Following the terrorist atrocity in Nice on Bastille Day (July 14) in which 84 people were killed by a man whom ISIS claimed as one of its soldiers, CAIR’s executive Director Nihad Awad sent out a tweet saying:
The first line is unobjectionable in and of itself. But the hashtag he used, trying to argue that terrorism has nothing to do with an ideology of jihad, is very revealing.
Awad seems to want to separate the ideology of jihad, which is used by many groups to justify violence in their attempt to impose Islamist theocracy, from terrorist acts. This looks like an attempt to whitewash the ideology driving terrorism.
The Islamist groups that use some form of the doctrine of armed jihad include but are not limited to:
Many of these groups are ideologically descended from the Muslim Brotherhood, the Egyptian Islamist group that is the forerunner of many modern Islamist movements. Hamas is an affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Nihad Awad himself was a member of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee and was recorded at a 1993 meeting discussing how to support Hamas and the “goals, strategies and American perceptions of the Muslim Brotherhood” in the U.S.
Most religious or philosophical traditions have a concept of just war, and a rationale for what counts as just war. It is unreasonable to expect Islam to be the only major religion in which war is never considered justified.