by Abhishek Sharan, Hindustan Times | HindustanTimes.com | October 9, 2011
New Delhi -- The Indian Mujahideen (IM) has authored two books, titled 'Aam Tabaahi' (total destruction)' and 'Jihad Mein Shirqat Ke 44 Tarikey' (44 ways of participating in holy war), seeking to justify the banned outfit's ideology on terror and jihad. The two books penned in Urdu also seek to induct fresh recruits at a time when the IM is regrouping after the arrest of around 55 of its key members since 2008. Copies of the books have already been circulated in circles of operatives and sympathisers.
The revelations about the compilation of the books were made recently by two key arrested IM operatives, Mumbai's unani doctor Abu Faisal alias 'Doctor' and Ranchi's computer engineer Sayed Afaq Iqbal alias Danish Riyaz, who have been charged for terror activities under the Unlawful Activities and Prevention Act.
A source said Faisal allegedly admitted to having "written and edited the books, and used downloaded portions from the Internet." The source also said, "According to Danish Riyaz and Faisal, 'Jihad Mein Shirqat Ke 44 Tarikey' is about 44 methods of participating in jihad, including undertaking violent actions, and gathering funds… Aam Tabaahi seeks to justify on religious grounds the killing of the unarmed in the name of taking revenge for alleged atrocities against Indian Muslims."
According to the alleged confessions of Faisal and Iqbal submitted in a Hyderabad court, the former had taken religious-cum-ideological inputs from two Hyderabad-based clerics-Maulana Abdul Alim Islahi and Maulana Naseeruddin-to compile the books. Faisal had allegedly met the clerics many times between October and March 2009 and gave them the copies. Islahi allegedly gave "Rs 20, 000" to Faisal to fund SIMI/IM activities.