New Delhi: Family of Mohammad Marwan, one of the 21 missing youth from Kerala who are feared to have joined Islamic State, was left shocked after they received a message from him that read, “People may call me a terrorist. If fighting in the path of Allah is terrorism, yes I am a terrorist.”
According to a report in The Times of India, Marwan sent the message via the Telegram app in the last week of June. Though he claims that he sent the message from territory under Islamic State’s control in West Asia, the intelligence agencies are yet to confirm his location.
Marwan, in his message, promised that he will come back only after “he finishes work with IS to help the persecuted Muslims in Kashmir, Gujarat and Muzaffarnagar.”
“Here, Muslims, including little children, are killed in the bomb attack by the US and Russian forces. How can I sit comfortably at home when the Muslim ummah (community) is attacked (sic),” The Times of India quoted Marwan as saying in his message.
In the Telegram message, he also quoted the Quran saying, “Allah will ask what I was doing when the community was being persecuted. Didn't the Prophet taught (sic) us that the entire ummah is like one body? It is my religious duty to fight for the protection of the community.”
He also said that conditions in IS-controlled areas are in bad shape.
“You have facilities like palatial houses, fridge and car, but see the condition of the Muslims here. Here, they don't have even have electricity as the enemies of Islam have blocked everything. However, the people are contended (sic) and happy as they believe that Allah is with them,” he wrote.
Marwan said that he is completely aware of what he is doing. He also explained his message he has not been brainwashed by anyone to join the Islamic State.
“I decided to leave for fighting for Islam after reading news about the developments in the Islamic State. If killed in the fight for Islam, I will be treated as a martyr in my after-life. The martyr who died fighting for Islam has the privilege of recommending 70 persons (sic) from family to the other world (heaven),” he wrote.
Few days ago, Ijas Muhammad, another youth from Kerala who had disappeared mysteriously, had sent a similar audio message to his parents informing them that he has reached his destination and they need not look for him anymore.
“We reached our destination. There is no point in complaining to police as this will create more problems for you. We have no plans to return from the abode of Allah,” he had said in his message.
Muhammad had a medical degree from China and was working with a clinic at Vadakara in Kozhikode district.
Nimisha, sister of a NSG commando and a student of dentistry, is also suspected to be among the 21 people who have disappeared from Kerala and are feared to have joined the ISIS terror outfit.
Nimisha was married to 30-year-old Bexin Vincent, a Christian MBA graduate who took the name Eza after converting to Islam.