I was taught not to join the Indian army because we have to fight ‘our own men’: 24-year-old Islamic scholar

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Askar Ali, 24, renounces his religion
  • Askar Ali was kidnapped and beaten by members of his community
  • On April 30, a local magistrate’s court allowed him to live as he wished.

Kolam: In a shocking incident of blatant intolerance, a 24-year-old Islamic scholar named Askar Ali who recently renounced his religion was abducted and assaulted by a gang of ten members from his own community in Kollam. He was about to attend a program in Kollam, where he was ready to “reveal the reasons for repudiating Islam‘.

The 24-year-old was taken to a beach in broad daylight, pushed inside a car and then beaten by the gang which included his relatives. The incident happened in Kollam on May 1 as Askar Ali was about to attend a program themed “Those Who Consume Religion”.

Kollam police had filed a case against 10 people including his relatives after a complaint from Askar Ali, a native of Malappuram.

According to Ali’s complaint, a group of people from Malappuram tried to abduct him to ensure that he would not address the event on May Day. Kollam Beach, where I was bullied. They destroyed my cell phone and tore my clothes. They took me by force into a vehicle and tried to lock me inside. When the locals raised the alarm, the police rescued me,” he said.

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Ali was supposed to speak at an event organized by “Essense Global”, an organization promoting “scientific spirit, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform in society”.

Ali had completed a 12-year training hudawi religious program of a major religious academy in Malappuram.

Ali, who spoke to Times Digital from an undisclosed location, said he was targeted by a group of Islamic fundamentalists for his decision to renounce Islam.

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“We were taught to hate other communities and not to join the Indian army because we will have to kill members of our own community, which is against our religious principles. This is what we have been taught because we will be forced to kill terrorists who try to infiltrate Indian soil. Aren’t they Muslims? Our religion teaches us not to kill another Muslim. It really is a dangerous education. Not only that, they even teach us how to spread this ideology to other members of the community. It is extremely dangerous. Banning an organization will not help stem this threat. Islam as it is is real fascism,” said Askar Ali who spoke at the event which was postponed to another date in the presence of police.

On April 30, Ali’s family filed a missing person complaint in Malappuram. On Monday night, Malappuram police brought Ali before a local magistrate’s court, which allowed him to live as he wished.

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