The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group is not a “dawlat ul-wahhabi” group, a spokesman for the jihadist group said in a statement released on Tuesday.
A spokesperson for the group told the AFP news agency the term “dwahhab” (prayerful) has been used to refer to people who follow the religion but has no direct connection to it.
“The term ‘dawla’ is used as a generic term, to indicate people who do not follow the faith but have no direct affiliation with it,” Abu Mohammad al-Adnani said.
“They have no link to the religion, and the word ‘dawa’ is the name of their group, and it is not related to it.”
The group also uses the term for members of other Muslim groups who have left the group.
A new term for the extremists has also emerged in the last few months.
In September, ISIL announced it had adopted a new acronym for its group, Dawlat Mujahidin, or “Dawl-ul-Quran” (The Book of the Quran).
“Dawlah is not only the name, but also the term itself which is used in the context of Dawl-ud-Dawlam, the first book of the Qur’an,” said Abu Muhammad al-Nuri, a former leader of the extremist group.
“This term was adopted by the Islamic State and it was announced to the world that they have adopted the name Dawl ul-Qur’an, in order to give the impression that they are not a Dawlul-wajh, but a Dawlat ul Mujahida,” he added.
The term Dawlat Ul Mujahadin was also used to describe a group of people who leave the Islamic group to join another group.
The group has also adopted a similar name for itself, the Islamic Caliphate.