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Kerala: Challenges

drsundaram

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Swami Chidanandapuri, mathadipathi of Advaita Ashram, Kolathur, Kozhikkode discusses with Rajiv Malhotra, the phenomenon of growing Islamization of Kerala whether it be in politics or demography and what this means in terms of the rampant radicalization of Muslim youth and the influence of ISIS like terrorist organisations in this part of the country. They discuss how radical Islam is being propagated ideologically and gaining ascendancy in Adi Sankara's Kerala and how the intellectual apparatus amplifies the situation by constantly peddling anti-Hindu propaganda via its communist controlled literature and discourse.

 

Raman74

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Swami Chidanandapuri, mathadipathi of Advaita Ashram, Kolathur, Kozhikkode discusses with Rajiv Malhotra, the phenomenon of growing Islamization of Kerala whether it be in politics or demography and what this means in terms of the rampant radicalization of Muslim youth and the influence of ISIS like terrorist organisations in this part of the country. They discuss how radical Islam is being propagated ideologically and gaining ascendancy in Adi Sankara's Kerala and how the intellectual apparatus amplifies the situation by constantly peddling anti-Hindu propaganda via its communist controlled literature and discourse.
Sir

I would like to share the following news item which is relevant to the topic.

Why a section of Kerala's Muslim youth is treading a radical path

Kerala has so far had an indigenous version of Salafism, which is considered relatively progressive, with its emphasis on educating women.

“This whole life is a test... I had to break my mother’s heart, my father’s heart… But what matters most is Allah”

This is part of a 12-minute speech by Ayesha, available on YouTube with the title “A Christian woman accepts Islam”. The visual is blurred but the speaker, clad in a burqa, delivers the testimony convincingly and in fluent English.

This is just one of a series of videos of Malayali women who have converted from Christianity and Hinduism to Islam. But Ayesha’s case is different. Born Sonia Sebastian to a family of Roman Catholics, she is an MBA from Christ University in Bengaluru. Ayesha is also one of the 21 people from Kerala whose mysterious, simultaneous disappearance has come under the scanner of various intelligence agencies. While none of them has so far revealed where they are, there is wide speculation that they are somewhere in the vast swathes of West Asia controlled by the global terror outfit called the Islamic State (IS).

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The Road to Radicalisation

“We can’t overcome spiritual terrorism through wealth. It can happen even among the wealthy,” says KM Shaji, a young MLA from the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and an outspoken voice against fundamentalism. “Spirituality is being traded in the marketplace and there is no force to counter that,” he says, adding that by opting for over-religiosity, these youngsters are merely taking a shortcut to spirituality.

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Salafism in the Cross-hairs

However, Kerala has so far had an indigenous version of Salafism, which is considered relatively progressive, with its emphasis on educating women and letting them worship in mosques. Their largest organisation, the Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen (KNM), was founded in 1950, a successor of the Muslim renaissance movement that goes back to 1921. “KNM was the first organisation to mount a campaign against the religious fascism propagated by Abdul Nasser ..
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Conversion & Disquiet

The other thread tying together some of the missing is Peace International School, a chain of schools run by the Peace Foundation, headed by physics teacher-turnedevangelist MM Akbar. Among the missing 21, five have worked in the school at some point. They include Abdul Rashid, an engineer and Ayesha’s husband, considered by the families of Ijaz and Shihas to have influenced them. While Rashid was a trainer at the schools, Ayesha worked in the branc ..

“Today’s youth are taking a shortcut to spirituality”

KM Shaji (in pic), MLA of the Indian Union Muslim League, recently disclosed in the assembly that he received threats from radical elements. He says the IS controversy has led to the targeting of the Salafi sect. Excerpts:

The 21 who vanished were from middle-class families. Was that surprising?

This kind of fanatic approach to religion happens even among the wealthy. The real problem is that today’s youth are trying to counter the emptiness in their lives by seeking solace through this kind of overreligiosity. If you were truly spiritual, you would try to understand your neighbour’s difficulties and help him, but they don’t do that. Instead, they think they can go to heaven by taking a bullet. This is a shortcut to spirituality, because of laziness and because they are misguided.

And these youngsters don’t look to local religious leaders for guidance?

The younger generation is mostly not from a religious background. They feel like learning about religion suddenly, later in life, and turn to the internet but 99% of what they find is misinterpretation of Islam. In Kerala. there is also a concerted attempt to target Salafism because so far it was the Jamaat ( Jamaat-e-Islami) and the SDPI (Social Democratic Party of India) that were being accused of pro ..

Why did the IUML come out in support of Zakir Naik?

“We don’t resort to romance for conversion

Did you personally know the people who have disappeared and who had worked with Peace schools?

What are your views on the IS?

Are you aligned with the Salafi school of Islam?

What is the role of your organisation Niche of Truth in conversions?

Niche of Truth teaches about Islam in general. Anyone who wishes to convert to Islam could naturally contact me or anyone in the organisation but legally there are only two places in Kerala where you can convert, in Ponnani and Kozhikode. We can guide people to these centres. We don’t actively propagate conversion, particularly through romance.

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