Mumbai: 21-year-old, Areeb Majid who had reportedly joined the Islamic State militant group in Syria has died in clashes, according to his associates. Majid, an engineering student was one of the four persons who disappeared from Kalyan last month and was suspected to have joined the extremist group.
Sahim Tanki, who had also gone to Iraq with Majid, on Tuesday night informed his family about the death.
On receiving the news, Majid’s family was inconsolable, and offered ‘ghaibana namaz-e-janaza’ (prayer for the deceased in absentia) along with the relatives and neighbours.
The four missing youths have been identified as Aman Naik Tandel, Sahim Farooqui Tanki and Fahad Tanvir Sheikh, including Majid. The men reportedly flew to Baghdad with a group of pilgrims on May 23. Majid last contacted his family was on May 25.
In a long farewell note for his family which he had left behind, Majid, the son of a Unani medicine practitioner, had expressed anguish over various issues like “sinning, smoking, taking interest, watching TV, illegal sexual intercourse, intermingling of sexes, not praying or growing beards, lewdness, obscenity, disbelief, living luxurious lives” etc.
Arif in his letter had reportedly warned his shocked family that “these things will lead to you burning in hellfire”. He added that he would meet his (unidentified) friend for “our greatest journey”, which would be “a blessed journey for me because I don’t want to live in this sinful country”.
The volatile situation in Iraq is giving Indian security and intelligence officials sleepless nights because of the danger of a jihadi spill over to India as the “contagion” has the potential to spread through the Islamist arc from the middle east to China through Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.