Nothing about the Islamic State is actually Islamic, according to Jordan’s Queen Rania.The royal made that declaration during a discussion with Ariana Huffington on Wednesday, noting that by referring to the group as “Islamic” only aids its cause:
“I would love to drop the first ‘I’ in ISIS because there’s nothing Islamic about them, ” she said, according to The Huffington Post. “They have nothing to do with faith and everything to do with fanaticism. I think as an international community, we would do well to not focus on the religious character of that group because when we do, we give them undeserved legitimacy. ” “ISIS wants to be called Islamic … because any action against them will automatically be called a war against Islam, which is exactly what they want it to be, ” she continued. “They want it to be the West coming against Islam because it will help them with their recruiting. ”
What Queen Rania would rather see is that the war against ISIS be led by Muslims and Arabs, with the rest of the world filling in as support, on all fronts – not just the battlefields. According to Rania, the key to this fight is finding a better way to counter ISIS’s online messaging and social media presence, particularly among younger people.See Also:ISIS’ crimes greatest distortion of Islam in history - Nasrallah“We can’t let[ISIS] hijack our identity and brand us in the way that they want. We have to write our own narrative, ” she added. The wife of King Abdullah II has spent the last decade and a half promoting women’s causes and peace in the Middle East, using social media to help her better connect with people. She has nearly 4 million Facebook followers, 3.6 million Twitter followers, and 476,000 Instagram followers on her official pages. “Sometimes it can be hard to connect with people when you’re a ‘queen, ' ” she told Mashable. “To some extent, I think social media has opened a window into my life and helped demystify who I am and what I do. ” It’s those exact benefits, however, that have also allowed ISIS to succeed in growing its power and prestige online – which is a major cause of worry for the royal. A study just released by the Brookings Foundation and Google Ideas found that the terrorist group has been extremely successful at recruiting and connecting with members on Twitter, despite the social network’s recent efforts to crack down on the number of accounts and posts linked to the organization.Recommended:Reza Aslan speaks out against anti - Islamic ignorance The group has also posted several photos and videos of its past killings online, including the execution of a Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, in February. “It affirmed what we already knew, that this is a group with no conscience, no dignity, no nationality, no religion and no boundaries,” she said, according to Mashable. It is why she hopes others will take her lead and start spreading positive messages about Islam online. “Today, too many people have a single story of the Arab world. Like it or not, we are being defined by a narrow narrative — their narrative — which is dominated by extremism, hatred, conflict, crisis and chaos,” she said. “We must take back the power to define who we are,” she continued. “Moderates must use social media to tell a different story, to show the world that there is more to the Arab world than the extremists would have them believe.” Source: ijreview