New Delhi: A Keralite youth, who is suspected to have joined terror outfit Islamic State, has said “jihad” was an impossible idea in India. Abdul Rashid Abdulla exhorted wannabe jihadis to leave for Afghanistan to consolidate the “Caliphate” instead of plotting attacks inside India.
“Today, it is impossible to wage offensive jihad in India”, he said in an interview to a leading national daily. “First, we have to consolidate the Caliphate, and then expand its frontiers”.
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“The Islamic State is growing far faster than you can imagine,” Abdulla said.
The National Investigation Agency has confirmed that Abdulla was the brain behind a WhatsApp group that sought to draw more people into the Islamic State. He is suspected to be one of the major recruiters for the terrorist organization. He is wanted for leading 15 people from Kasaragod to Afghanistan, including women and children.
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Abdulla said that the Muslim leaders were misleading their flock by condemning the Islamic State as illegitimate. “Muslim leaders in India claim that it is possible for Muslims to practice their faith 100% in India: we can pray, fast, go for hajj, and so on. But the hypocrite scholars stay silent on the Quranic commandment for Muslims to engage in offensive jihad,” he said.