The first ever Muslim to hold the position of Head of Religion and Ethics at the BBC has insisted that Islamic State terrorists are Muslim, and are motivated by their interpretation of Islamic doctrine.
Professor Aaqil Ahmed was speaking at an event at Huddersfield University exploring Britain’s taxpayer-funded broadcaster’s insistence on calling the Islamic State terrorist organisation the “so-called Islamic State”.
“You wouldn’t say ‘so-called Huddersfield University’” questions barrister Neil Addison during the event organised by the Centre for Religious Literacy in Journalism (CRLJ).
“I hear so many people say ISIS has nothing to do with Islam – of course it has,” replied Mr. Ahmed.
“They are not preaching Judaism. It might be wrong but what they are saying is an ideology based on some form of Islamic doctrine. They are Muslims. That is a fact and we have to get our head around some very uncomfortable things.
“That is where the difficulty comes in for many journalists because the vast majority of Muslims won’t agree with them [ISIS].”