumbai says,”we see that it is that it is the cow, the trees, the sun, the moon…that is worshipped. Instead of fighting these things, the Muslims of India trade and maintain social relations with these infidels.”

He vows, though, to return to avenge atrocities against Muslims in India. “Have you forgotten the train bombings in Mumbai, or the bombings in Ahmedabad, and Surat, and Jaipur and Delhi,” he asks.

The video assails mainstream Muslim politicians and clerics for compromising with what the narrator describes as a tyrannical system responsible for massacring Muslims. Images of the Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen leader Assaduddin Owaisi and All India United Democratic Front politician Badruddin Ajmal are juxtaposed with dead bodies of victims of communal riots. Indian Muslim politicians are attacked for associating with non-Muslim leaders: one image shows the Congress’s Mani Shankar Aiyer embracing a Hindu priest and Muslim cleric.

The most acid invective, though, is reserved for Indian clerics who, the video says, are supporting the forces of kufr against the mujahideen of the Islamic State.

Insisting that armed jihad “in the way of Allah” is an individual religious obligation incumbent on every individual Muslim, the video warns clerics that they will soon meet their reckoning.

“Do not listen to those who tell you that Islam is a religion of peace,” one jihadist says, his face digitally masked over. “Islam was never a religion of peace for even one day. Islam is a religion of war. The Prophet commanded us to remain at war until the day the rule of Allah is established.” The video mocks Muslims protesting against the Islamic State.

The jihadists interviewed also praised the quality of life in the Islamic State. “Here there is shari’a,” one says. “Here the hands of thieves are cut off. Here, our religion is safe.”

Indian Mujahideen cadre are known to have travelled to Islamic State-held territory from 2014, after rejecting the leadership of their Karnataka-born chief Riyaz Ahmad Shahbandri, also known as Riyaz Bhatkal.

The men include one-time Mumbai hospital employee Abu Rashid; Shahnawaz Ahmad, a Unani doctor and the son of a local Samajwadi Party politician in Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh; and students Mohammad ‘Bada’ Sajid, Mirza Shadab Beig. Karnataka Muhammad Shafi Armar, one of the Indian Mujahideen fugitives, has been named by the NIA as a key suspect in several recent arrests related to Islamic State.

The video has been removed since the report was first posted.

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    Arun
    May 21, 2016 at 4:31 am
    Now we will see no muzzies or kejriwal or pappu will comment or tweet against this anti social elements ....kejriwal is a recruit of this antisocial gang.
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      Arun
      May 21, 2016 at 4:35 am
      U r one among those videos.........
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        Bho
        May 21, 2016 at 5:27 pm
        Being frank, if you can make this fellow fight with any Indian in hand to hand fight without guns etc weapons, and after whatever he is blabbering about, he can't withstand!
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          Dhruv
          May 21, 2016 at 4:56 pm
          Religion or religious fanatics dont kill people, guns and weapons do. I am remind by Modi's speech to UN to investigate and stifle their sources of funding. No money = no guns = bunch of numpties making comedy nights with jihadis.
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            Yakobi
            May 21, 2016 at 12:01 am
            There is no gray matter in the way of Islam, it is truth, or it is nothing, fear truth but none, die in hindrance to truth in hinduism disgrace like a hindu rab id dog, , or live and depart on your own term, like a human, A MUSLIM.
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              Yakobi
              May 21, 2016 at 11:36 pm
              Typical hindu brain less copy cat.
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                Drzenda
                May 21, 2016 at 5:37 am
                ACTUALLY CONGRESS TRAITORS' VEDIO!
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                  Mogambo
                  May 21, 2016 at 6:42 am
                  What is your problem??? Get out of here if u don't like.........division created by your forefathers.......No one asked them to stay in India..
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                    Googli
                    May 21, 2016 at 5:33 am
                    hahaha....basterd
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                      Ramesh Kaul
                      May 21, 2016 at 12:46 pm
                      Why give them free Propaa
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                        Ooman
                        May 21, 2016 at 3:04 am
                        Hare minds me of the song "Hawa Hawa"
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                          Ooman
                          May 21, 2016 at 3:07 am
                          Hey Brahmins who have posted their digitally brave comments, you are all hilarious. Why so much worry? You have RSS Militants right?
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                            Indian Muslim
                            May 22, 2016 at 10:32 am
                            Just shut ur mouths u ediotic hindu fundamentalists. U r as bad as these mad do gs. U isis are kafirs, v the indian muslims throw u out of Islam. U dont teach us if Islam is a religion of peace or not. V dont need a lecture from u wahabis. Come here and u will get a bullet in ur head.
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                              Togi
                              May 21, 2016 at 3:22 am
                              How long indics will pride themselves with catchy phrases like "Indian-origin-indo-Indic-indian"? For a change we should use "Indian-origin-indo-Indic-ISIS". Unfortunately that cannot be a brahmin douche.
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                                Harry Achari
                                May 21, 2016 at 11:32 am
                                Come here and you can stay at10 jantarmantar. Our queen will serve you Biriyani. And keep stay inside. You come out only when you want to see 72 virgins. Are you tired of cleaning Arab toilets my friend?
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                                  Harry Achari
                                  May 21, 2016 at 12:07 pm
                                  It looks to me that IE editor wants to go to Syria to fight for Isis.
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                                    Harry Achari
                                    May 21, 2016 at 12:34 pm
                                    The ruthless killers of Isis are not Arabs but those from Europe. Mostly they are atheists. Arabs are soft minded. Isis is not fighting for Islam but against Islam. They are supported by many so called peace loving countries, arming, financing and feeding them. In reality, Isis will destroy Islam draging many innocent Muslim to fight for their survival against Isis. Isis is a myth and its target is mysterious. They use modern weapons mounted on Toyota trucks, air dropped by super powers, just to finish Islam. Arabs knows the fact, and they ignore Isis. I'm sure it is not far that Arabs army will eliminate Isis. This myth Isis will not survive along with their calif, a puppet installed by the west to destroy Islam. It is a naked truth. People know it that is Isis gets no foothold in India, stan and Bangladesh. Once we realize its presence in South Asia. We along with our brother neighbours will rout out from its bud. But now Isis is sunk just keeping its nose above the sea. Their days numbered. Their sponsors, the west, is already on bankruptcy. Isis will starve to death.
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                                      Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
                                      May 21, 2016 at 2:44 am
                                      And soon you will get your pants turned into BURQHA when JUNG and YUDH will shower upon you,---you will forget what jihad means,----be prepared for a JUNG and YUDH.
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                                        Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
                                        May 22, 2016 at 2:18 am
                                        Even FILTHY MUZZIES don't know what 786 means,---its the numbers taken from DEVANGIRI HINDU numerical,---than twisted from left to right,----than embled together and what it becomes????,------ OM,----you filthy MUZZIES try and check that out.
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                                          Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
                                          May 21, 2016 at 2:25 am
                                          Hindustan has survived the most barbaric invasion of mullahs of genocide,---this time they will be revenged with a taste of their own medicine,---VANDE MATARAM.
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                                            Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
                                            May 21, 2016 at 11:55 am
                                            The similarities and common between MUZZIES and PIGS are that both bend down up:---MUZZIES rub their nose on ground and PIGS rub their nose in mud is the reason PIGS declared as sacred for MUZZIES by PAEDOPHILE M.
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