Muslims are fighting against Muslims, says a disillusioned former Jihadi back in Britain from Burma
11/1/2017 4:50:06 PM
|written By : Ashali Varma|
When we see the plight of the Rohingya refugees, we are naturally concerned for them. But what do we really know about them and the fight against the state that has been going on for years?
I saw a documentary recently made by Deeyah Khan called Jihad, which was nominated for the Bafta Awards. It is about British-born Jihadis who went to different countries to fight back against what they perceived as a war against Muslims. All of them are back in Britain and quite disillusioned.
In the film, the ultimate Jihadi actually breaks down. His name is Abu Muntasir. He was one of the founders of the Jihad movement and went to Afghanistan, Kashmir and Burma, he says. He used to believe fervently that the Koran is his constitution; Jihad his way; and to seek death or martyrdom in the name of Allah, his highest goal.
“I inspired, recruited, trained and got funding for it,” he says.
So, what made him give it all up? In a nutshell, it was the endemic corruption in the Mujahideen and the fact that it was all about Muslims killing Muslims, everywhere he went. Even as early as the 1990s, he started having doubts about what he was doing and for whom.
But his last war was in Burma (Myanmar) and it was the clincher. He went to fight for the Rohingya who he thought were fighting against the state.
“I saw the corruption. How the Muslim commanders have a privileged diet,” he said. He would raise $100,000 at a go and half the money would go to pay the fees of a commander’s son who was studying in Malaysia!