The most dangerous madmen are those created by religion, and people whose aim is to disrupt the society always know how to make good use of them on occasion. With various outfits of terrorism spreading its tentacles across the world this three centuries old quote of Denis Diderot seems to be apt and as contemporary as it can be. With vulnerable youths falling for the stories of getting an opportunity to work for Allah and empowered with thoughts that your hands will kill the innocent but Allah will forgive all has given these youths the notion that all is fair on the course of Jihad! In the history of mankind, fanaticism has caused more harm than any vice.
Despite a space of several years the wounds inflicted by the Indian army in Kashmir were still fresh in Altaaf’s mind when he joined the terrorist outfit with the pious thoughts of wiping away the enemies of Islam. Little did he know that he had in turn, gullibly fallen into the trap of people with vested interest and crooked ideas.
During one of his assignments Altaaf meets Bhavna, widow of a doctor they had once killed on the suspicion of being an informer of the army. Holed out at Bhavna’s house, Altaaf undergoes a metamorphosis as he witnesses Bhavna’s plight and helplessness. History however, is replete with the stories of Jihadis or the soldiers of the Holy War, who at some point during their fight for religion realize that they have taken an erroneous decision. Realize that bullets can win wars but not hearts and in the bargain comprehend that they are treading on a path of no return.
Jihad is the journey of themilitantAltaaf and his realization of the futility of his holy war as he stumbles upon a few truths. That unfortunatelyJihad is generally misunderstood to be true Islam! Whereas Islam stands for humanity. Islam prevails amidst brotherhood of people. And Altaaf also learns the supreme truth! That the true meaning of Jihad is not the holy war outside but the war within! Jihad is nothing but overpowering your inner devil!
Firearms can give death, not life! Impart life if you can…!!!He realizes.
SYNOPSIS OF JIHAD
1 Line:In the strife stricken land of Kashmir a zealot’s path crosses with a vulnerable woman with whom he shares a common yet dark past.
The beautiful land of Kashmir which was once acclaimed as heaven on earth witnesses the transformation of a young man into a radical terrorist due to a series of unfortunate events. Altaf’s fanatical desire to wipe out enemies of Islam is tempered when he meets Bhavana. While being holed up in her house they discover that Altaf’s terrorist outfit had killed her husband. However their forced companionship helps them get rid of fundamental differences and there begins a journey which leads Bhavana to find purpose and also opens Altaf’s eyes towards the futility of taking lives on the altar of religion.
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The evil of terrorism has captured Kashmir in its diabolical grip. The youth of this region which has been bereft of both wealth and opportunity are radicalized by the call to arms declared by several terror outfits. Young Altaaf who was unfortunately assaulted by Indian army personnel is seething with vengeance. Since he is blinded by hatred, Altaaf is conveniently manipulated by wicked people with sinister motives. Fate sets up an encounter between him and Bhavana – a widow whose husband was eliminated by the terror outfit which Altaf is a part of.
Initially perplexed to be in this situation both Altaf and Bhavana find comfort in each other’s presence. Bhavana’s simple ways open Altaaf’s eyes and he undergoes a fundamental transformation. This forces him to question the violent ways perpetrated by his vicious collaborators. He realizes that the true meaning of Jihad doesn’t lie in violence but in something else.