Bengaluru, Nov 7: The Indian ISIS recruits spend more time praying than fighting. While the ISIS does want Indians in the outfit, it ensures that the recruits undergo a strict religious regime before they are sent out to fight. Indian and Pakistani Muslims are considered to be impure and hence they are made to undergo a strict religious regime before they are fully welcome.
Investigators in India are piecing together the statements given by several ISIS recruits. Areeb Majeed and Moideen are two recruits who joined the ISIS and returned to India. They have been giving the investigators a detailed account of how a day in the life of an Indian recruit is at an ISIS camp in Syria and Iraq.
Pray more fight less:
The day begins very early for these recruits. They have to wake up at 4 AM. They are allowed to eat only twice a day. The first meal of the day is given at 10 AM. The next meal is after sunset. All the recruits are taken to a small house in Syria's Tel Abaid.
The day begins with a two hour religious course. After this they are made to pray following which the first meal of the day is provided. Before they are recruited into the group, they have to take the baith or oath pledging loyalty to Abu Bakr al-Bhagdadi.
After the meal, they are made to exercise. Following this there is another prayer session followed by a course on religion. This is followed by an Arabic class. It is compulsory for all recruits to learn Arabic. The religious classes for Indian recruits is normally longer. The Indian Muslims are considered to be infidels and impure and hence this exercise is aimed at cleansing them.
The disparity between the Indian recruits and foreigners is immense. Indians are given small homes to live in. However the foreign recruits have bigger houses with access to a gym and swimming pool.