An article, titled "We Are Fighting In Iraq And Syria And Our Eyes Are On Al-Quds," in Issue 16 of the ISIS magazine "Sawt Al-Hind" includes a photo of an ISIS flag put up outside the main gate at a central mosque in Kashmir, maybe in the capital city of Srinagar, while a message written on a second banner accompanying the flag declares: "We are fighting in Iraq and Syria and our eyes are on Al-Quds – Wilayah Hind."
"Wilayah Hind" refers to the India Province of the Islamic State (ISIS). Islamist groups use "Al-Quds" interchangeably to refer to Jerusalem or to all of Palestine. In the article, the words accompanying the flag are expanded to include Afghanistan: "We are fighting in Iraq, Sham [Syria], Khurasan [Afghanistan], but by Allah, our eyes are on al-Aqsa." The article comes amid recent fighting between Israel and the Palestinians.
Sawt Al-Hind is an English-language monthly magazine published by Ansarul Khilafah in Hind, or the Aiders of the (ISIS) Caliphate in India. The magazine's latest issue corresponds to the Arabic month of Shawwal 1442, beginning May 14, 2021. The magazine carries several articles promoting jihad.
Following is the text of the article:
"This Issue [Of Palestine] Will Only Be Solved By The Muslim Ummah, The Muwahiddin [Islamic Monotheists, A New Term For Jihadis]"
"Bayt Al-Maqdas, the first qiblah [direction of prayer], the crown of our head, the coolness of our eye, the blessed land where our Imam [Islam's founder Muhammad] led all the prophets and messengers in prayer. For decades, we have witnessed, how the cursed Jews desecrate the sacredness of this Holy Land, we have witnessed for years how Israel inflicted terror on the believers in Filastin [i.e., Palestine] while the countries claiming to be the guardians of the believers limited themselves to issuing statements condemning Israel.
"Some of them [Islamic countries] ask the believers to give up fighting against Israel and live in harmony and cooperation with these cursed killers. And some among them even issued verdicts claiming those fighting Israel are not sympathizers of Muslims but their enemies.
"The recent Jewish assault in Filastin should serve as a wake-up call to all Muslims around the world; they should not be deceived by what the Tawaghit [oppressor] rulers and their followers say, these munafiqeen [hypocrites] and murtadeen [apostates] are more concerned about their national interests than the interests of Islam and Muslims. Let everybody know that this is not a matter of ethnicity or race, it is the matter of Islam.
"This issue [of Palestine] will only be solved by the Muslim Ummah, the muwahiddin [Islamic monotheists, a new term for jihadis]; and we need to wake up to the reality of what is happening there. Indeed, the muwahiddin are the true inheritors of Bayt al-Maqdas, not the outspoken apostate Shi'ite Majus factions such as the Rafidhi Hizb ash-Shaytan or the Hamas which is ankle deep in misguidance and apostasy [enjoying support of the Shi'ite state of Iran], and not the Arab Tawaghit, who have restricted themselves to expressing condemnations in the newspapers and media to portray themselves as sympathizers of Muslims.
"We ask Muslims if they see Al-Quds liberated tomorrow and then handed over to a secular government calling itself the so-called 'Islamic' Republic, and see Muslims live there without apprehension, in peace, and protection, or anything along those lines, or if a group calling itself Hamas comes to authority in al-Quds and Muslims have so-called freedom and democracy, will they embrace it?
"It is indeed the best way to determine the fallacy of certain individuals and organizations because this is where such groups fail and this is where their misguidance becomes apparent, when they embrace it."
"Our Aim Is To Liberate Al-Aqsa And Not To Hand It Over To Any Murtad Government Which Has Renounced Islam"
"We see many parties and groups carrying the slogans of Bayt al-Maqdis on their heads and presenting it as a central issue, while they themselves suspend shari'a in such a manner that it is as though liberation of al-Quds is a pre-requisite for restoring shari'a.
"Mind that freeing al-Quds or assisting and supporting the Palestinians will not absolve murtad [apostate] groups and governments from takfir [i.e., being declared to be unbelievers], nor will they be declared Muslims by doing so; rather they will remain murtaddin until they don't repent from their kufr [unbeliever], and they should be aware that they are the ones who forbid the religion.
"Know, our aim is the complete authority of shari'a law, and we seek to free the first Qiblah [i.e., Jerusalem] and implement the divine law, not only to free Palestinian Muslims from the tyranny or al-Quds from Jewish occupation and then hand it over to a democratic individual or to the Arab tawaghit.
The ISIS flag at Markazi Jama Masjid in Kashmir
"Our aim is to liberate Al-Aqsa and not to hand it over to any murtad government which has renounced Islam or those so-called Sururi and Jihadi groups that have fell into multiple nullifiers of Islam.
"Every single Muslim wound will be avenged in a way that will send shivers down the spines of these kuffar [unbelievers] and their allies. Strikes carried by Israel against Muslim children will not be forgotten and the desecration caused to the Masjid Al-Aqsa is not a thing to be taken lightly.
"The condemnations are not enough. They need to see some action from the Lions of Islam. We have faith in Allah and believe in the tidings given to the Muslims by [Muhammad,] the Messenger... of Allah almighty. We are fighting in Iraq, Sham, Khurasan but by Allah, our eyes are on al-Aqsa."
Source: Telegram.me/al-tamkin, May 17, 2021. The original English of the article has been lightly edited for clarity and standardization.