Kerala: Cleric held for ‘radicalising’ 21 missing youths that may have joined Islamic State

Muhammad Haneef, a cleric who allegedly radicalised 21 youths from the southern state to join the globally banned terrorist organisation Islamic State (IS), was taken into custody Saturday.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: August 14, 2016 11:37 am
UK, ISIS, ISIS, ISIS and the west, ISIS recruits, ISIS recruits in the west, ISIS recruting in the west, latest news world news, International news Haneef’s arrest follows a case registered by the Mumbai Police in which he was named as one of the accused. (Representational image)

In a joint operation carried out by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch and the Kerala Police, Muhammad Haneef, a cleric who allegedly radicalised 21 youths from the southern state to join the globally banned terrorist organisation Islamic State (IS), was taken into custody Saturday.

Haneef, who is from Kambalakkad in Wayanad district, was picked up from Peringathur in Kerala. He is being grilled over allegations of conducting lectures for promoting religious extremism and radicalising youth in his state to join terror outfits such as the IS. Haneef’s arrest follows a case registered by the Mumbai Police in which he was named as one of the accused.

On August 6, based on a complaint filed by the father of Ashfaque Ahmed, one of the 21 missing Kerala youths, the Mumbai Police registered a case against Arshi Qureshi, guest relationship manager with controversial televangelist Dr Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), Rizwan Khan, a volunteer with Al-Birr Foundation, Abdullah Rashid, a local imam, and Haneef under sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the IPC. The complainant had accused the four of radicalising his son to join the IS.

The Kerala Police, probing a similar case filed by the brother of one Merin alias Mariyam, who is among the 21 youths who fled the country, had arrested Qureshi and Khan in July.

“Haneef is an important link to unearth the IS network operating in India. He is being quizzed on his role and also on the involvement of the other accused and those who are wanted in the case. We have leads that Haneef had radicalised 12 of the 21 youths,” said a senior official privy to the developments in the case.

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    indian
    Aug 14, 2016 at 1:54 pm
    Waiting for Congress spokesperson to address him with the honorific "ji". Pseudos.
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      Javed Bhai
      Aug 14, 2016 at 7:32 am
      Can anyone tell me how many Child molesting Christian missionaries padre father and nuns are there in india?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;About 5,000 U.S. Christian priests and deacons have been accused of sesxual abuse in cases dating to the 1950s, but only an estimated 88 other female religious figures have been accused of abuse, according to Bishopaccountability.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The data shows about 400 alleged victims of female religious figures, not including the Montana case.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Only two of the accused women have been convicted of criminal charges, although dozens of them have been named in civil suits.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The Christian Diocese of Helena, which is named in the suit, previously settled a separate suit that alleged Christian church officials covered up abuse by its Christian priests
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        John Joseph
        Aug 14, 2016 at 7:34 am
        What about Sunni Muslims? Aren't you a caste that terrorized others? The ISI of Sunni caste claims to restore the old glory of terror Islam when the Abbasi Caliphate ruled. This has tremendous appeal for Sunni Muslims. We must remember the ISI is a Sunni terrorist outfit. However, the ISI despite cloaking its activities under a religious smokescreen is, in reality, a terrorist philosophy. It believes in the subjugation of women and thousands are made seex slaves.
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          Jocey Abrahamson
          Aug 14, 2016 at 7:49 am
          Picture this historical setting: A 50 year old man Mohammed asks his best friend if he could have his permission to marry his 6 year old daughter. His friend first disagrees then Mohammed uses Allah as one who told him tondo so. The man then visits his best friend’s house and speaks with the 6 year old daughter Aisha. Her parents watch as the he proposes marriage to the child. He is serious; he wants to marry the little girl and is asking for her consent. The little poor child says nothing; she only stares at him in silence.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The Islamic source materials state that Muhammad proposed marriage to Aisha when she was 6. He umed her silence consuted her consent. Some 2 to 3 years later, just after he had fled to Medina, he consummated his marriage with her. He was 52 and she was 9. This occurred prior to Aisha’s first menses and by Islam’s legal definition Aisha was still considered a child. Islam teaches that a child enters adulthood at the beginning of puberty. (This is scientifically inaccurate, the onset of puberty does not equal adulthood)lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The bottom line is Muhammad, the creator of Islam, revered by his followers, had seex with a child! Worse, Muhammad's action and teachings on marriage established an Islamic precedent and Islamic law allows female children to be married off and engaged in seex provided they are able to handle a man’s penies (Quran 65:4). As will be shown, this leads to physical, and psychological, damage to the child.
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            John Joseph
            Aug 14, 2016 at 7:44 am
            ‘A’ishah bint Abi Bakr (613/614 – 678 AD Arabic: عائشة‎‎ transliteration: ‘A’ishah also transcribed as A'ishah, Aisyah, Ayesha, A'isha, Aishat, Aishah, or Aisha was one of Muhammad's many many wives. In Islamic writings, her name is thus often prefixed by the le "Mother of the Believers" (Arabic: أمّ المؤمنين umm al-mu'minin), per the description of Muhammad's wives in the Qur'an.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The majority of traditional hadith sources state that child Aisha was married to old man Muhammad at the age of six or seven, but she sta in her parents' home until the age of nine, or ten according to Ibn Hisham, when the marriage was consummated with Muhammad, then old man 53, in Medina.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The Shia have a generally negative view of Aisha. They accuse her of hating Ali and defying him during his caliphate in the Battle of the Camel, when she fought men from Ali's army in Basra.
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