Posted on February 25, 2020, 1:00 PM IST
Keeping a close eye on the anti-CAA protests the Islamic State’s subcontinental branch has now called on Indian Muslims angered by the Citizenship Amendment Act to abandon political protest, and instead turn to jihadist violence. “Democracy is not going to save you,” asserts the terrorist group’s new digital magazine, Sawt-ul-Hind, released on jihadist online fora late on Monday. “Only shari’ah implemented in its purity in the shade of Khilafah [the caliphate] can now save you.”
The Islamic State magazine’s release came amidst murderous communal violence in north-east Delhi, pitching protestors against supporters of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act just as US President Donald Trump began a high-profile visit to India on Monday.
“Islamist groups have been trying to capitalise on Muslim fears and anxieties around the CAA to create some kind of legitimacy for themselves,” said Khalid Shah, an expert on Kashmiri jihadist groups at the Observer Research Foundation.
“They are sensing an opportunity for themselves in these largely leaderless protests, but until now, they did not appear to be getting a great deal of traction. That could, of course, change”.
“O Muslims of Hind!,” Sawt-ul-Hind [Voice of Hindustan] exhorts readers, “Has the time not come for you to wake up from the deep slumber, which has overtaken all of you to the point of an intoxicated stupor [sic.]? Haven’t you yet realised that the idolatrous Hindus would never ever be pleased with you until you renounce the Deen [religion] of Islam?”
The magazine attacks Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, alleging that they are responsible for “vicious atrocities against the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent, and their unconcealed hatred and enmity against Allah”.
But it also attacks Communist Party of India youth leader Kanhaiya Kumar, All-India Majlis-e Ittehad-ul Muslimeen Member of Parliament Asaduddin Owaisi and well as Deoband school scholars Mahmoud Madani and Arshad Madani, for “misguiding Muslim youth”.
“Do you really think that this is the way that pure Kalimah [declarations of religious faith] is raised up to the throne of the Lord of the Worlds,” the magazine asks. “Do you really think that rubbing shoulders with Communists, Atheists, Christians and Secularists will help you achieve what you desire”?
It attributes the problems of Indian Muslims to their syncretic accommodation with their milieu, saying they have “stooped so low that that you differ from the Hindus only in name”. The magazine also commemorates Pakistani jihadist Amir Sultan, also known as Abu Huzaifa al-Bakistani, who was killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar region last summer.