Why we should all stop using the term 'Islamic State'

(Picture: Dar al-Ifta/Facebook
(Picture: Dar al-Ifta/Facebook

The terrorist group operating in Iraq and Syria should not be referred to as the 'Islamic State', according to the leading religious authority in Egypt.

A new online campaign by Dar al-Ifta says that all Western media should instead refer to the group as 'al-Qa'ida Separatists in Iraq and Syria' or by the acronym 'QSIS'.

The Grand Mufti of Egypt, Shawki Allam, said the extremists violate all Islamic principles and laws and described the group as a danger to Islam as a whole.

This is part of a campaign that “aims to correct the image of Islam that has been tarnished in the West because of these criminal acts and to exonerate humanity from such crimes that defy natural instincts and spreads hate between people,” explained a spokesperson.

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