Parents reported to police for trying to name baby Jihad in France

Parents reported to police for trying to name baby Jihad in France

Parents tried to name their baby Jihad (Stock image)

Monday, October 23, 2017

French parents have been reported to the police for attempting to name their new baby Jihad.

The parents tried to name the baby in August however the local town hall then informed the public prosecutor, according to The Local.

Due to the controversial choice of name and because France is currently on a high terror alert, reports suggest the prosecution may hand the issue to the family court.

If this happens, this could mean the parents are not allowed to name their child Jihad, despite the fact other babies in France have previously been given this name.

The French Civil Code says children can be given any name unless it is against the interests of the child.

Despite the controversy Arabic experts say Jihad actually means struggle, effort or self-denial instead of holy war, which the word is often used for.

Aderrahmane Oumachar, the co-founder of the Toulouse Centre of Muslim Spirituality, claims the real meaning of the word is not to do with the way it is used by terrorists.

However, he admitted that due to the current context of the use of the word naming the child Jihad could "cause misunderstanding" and "harm the development of the child."

Names previously banned by police in France include Nutella and Fraise.