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Kerala Missing Youths: Finding Real Islam at Attikkad Village

One of the villagers at Attikkad village near Neelambur Forests in Kerala.

One of the villagers at Attikkad village near Neelambur Forests in Kerala.

With no modern education, phones and TV gadgetry, the Attikkad village is completely apolitical and dominated by a non-polluting plainness.

Attikkad: At least three Kerala youths, who are suspected to have joined the Islamic State (IS), are believed to be radicalized into the salafist ideology at Attikkad village near Neelambur Forests in Malappuram District.

The missing trio who are believed to be a part of IS network is: Abdul Rahid Abdualla and Hafesuddin from Kasaragod and Easa from Palakkad.

CNN-News18 traveled to Neelambur Forests and found that nearly 200 people (Dammaj Salafi Sect) living in 50 houses kept themselves away from modernity and recreated a true Islamic ambiance at Attikkad. Beyond following true Salafis, they devoted themselves to imitate the life in the times of the Prophet himself.

With no modern education, phones and TV gadgetry, the Attikkad village is completely apolitical and dominated by a non-polluting plainness.


With the startling revelation, sources in the intelligence agencies are now trying to find Attikkad-IS link behind the missing Kerala youths.

Despite strict restrictions for outsider, CNN-News18 managed to get in to the village and found how the villagers are leading a reclusive life from society to recreate a Prophet age in the jungles. They are also trying to start a goat farm to replicate life in Arabia in the 7th century.



In last few years, a lot of money and funds came through Gulf remittances. But the villagers shunned the external influence, while sending out a strong message to stay away from their way of living in the age of Prophet.
first published:July 14, 2016, 08:51 IST