Boko Haram is not an Islamist group
May 16 , 2014
Boko Haram says it's an Islamist group and is frequently called the same in the news. However, Carla Power of Time notes that it's a criminal group instead, noting that its actions go against everything that Muhammad has taught in terms of education and murder.
Power also mentioned that members of the group are traitors to their religion and leaders such as Abubakar Shekau don't have the authority to wage jihad.
"Their sickening deeds and rhetoric repeatedly demonstrate that not only do they lack kinship with the vast majority of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims, but they lack respect for the religion they claim to fight for."