NEW DELHI: Former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Musa, in his first message as an al-Qaeda operative, released an audio recording on Monday bashing 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. Provoking the recent brutalities against Muslims in India, Musa repeated 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 Whats App groups. Against a black al-Qaeda banner, with a world map added along with and two Kalashnikov’s rifles emblazoned on two sides, Musa spoke in Kashmir i-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 dishonored and Indian Muslims keep screaming that ‘Islam is peace’.”
“They (Indian Muslims) are the most 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 honor 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 intermingled 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.”