Idiot leftist: Should we use ‘jihadist’ to describe the Islamic State?

Using the term “jihadist” to describe the Islamic State could lead to misunderstandings of Islam and even help the Islamic State recruit

Everyone, from Cameron to the news media, have adopted the term “jihadists” to refer to those who commit atrocities and justify it in terms of Islam, these include many groups from al-Qaeda to the Taliban to new groups such as the Islamic State.

However, this term is misleading and could not only encourage the belief that Islam is somehow inherently violent, or incompatible with international law, but also help these groups by implying that their actions are within the realms of the Islamic definition of jihad – which they are not…

…[W]e should not use the word [‘jihad’] to describe those that commit such atrocities. Not just because it is inaccurate but because it may help the group recruit.

As M Cherif Bassiouni notes, “Jihad is a powerful word in Muslim psyche – it evokes the legitimate self-defence struggle of the Prophet and his followers in the glorious days of early Islam”.

The Islamic state is not fighting a comparable struggle and there should be no confusion on the matter.

Says a writer called Abigail Watson.

  • Jason

    Yet another renowned Islamic scholar and deep thinker … they’re ubiquitous these days, it seems.

  • tom_billesley

    Leftists aren’t supposed to call it “Islamic State” any more. Didn’t he/she/hen get the memo about Daesh.

  • winniec

    It’s wonderful how much you can learn about Islam FROM YOUR GUT without reading ANY of Islam’s source texts…no Koran, no hadiths, no Sira!
    How…SPONTANEOUS of you…Abigail…aren’t you?…spontaneous?

    Gut knowledge is egalitarian and socialist. Factual book knowledge is so elitist.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …”self-defence struggle”….r-i-i-i-ght…

    • Minicapt

      The djinn is a fierce fighter.


  • What a bunch of PC intellectual tripe.

    MS Watson quotes; “let there be no compulsion in religion”. Beginning students of Islam know the Islamic theory of abrogation negates this phrase. It is replaced with “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.” — Bukhari 9.84.57.

    Two groups use this “no compulsion in religion” quote. Fools who know little about Islam. And Muslims who are trying to deceive the unsuspecting kafir (non-Muslims.)

    Is MS Watson a PC fool? Or is she a Muslim going out of her way to deceive the reader. I suspect she is a PC fool.

    • Frau Katze

      I think PC fool is correct.

  • Clausewitz

    They forgot the acid attacks. Takes a pretty vile culture to condone the arbitrary attacks on women using acid as their weapon.