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Malala says education kills terrorism; one dead Muslim engineer-turned-ISIS jihadi begs to differ

Indian intelligence agencies verified on June 6 that a Malayali Muslim engineer from Kerala, who had joined the terrorist outfit ISIS, had died in Libya. His name, “Abu Bakr Al-Hindi,” has also been commemorated in a document of the Islamic State entitled “Know Your Martyrs.” He has been venerated as an “Istishhadi,” which translates to a Martyr killed in a war, or, as ordinary people would say, a suicide bomber.

Now here is an interesting observation. “Abu Bakr Al-Hindi,” whose real name has not been revealed, reportedly was a Christian by birth. He was born into a prosperous Christian family in Kerala which has produced many successful engineers. As a matter of fact, “Istishhadi” “Abu Bakr Al-Hindi” was also an engineer who was employed in Bengaluru, Karnataka before flying to the Gulf to chase better career prospects. He found himself within a completely Islamic milieu in the Gulf, and was introduced to Islam by means of a leaflet he was handed at a supermarket.

He learned in the leaflet that Muslims recognize Jesus, which increased his interest in Islam. Subsequently, he discovered the speeches of Anwar-Awlaki, and was motivated by them to the point that he decided to convert to Islam, fly to Libya (which he could do easily with his Indian passport and Christian identity) and then join the Islamic State (ISIS).

It is safe to infer that this well-educated Christian engineer was only inspired to become a terrorist after he embraced Islam. Back in 2018, India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested 52 people for allegedly being ISIS terrorists. These were mostly engineers or postgraduates, born in Hindu or Christian families, who had converted to Sunni Islam. The Indian state of Kerala, which prides itself on having the highest literacy rate in the country, is gradually turning into the breeding ground for ISIS terrorists in India. ISIS is training and recruiting numerous academically qualified Muslim youth from Kerala.

The global liberal sweetheart, Malala Yousafzai, recently earned praise for her much-celebrated statement, “With guns, you can kill terrorists, and with education, you can kill terrorism.” Why are these youth of exceptionally meritorious academic background giving up on their bright ambitions and picking up weapons after being influenced by and converting to Islam? Will Malala, a Nobel laureate, kindly explain?

She won’t. So we did our own research.

  • Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 jihad attacks, had earned a degree in civil engineering from King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah. However, his major area of interest remained “religion” at the university, and he was involved in interpreting the Qur’an.
  • Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the principal architect of the 9/11 attacks, was awarded a Bachelor of Science (BS) in mechanical engineering by North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 1986. Later, he discarded engineering and pursued a Master’s in Islamic Culture and History from Punjab University in Pakistan.
  • Abdul Rahman Yasin, an American citizen of Iraqi descent, who was accused of constructing bombs in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, had a Ph.D.
  • Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the co-founder of the Islamic terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, which has carried out countless attacks on innocent people, including the 2008 Mumbai jihad attacks, has a Master’s degree in Islamic Studies, awarded by the King Saud University in Riyadh.
  • Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada, the chief of Islamic jihad outfit known as the Taliban, is a religious scholar. He has been an instructor at an Islamic madrassa, training over 100,000 students, and had also presided as the Chief Justice of the Shariah Courts of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

While we have highlighted only a few major and globally recognized names, the list would be infinite if we listed all the Islamic terrorists who have advanced degrees. One trait shared by all of these highly skilled individuals is their far-reaching interest in Islamic philosophy; this is evident, and there’s no room for denial. Malala and her ilk may not like it, and will likely choose to look the other way, as they always do.

Alternatively, they may acknowledge that modern-day jihad terrorists are better educated than a great many people.

They are making bombs and plotting large-scale destruction, thumbing their noses at the governments of advanced nations. To continue to perpetuate the fallacy that terrorism is the recourse of the illiterate any further will only lead to ever-spiraling devastation. Combating jihad terrorists effectively will require a fundamental transformation in how we interpret, observe and counter terrorism. Before that, world leaders must reject the phony claims of political correctness and admit that it is not the socioeconomic environment of a person, but a certain type of religiosity that is producing terrorists by the dozens every hour of the day, and even more in the night.

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