This is what Pakistani children are learning in Deobandi and Wahhabi madrassahs.
It is a known fact that as long as we have sectarian madrassahs, websites and literature of extremist Deobandis and Ahl-e-Hadith (Wahhabis) in Pakistan, it will not be possible to eradicate the menace of jihadi and sectarian terrorism in this country and the entire region.
While Pakistani nation is facing suicide attacks by the brainwashed Deobandi (and some Wahhabi) teenagers on a regular basis, while innocent Pakistanis are dying in mosques, imambargahs, churches, markets and offices, while some units of Pakistan Army are fighting the bad (i.e., out of control) Taliban in Swat, FATA and other parts of the country, it may be futile to fight such wars unless the factories producing suicide bombers are not highlighted and dismantled.
Equally important, one must also consider Pakistan Army’s (ISI’s) continued strategy of using non-state actors (jihadi and sectarian extremists) as cost-effective recruits for its ‘strategic’ operations in Afghanistan and India.
Muslaman Bachay: Case study of an online jihadi magazine for Muslim kids
Here is a glimpse of what kind of literature is being taught to very young children in extremist Deobandi and Wahhabi madrassahs and also through their magazines and newspapers (some of them are also available on line).
We provide a brief overview of one online Urdu mgazine titled Musalman Bachay (Muslim Kids) and its associated websites. These websites are being run by an ISI-sponsored Maulana Masood Azhar who is an extremist Deobandi terrorist, and is himself a student of the Father of the Taliban Mufti Taqi Usmani of Karachi.
Let us start with the editorial page of “Musalman Bachay” available at the following link:
The editorial offers an example of a sahabi (companion) of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) illustrating how the sahabi was only a child when he took up a sword to wage jihad against someone who was blasphemous to the Prophet. The editorial then encourages Muslim children that they must kill any kafir (infidel) who commits blasphemy to the honour of the Prophet. This editorial must be read in conjunction with the recent demand by the Taliban to execute a Christian mother of five, Aasia Bibi, who has been charged with blasphemy to the Prophet of Islam.
On its front page, the magazine provides links to the following jihadi websites:
Rang o Noor
Banat e Ayesha
Juma Lectures at the Usman o Ali Mosque
Kids’ Artwork: A specimen of brainwashing
A young child models Ghazi Abdul Rashid (terrorist Mullah of Lal Masjid) as his hero
Website for Muslim women
Extremist Deobandi terrorists have also set up a website titled Daughters of Ayesha (Banat-e-Ayesha) to brainwash Muslim women. There are many jihadi articles on that website. One article is titled “Punishment for not participating in Jihad”. It is written by someone named Muhammad Usman, the martyr of Halmand, Afghanistan.
Apparently the online magazine is based in Bahawlpur. For example, a notorious Deobandi mosque in Bahawalpur (Markaz Usman o Ali) has been promoted through this magazine and the lectures of Maulana Masood Azhar, his brother Mufti Abdur Rauf Asghar, Mufti Nizamuddin Shamezai, and Mufti Yusuf Ludhianvi are provided online.
Here is a candid admission by Mullah Masood Azhar that in view of his jihadi commitments in the Jaish-e-Muhammad and Sipah-e-Sahaba (of the ISI), he is setting up these websites including the Ihya-e-Sunnat; his deputy Mullah Salees Ahmad of Bahawalpur is responsible for religious propaganda on his behalf.
Address for registration for jihad against Shias, Christians, Ahmadis, Barelvis, Hindus and Americans
On one of the linked websites (Ahya-e-Sunnat), an address is provided in case someone needs to contact them to register for jihad:
مزید معلومات اور رجسٹریشن کے لئے اوپر دیئے گئے پتہ یا فون نمبر پر رابطہ کریں
ای میل پر رجسٹریشن نہیں کی جاتی
Please contact to the above address or phone number for more information and registration.
You can not register through email.
The ISI Connection
The connection between the ISI and Mullah Masood Azhar (and other extremist Deobandi and Wahhabi organisations) is widely known in Pakistan. Mullah Masood Azhar was a close friend of Mullah Azam Tariq, slain leader of the Deobandi terrorist group Sipah-e-Sahaba.
Historically, the ISI has been using religious hatred based jihadi and sectarian curriculum in religious madrassahs in order to recruit non-uniformed jihadi soldiers for its operations in Afghanistan and Kashmir.
There is ample evidence that the ISI continues to have collaboration with religious madrassahs, in particular, with the extremist Deobandi madrassahs headed by Mufti Taqi Usmani, Muhammad Hanif Jallandhari, Mulla Sami-ul-Haq and similar other madrassahs operated by the Jamaat-e-Islami and Sipah-e-Sahaba.
The ISI has similar collaborative arrangements with the Ahl-e-Hadith (Wahhabi) madrassahs operated by Hafiz Muhammad Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa / Lashkar-e-Taiba.
While extremist Wahhabis are used by the ISI for its operations in Kashmir, extremist Deobandis are used for operations in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas and also in Afghanistan.
It is however a fact that almost all suicide attacks and other acts of jihadi and sectarian violence in Pakistan are performed by extremist Deobandis (of the Taliban and Sipah-e-Sahaba).
It is high time that the government of Pakistan must nationalize all religious madrassahs (not only of Deobandi and Ahl-e-Hadith sects but also belonging to other sects including Barelvis and Shias).
Such madrassahs must be converted into government schools and their curricula completely replaced by the existing government schools curricula.
Pakistan cyber crime and anti-terrorism agencies must bring down such websites and arrest their editors and owners for spreading hate speech, violence and inciting to terrorism.
International agencies (e.g. UNO, European Union, IMF) must offer (a tightly monitored) generous support to Pakistan in order to control this menace, as the aim is to control the ever expanding wave of religious hatred-motivated jihadi and sectarian terrorism.
However, this will not be possible until there is an extreme internal and external pressure on Pakistan military and the ISI to refrain from further exploitation of religion to recruit non-state actors (jihadi soldiers).
This in turn means that Pakistan military and its agencies must be brought under a complete control of Pakistan’s civilian government. However, how will this happen remains a huge question mark for all concerned Pakistanis particularly in view of the historical and ongoing marriage of necessity between the CIA and the ISI.