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Ghazi Khalid Ibrahim, the emir of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind (AGH), has issued a message greeting the Muslims of Kashmir and the Indian Subcontinent on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha while urging Muslims of Kashmir to wage jihad independent of Pakistan's control. AGH, which is supposed to be an affiliate of Al-Qaeda in Kashmir, is not seen to be free of the control of Pakistan's intelligence agencies.
Eid Al-Adha is celebrated by Muslims every year to mark Prophet Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son. According to Islam, Abraham (or Ibrahim), obeying the command of Allah, began sacrificing his son when Allah placed a sheep under his sword, and the son was found alive and smiling when Abraham opened his eyes after the sacrifice.
In the message, Ghazi Ibrahim mentions Abraham's sacrifice: "May Allah bless us to tread on the path of Abraham who, trusting in Allah, bore the trial by fire lit by Nimrod and did not hesitate in the sacrifice of his son." Muslims believe that Nimrod was the tyrannical hegemon of his time.
"May Allah also bless us with that iman [faith] so that we can confront the fire lit by the Nimrod of today's era and we always be prepared to offer sacrifices in the jihad against India so that we can liberate this land of Allah from the occupation of kufr [unbelief] and establish the rule of Allah. Amen," Ghazi Ibrahim writes.
Ghazi Ibrahim writes: "The objective behind the establishment of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind was to gather the believers in this region under one flag and one slogan, and to liberate the prayer-like jihad from regional and national interests so that the lands of Muslims can be liberated from occupation by the enemies of Islam and the system [of governance] declared by Allah be established on these lands."
He notes that Muslims believed wrongly for years that "jihad is possible only when it is done under the patronage of Pakistan." His statement should be understood in the context of Kashmir where the jihadi organizations have always been sponsored by the Pakistani intelligence agencies. "In this deception, the criminal responsibility of all those military [i.e., militant] and non-military organizations was involved which concealed the reality from mujahideen and deceived the mujahideen," he explains. Ibrahim notes that such organizations called themselves the jaish ("army") of Allah, hizb ("party") of the mujahideen, or lashkar ("army") of Taiba ("virtue") – a reference to jihadi groups respectively Jaish-e-Muhammad, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, and Lashkar-e-Taiba.
A page from Ghazi Ibrahim's message
Ghazi Ibrahim urges the Muslims of Kashmir to stay away from such jihadi groups. His argument is that while these organizations were supported by Pakistani intelligence, Ansar Ghazwatul Hind came to free jihad from the Pakistani control. Contrary to this claim, AGH is not seen as independent of the Pakistani intelligence agencies.
The AGH emir, citing the military successes of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Afghan Taliban organization), urges Muslims to follow jihad in the true sense. "Congratulate each other on the victories continuing in Khurasan [i.e., Afghanistan]," he says adding that even Kashmiris have shed blood in the jihad of Afghanistan.
"The jihad of Kashmir had not begun at anyone's behest but [Pakistani] secret agencies hijacked this jihad... In the past decade when this jihad was re-started, at that time too it was not begun at the behest of anyone. Rather, the fearless youths of Kashmir snatched weapons from Hindu soldiers and revived this jihad. But once again, secret agencies and their allies in Kashmir hijacked this jihad," the AGH emir says, urging Kashmiris to wage jihad against India.
Ghazi Ibrahim calls upon Muslims to make "Shari'a or Martyrdom" a mission of their life, and reminds trained jihadis in Pakistan that they have stayed away from the battlefield of Kashmir despite their training for jihad. Addressing Muslims in Kashmir, he says they are caught between the "traitor Pakistani military generals" on the one side and the polytheist Hindus of India on the other.
"My dear brothers in Kashmir, we are preparing for a decisive war, a war which will become the cause of Kashmir's independence, and which will herald the establishment of the Islamic system in India once again," the AGH emir says.
Source: Talk.gnews.bz/channel/gimf-agh, July 20, 2021.