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Al Qaeda chief Zawahiri asks Muslims to unite over hijab controversy in India

Al Qaeda chief Ayman Al Zawahiri Wednesday spoke on the hijab controversy in India and requested Muslims in the subcontinent to struggle the perceived assault on Islam “intellectually, using the media and with weapons on the battlefield”.

Zawahiri’s reference to a recent concern has additionally confirmed that he’s alive, opposite to ideas that he had died of pure causes in 2020. Although, even after the unconfirmed reviews of his loss of life, Al Qaeda had issued many movies of Zawahiri, in all of them he solely spoke about historic conflicts and ideological points casting a doubt on whether or not the movies had been shot in the current time.

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In an nearly nine-minute video launched by Al Qaeda mouthpiece As-Sahab media on Tuesday, Zawahiri showered reward on Muskan Khan, the Karnataka pupil who raised slogans of Allah-hu-Akbar after being heckled by a right-wing Hindu mob shouting slogans of “Jai Shri Ram” this February. Zawahiri mentioned that her “defiant slogan of takbeer” as she challenged “a mob of Hindu polytheists” had “emboldened the spirit of Jihad” and had reawakened the Muslim group.

A hijab-wearing pupil at PES College in Mandya, after being heckled with ‘Jai Sri Ram’ slogans, retorted by saying Allahu Akbar or Allah is nice.

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The video, in reality, begins with a clip of Khan taking up the mob, adopted by Zawahiri’s deal with which for your entire period of the video talks about simply this concern. “She has unveiled the reality and unmasked the nature of the conflict between the chaste and pure Muslim Ummah and the degenerate and depraved polytheist and atheist enemies it confronts… May Allah reward her greatly for imparting a practical lesson to Muslim sisters plagued by an inferiority complex vis a vis the decadent Western World. May Allah reward her for exposing the reality of Hindu India and the deception of its pagan democracy,” Zawahiri mentioned.

He mentioned Khan’s video had impressed him to write a poem that he recited on the finish of the video. “Her takbeer inspired me to write a few lines of poetry, in spite of the fact that I am not a poet. I hope that our honourable sister accepts this gift of words from me,” Zawahiri mentioned.

The Indian safety institution has taken the event with a measure of concern. “While media outlets affiliated with these groups keep talking about Indian issues, Zawahiri devoting so much time on a single issue is a development that cannot be ignored. It shows Al Qaeda views India as a serious ground for recruitment and may channelize its resources with greater vigour for the same. A message of this kind from Zawahiri is likely to energise cadres and inspire those harbouring perception of persecution,” a senior safety institution officer mentioned.

In a message to the Muslims in the subcontinent, Zawahiri mentioned, “We must stop being deceived by the mirage of Hindu democracy of India, which to begin with, was never more than a tool to oppress Islam. We must realise that in this real world there is no such thing as ‘human rights’ or ‘respect for the constitution’ or law or other such nonsensical conjectural ideas.”

According to Zawahiri, it was precisely the identical scheme of deception that the West had employed in opposition to Muslims, “the true nature of which was exposed by France, Holland, and Switzerland when they banned the Hijab while allowing public nudity”. “The enemies of Islam are one and the same, those fighting the hijab of Muslims in Egypt and Maghreb are the same opportunist thugs… writers, journalists, even hired turbans who vilify the hijab and the Islamic shariah. It’s a war on Islam, its core doctrines, its laws, ethics and etiquettes,” he mentioned.

“Our Muslim Ummah in the Indian subcontinent, our battle today is a battle of awareness, a battle of discerning illusion from reality. We must understand that the way out is by holding on to our Shariah, uniting as a single Ummah, from China to Islamic Maghreb, and from the Caucasus to Somalia, a united Ummah waging a concerted war across several fronts. We must gather around sincere scholars and fight our war ideologically. Intellectually… using the media… and with weapons on the battlefield against the enemies of Islam,” he added.

He mentioned step one in this path was elevating consciousness and revealing the information. “We must realise that the governments imposed on us, specifically in Pakistan and Bangladesh, do not defend us, rather they defend the very enemies they have empowered them to fight against us,” he mentioned.

Zawahiri additionally praised the “free media” for circulating the video of Muskan. “I call upon them to lay bare the injustice that is taking place, confront this oppression and spread the facts concerning the situation on the ground,” he mentioned.

The hijab row has prominently figured in propaganda literature of some international terror teams. Last month, the propaganda retailers of each the Islamic State and Al Qaeda had the problem on their covers. IS-associated journal Voice of Hind had carried a canopy titled “The Daughters of the Companions” on the problem. Previously, AQIS had already talked about it in its newest concern of Nawa-e-Ghazwa-e-Hind, an Urdu journal introduced out by it.

In his earlier movies, Zawahiri has largely targeted on Islam’s struggle in opposition to western powers and India has discovered solely passing mentions. He has on and off spoken about Kashmir however by no means in element or broached any specific concern referenced any incident.

Zawahiri’s final India-centric video was launched in 2014 when he introduced the formation of “Base of Jihad in the Indian Subcontinent” and mentioned that it was a message that Al Qaeda had not forgotten its Muslim brothers in India. He mentioned jihadists would break the borders of British India and requested for Muslims in the subcontinent to unite.

After the 9/11 assaults too Zawahiri had made mentions of Kashmir, asking Muslims to struggle and as soon as warned Muslims in Pakistan that then president Pervez Musharraf was going to hand them over to Hindus and flee the nation.

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