Vicky Nanjappa

Journalism for Vertebrates®

How an Arabic to Malayalam book on Jihad led to Islamic fanaticism in Kerala

New Delhi, Oct 29: The Malayalam translation of the 14th century Arabic text Mashari-Al-Ushaaq or the Book of Jihad has been used in Kerala extensively by the Islamic State.

In the year 2018, the National Investigation Agency had produced a copy of the Book of Jihad in a special court after scores of Kerala Muslims left the state to join the ISIS in Afghanistan. The NIA claimed that a member of this module, Abdul Rashid had used quotes extensively from this book. It was further stated that it was these discourses that convinced many to join the ISIS as they were told that Jihad is an obligation for the Islamic faithful.

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