Raising Muslim Kids as Foot-Soldiers

Zeal for an impending Caliphate.

Just as the crowd of recovered Covid-19 patients takes a position for a picture, as victors who defeated the virus, a six-year-old among them jumps in joy, sloganeering, “Hum Modi ko Marenge.” It translates as, “We will kill Modi.”

Narendra Modi is the sitting Prime Minister of India. He was elected democratically in 2014, and again, in 2019. Being the non-conventional Prime Minister who didn’t emerge from the leftist coterie and didn’t pander to Islamists in the name of secularism, Modi was never a favorite of the liberals. His sentiments toward Muslims was no secret either. In the past six years, the silent majority learned to live with their elected chief being disparaged by the self-declared flagbearers of morality, who, claiming higher moral ground, had wished death upon the Prime Minister multiple times.

Up came a case that was a little different, though not unexpected. A six-year-old Muslim child’s entire family had tested positive for Covid-19 and were linked with the group Tabligi Jamaat that acted as super-spreaders in the initial stages of the pandemic in India.

After the members of this Muslim family were discharged from Index Hospital in Indore, India, they lined up for a photo-op. Since having recovered, they have become a success story. Doctors, nurses, hospital staff, and political leaders joined the family to congratulate them on their recovery.

While the burqa-clad women and men in skull caps prepared for their picture, the six-year-old child jumped in glory, announcing his ambition to assassinate the sitting Prime Minister of the country. Curiously, his family members didn’t reprimand him. Instead, they laughed encouragingly -- according to a local political leader present at the occasion.

This is not an isolated incident of a Muslim child planning the Indian leader’s assassination. In January, a Muslim mother-daughter duo from Kerala posted a video clip on the popular video-sharing site Tik-Tok from the mother’s handle @Shaikha350. Discussing the supposedly planned assassination of the Prime Minister, the mother asked her daughter, “What should be done to save India?” The daughter—about five or six years old, responded, “Modi needs to be killed.” The mother quizzes: “and who will kill him?” The child responds: “you will.”

The video went viral, leaving netizens stunned, leading to massive outrage against the mother who was deemed to be a national threat by many. She was compelled to take the video down, but her intentions surely remained intact.

I will give one more example before discussing the root cause of the harrowing radicalization we see among children of a particular community.

For the first time in 70 years after being partitioned from India, the government of Islamic Pakistan spared a thought for the perennially persecuted minorities of the country. It decided on giving the handful of Hindus in Pakistan a Hindu temple dedicated to the Hindu deity, Krishna. The construction had hardly commenced when Islamists attacked and vandalized the structure in progress. Numerous Pakistanis expressed their abject objection toward the sole Hindu temple being built, and fatwas were issued against its construction; but what drew the media’s attention to this part of the world (not the liberal print houses with a selective conscience) was a video posted by a Pakistani father featuring his two toddlers vowing to kill all Hindus if a Hindu temple was erected in Islamabad.

In the video, the Pakistani father greets fellow Pakistanis as "brothers and sisters" and introduces his two sons-- aged no more than four years old. The camera focuses on the children, and the older one proclaims, “Mr. Imran Khan, if a temple is constructed in Islamabad, and then remember, I will kill all Hindus one by one. Understand? Allah Hafiz.” The younger one chimes in with an excited nod, the proud father then throws a challenge to the country chieftain, “See, now it is up to you.”

These are not mere children displaying their innocence to the world; they are future citizens, being raised with hate and bigotry. Their malleable minds are being criminalized from tender years, and they are being systematically conditioned to grow into adults with alarming instincts.  

Conditioning children to act with vehement disregard for non-Muslims is nothing new among Islamists. This practice is found across Asian countries with a thriving Muslim population and it's being introduced to the West, step-by-step.

The connection between terror groups and Madrassas has been studied in-depth and established by several scholars worldwide. In the report, “Madrasas and Recruitment of Child Soldiers: The Scenario in Afghanistan, authors Ghulam Mohammad Qane and Mohammad Naqib Ishan Jan investigate the role of madrasas (religious schools) in the recruitment and training of child soldiers.  Western audiences are well aware of the Taliban, but many do not know that the very word “Taliban” translates to “student” in the local dialect.

The Islamic State, according to research by Ghulam Mohammad Qane, Mohammad Naqib Ishan Jan, prefers recruits with exceptional religious knowledge. They write:

“The founders and leaders of Taliban are almost invariably madrasa graduates and students, and they have time and again turned to madrasas under their control for new recruits.”  

Mufti Jafar Hussain, who formed the Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Fiqa-e-Jafaria, had received an education from Madaris in Lucknow. The Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan was established by a Darul Ulum Eidgah Kabirwala disciple, Maulana Haq Nawaz Jhangvi. And notorious Islamist and terrorist Masood Azhar, chief of the Pakistan-based terror-organization Jaish-e-Mohammad, is a religious scholar trained in Islamic education at Jamia Ulum Al-Islamia, Banuri Town, Karachi.

In 2018, India Today carried out a sting operation on Kerala’s Madrassas and the findings exposed the seminaries programming impressionable minds with the objectives of ISIS. Their dream was to establish a universal caliphate, which they were determined to realize through a worldwide war. India Today quoted the joint secretary of a madrasa funded by a local trust:

“It's there in our hearts. We share this with the children bit by bit. There's no rush. A caliphate is not built in a day.”

Kerala supplies the maximum number of new recruits to ISIS from India.

Many madrasas take their terror training to the next level. Two were found to be training women in the art of bomb-making during the investigation of a series of bomb-blasts in Burdwan, West Bengal, India. The students of such institutions are radicalized to such extremes that when a local madrasa teacher in the state was arrested for possessing crude bombs and other weapons illegally, his students descended in large numbers and blocked major roads, fracturing the transportation system. In another incident, 32-bore pistols with tons of bullets were recovered from the Darul Quran Hamidia madarsa, Uttar Pradesh, India when the police, prompted by a tip-off, carried out a raid at the institution of Islamic religious studies.

Now you may feel relieved that this is a headache restricted to the governments and people living in south Asian countries. Think again. Back in 2011, CNN, a media house as leftist as it gets, spearheaded an investigation on what was being taught in Madrasas. What they discovered was disturbing. Kids were being trained to hate the Western world, the UK, and the Americas, and aspired to live the legacy of Osama Bin Laden. Usman Khan, the London Bridge attacker who was shot dead on November 29, 2019, aspired to start a Madrasa and terror training camp on his family-owned land in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and raise a fresh crop of jihadis.

While some children have their own families planting the seed of hate in their hearts, others develop this seed through their “schools.” Surrounded by and indoctrinated with hate, these youngsters' futures are choreographed for violence and terror. Westerners need to know a lot more about the madrasas operating within their communities -- and what these Islamic religious schools are filling children's minds with and the dark journeys they're setting them out on.

Radhika Singh has a treasury of stories that prove how Communists and Islamists together destroy the cultural richness, historical legacy, tradition and religion of any nation. Radhika would like to be known as a Hindu Indian who represents a generation that has woken up from a 1000 years of slumber.