How Anjem Choudary’s mouth was finally shut

Source: BBC

Home affairs correspondent

For 20 years Anjem Choudary stood on street corners, in shopping precincts, outside mosques, embassies and police stations and used his megaphone to drive a wedge between Muslims and the rest of Britain. Now he has been convicted of inviting others to support the Islamic State militant group.

The scenes would change – but not the words.

The flag of Islam will fly over Downing Street, was his favourite prediction, followed by some kind of rhetorical flourish. “The Muslims are rising to establish the Sharia… Pakistan, Afghanistan and perhaps, my dear Muslims, Londonistan.”

He would greet the journalists with a smile, and some guile, dressed up as charm.

One day outside Regent’s Park Mosque (he was banned from ranting inside its premises) he told the crowd he was honoured that I had turned up to hear him speak. He liked playing games. It gave him a sense that he was winning.

Except it wasn’t a game. The evidence now shows that Anjem Choudary is one of the most dangerous men in Britain. Not a bomb-maker. Not a facilitator. But an ideologue, a thinker, who encouraged others not to stop and think for themselves before they turned to violence to implement their shared worldview.

Anjem Choudary in 2010 in LondonImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES

Choudary’s mindset is really simple. There are two worlds – the world of belief, meaning Muslims, and the world of disbelief, everyone else. Assuming for a moment that the world neatly divides into such camps, these worlds are incompatible because the way of life of one threatens the existence of the other.

In his head there can be no compromise, no meeting of minds. Liberal democracy, personal freedom, the rule of law mandated by the people is all an affront to the will of Allah.

And the solution to all of this? A single Islamic state, under Sharia, for the whole world, for all areas of life.

What if you disagree? Well then you are not with him. You are against him – you’re a hostile.

Adam Deen was one of the early recruits to the network that Choudary helped forge.

Read more

Categories: Europe, ISIS, The Muslim Times, UK

2 replies

  1. Anjem Chaudry is the out come of that ideology which believes in the jehad by sword . He is talking about Sharia . Which sharia ? The sharia which we know , announces religious freedom when says ” there is no compulsion in the matter of faith ” , which accepts religious diversity when announces ” your religion is for you , mine is for me ” , which warns ” murder of one innocent is like the murder of entire humanity ” , In the presence of such Quranic Verses , how can a Muslim be a religious bigot ?

Leave a Reply