Egypt’s Dar al-Ifta: ISIS extremists not ‘Islamic State’

An Islamic State militant uses a loud-hailer to announce to residents of Taqba city that Tabqa air base has fallen to Islamic State militants, in nearby Raqqa city August 24, 2014. (Reuters)

Egypt’s leading Islamic authority, Dar Al-Ifta, launched a campaign over the weekend urging Western media outlets to refrain from calling extremists that now control large swathes of Syria and Iraq as “Islamic State” militants, but as “Al-Qaeda Separatists.”

An adviser to Egypt’s grand mufti said the campaign was aimed at fighting the extremist ideology of Islamist militants belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and to “reflect that Muslims are against their practices.”

“The initiative by Dar al-Ifta came to express the institution’s rejection of many stereotypes that attach the name of Islam to bloody and violent acts committed by such groups,” Ibrahim Negm told Al Arabiya News on Monday.

“We are afraid that such incorrect stereotypes will be rooted in the minds of Muslim and non-Muslim viewers alike”…