Former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Musa, in his first message as an al-Qaeda operative, released an audio recording on Monday slamming Indian Muslims for not joining Islamic jihad for ‘Ghazwa-e-Hind’ (the final and last battle for the conquest of India).
Two senior Jammu & Kashmir police officers confirmed it was Musa’s voice. Invoking the recent “atrocities” against Muslims in India, Musa reiterated that the war was not just limited to Kashmir. “It’s a war between Islam and the infidel,” he declared in his first direct address to Indian Muslims in an audio clip shared via Telegram and WhatsApp groups. Against a black al-Qaeda banner, with a world map added along with and two Kalashnikovs rifles emblazoned on two sides, Musa spoke in Kashmiri-accented Urdu.
Recalling multiple instances of lynching of Muslims by cow-vigilantes, Musa shamed Indian Muslims for not standing up for the victims.
In his rant against Indian Muslims, Musa said, “They are the most shameless Muslims in the world. They should be ashamed of calling themselves Muslims. Our sisters are getting abused and dishonoured and Indian Muslims keep screaming that ‘Islam is peace’.”
“They (Indian Muslims) are the most ‘beghairat qaum’ (shameless community) who cannot speak up against oppression and injustice. Is this what our Prophet and his ‘salafs’ (followers) have taught us? They gave their blood during the wars and martyrdom for the honour of our sisters,” Musa said.
Referring to the historic Islamic ‘Jung-e-Badr’, he said, “They were 313 and ruled the world. We are crores now but only as slaves.”
Warning Indian Muslims, Musa said, “You still have a chance to stand up and join us. Come forward or it will be too late for you.” Show cow vigilantes “the muscle of Islam and Muslim community”, he said.
The audio clip was interspersed with various Islamic quotes both in English and Urdu and pictures of al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden killed by US Navy Seals in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in 2011.
“The fact that the whole world is against one religion shows just how powerful that religion is #Islam (sic),” a background quote read.
The clip carried a background display of al Qaeda’s noted motivator and recruiter Imam Anwar al Awlaki (killed in Yemen in 2011) picture and quote, “The end result is that Islam will win.”
In an indirect reference to the Hurriyat that has been insisting on resolution of the Kashmir issue under the UN resolutions, Musa said, quoting bin Laden, “If they want to solve our tragedies of today in the United Nations, then they are merely hypocrites who are seeking to deceive Allah and his messenger and the believers. Are not all our tragedies only because of the UN?”
The producer of the audio clip seemed to be some N N Ach whose initials were inscribed at the bottom, implying that Musa and his group are tech-savvy and have resources to create such high-end content.
“We will take revenge of each murder and every atrocity committed against a Muslim and establish Sharia not just in India but across the world,” he warned.
He also refuted the claims of some unidentified masked terrorists that they belong to Zakir Musa’s group and they helped police to kill Hizbul commander Sabzar Bhat.