Queen Rania of Jordan said during a major business gathering in Jouy-en-Josas, France, that moderate Muslims aren’t doing enough to combat the terrorist group ISIS, also known as Islamic State.
Queen Rania, who is Muslim, said it was important to ramp up the battle against ISIS, which is precariously close to Jordan’s borders.
"We are facing a time of great peril. Daesh, or the so-called Islamic State, continues to spread its diabolical ideology," she said, Yahoo News reported.
"Moderate Muslims the world over are not doing enough to win the ideological struggle at the heart of this battle.
"We're not actively helping Daesh, but we're not actively stopping them either. We can't stand against them until we as Muslims agree on what we stand for.”
Queen Rania said it was important to empower youth in the Middle East in light of the potentially looming crisis. Lack of economic opportunity can often propel youths to join extremist groups, which often promise, among other things, money. “(They Need) education, opportunities, work and... also a little bit of luck, that someone believes in them,” she said.
Queen Rania said the region must create 100 million jobs by 2020 to help slow the rise of terrorism. "Failure is not an option because if we fail in the face of these extremists and if they win, the region will quickly be devastated,” she said.
The queen has been a vocal critic of ISIS before and said in March that there’s nothing Islamic about the group. "They have nothing to do with faith and everything to do with fanaticism,” she said, according to The Huffington Post. “I think as an international community, we would do well to not focus on the religious character of that group because when we do, we give them undeserved legitimacy.”