Social Media Being Used to Recruit Jihadists For ISIS in India

By Lauretta Brown | August 13, 2014 | 2:33 PM EDT

A photo posted on a militant website shows ISIS jihadists with captured Iraqi soldiers. (AP photo)

( -- Militant Muslims are using social media to recruit jihadists in India on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also know as the Islamic State (IS).

Al Isabah Media, which claims on its Twitter account to be "Ansar ut Tawheed Fi Bilad Al Hind" (translated by the Daily Mail as “Supporters of Monotheism in the Land of India”) recently posted an ISIS recruitment video featuring a Canadian jihadist with Hindi, Urdu, and Tamil subtitles and the IS hashtag.

Al Isabah Media also posted the video to their Facebook account, which has 2,866 likes.

The recruitment video was also tweeted out by the “Al-Battar Media Foundation” which is “dedicated to spreading the #NEWS of the #Islamic_State\#IS to the #English speaking audience.”

The eleven-minute video, titled “Al-Ghuraba The Chosen Few of Different Lands,” is narrated in slightly accented English by “Abu Muslim Al Kanadi,” (Abu Muslim from Canada) who tells his tale of embracing jihad and leaving Canada for Syria.

Shots of arrest papers in the video identify the man as Andre Poulin of Timmins, Ontario, a Muslim convert who reportedly died in combat in Syria last August.

“ I was like your everyday, regular Canadian before Islam,” Poulin begins, adding: “It’s not like I was some social outcast. It wasn’t like I was some anarchist or somebody that just wants to destroy the world and kill everybody.”

“Life in Canada was good. I had money, I had good family,” he continued. “But at the end of the day, you cannot obey Allah Subhanahu Wa ta'ala fully as you can by living in a Muslim country and an Islamic State. ...My brothers, how can you answer to [Allah] when you' live on the same street [with the kafir], when you're using their lights and paying taxes to them and they use these taxes to wage war on Islam?”

“Every person can contribute something to the Islamic State (IS),” Abu Muslim said in his call for Muslims everywhere to come to wage jihad in Syria.

The video contains footage of Poulin and other members of the ISIS engaged in combat with the Syrian Army at Minnigh Airport in North Syria in 2013, where he was reportedly killed.

It ends with a gruesome close-up of his dead body, with another narrator saying that he had “certainty of Allah’s promise” of a reward, and a quote from the Quran: “Indeed, those who have believed and those who have emigrated and fought in the cause of Allah, those hope for the mercy of Allah. And Allah is forgiving and Merciful.”

The new translations for this video come after reports last week of four young middle-class men from Mumbai leaving for Iraq to join ISIS.

According to the New York Times, “Investigators traced them to Mosul and have said they were recruited over the Internet by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.”

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