California-born Muslim Imran Raza takes Americans behind the doors of the radical madrassa Jamia Binoria in his upcoming documentary, The Karachi Kids.
The film focuses on the story of two American boys from Atlanta who
were sent by their Islamic father to the Taliban-affiliated madrassa in
The film takes place over a four-year time period,
showing the progression of brainwashing that happens at these
madrassas. At the beginning of the film, the boys are eager to go back
to America and be with their families. By the end, they want to go back
to America, but for a different reason—to spread the radical
anti-American teachings they learned at the Jamia Binoria.
Unlike other educational institutions, madrassas such as the Jamia
Binoria do not teach math, science, or art. They focus solely on the
Koran. Mufti Muhammed Naeem founded the Jamia Binoria and is a supporter of Deobandism, the religion of the Taliban.
According to the film’s executive producer Dan Perrin,
“Deobandis want to engineer the view and beliefs of children.” The
Jamai Binoria currently enrolls 80 American students, hoping to
indoctrinate them and send them back to America.
Although, according to the documentary’s translation, Mufti Muhammed
Naeem claims that “There are no terrorists being produced here, nor is
there any training ground,” four of the top senior figures in the
Taliban graduated from the Jamia Binoria. In addition, Osama bin Laden
addressed the students about the importance of Jihad shortly before the
September 11, 2001 attacks upon America which he orchestrated.
The film shows unprecedented footage of the daily life for children
living in madrassas. Most madrassas enroll children as young as six
years old, teaching them to memorize all 6,666 verses of the Koran.
Executive producer Dan Perrin stressed the importance of getting
American kids out of Pakistani madrassas. “We know what happens if
these kids stay there, they will become radicalized,” Perrin said.
Imran Raza is an American Muslim of Pakistani descent. While living and
working in London, Imran Raza narrowly avoided the destructive July 7th
2005 terrorists attacks.
He discovered that two of the four British terrorists involved in the
attacks had attended madrassas in Pakistan. He wondered what kind of
education would persuade students to bomb their own countrymen. Raza
set out to discover what happens behind the doors of these madrassas.
His shocking discoveries are exposed in his documentary, The Karachi Kids. Because the film is very controversial, distribution has been halted temporarily.