The disapproval of jihad from the Islamic political world is too ambiguous

24 March 2016

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo is sceptical of the denunciations deriving from the different political Islamic organisations around Europe when condemning the terror attacks occurred in Brussels on March 22, leaving more than 30 people killed.

The Federation of Islamic Organisation in Europe (FIOE), the French Union des organisations islamiques de France (Union of Islamic Organisations of France -UOIF), the Italian Unione delle Comunitá e Organizzazioni Islamiche in Italia (Union of the Islamic communities and organisations in Italy) as well as many others have always taken a strong stance against terrorism around the world. Valentina, however, questions the reasons that lay behind such acts as well as their efficacy.

Not only do these organisations represent a very small percentage of the Muslim community in Europe, but they also have very opportunistic motives to condemn such atrocious attacks. In fact, these political Islamic organisations are trying to gain more and more approval from the European Institutions; it is therefore necessary for them to publicly distance themselves from the jihadist movement set forth by the Islamic State as well as Al-Qaeda.

However, when researching more in depth the various statements that these organisations have released over the years, many inconsistencies come to surface, as Valentina points out very clearly.

Europe must demand from these organisations not only to distance themselves from the jihadist movement, but also to condemn it as a whole and in all of its forms; there cannot be any misunderstandings nor inconsistencies when condemning Islamic jihad.

This article is in Italian and can be read here.