Anjem Choudary, Muslim preacher, notorious for delivering hateful speeches in the past, has landed in another religious controversy, after he requested his Muslim followers in the UK to launch a holy war by milking the British taxpayers. Anjem Choudary’s remark to his followers had consisted of the preacher advocating a ‘jihad seeker’s allowance’, basically urging the British Muslims to rely on State welfare handouts as they conspire to wage holy war/jihad. The controversial Muslim preacher’s comments had been videoed by The Sun, with the comments being denounced by several Britons as abominable and contemptible.
Anjem Choudary’s vitriolic comments also contained belittlement of those Britons, who work in 9 to 5 jobs. The Muslim preacher, Anjem Choudary, was also recorded urging his adherents to assassinate global leaders like PM David Cameron and US President Barack Obama. Anjem Choudary also bragged that Islam would flood Europe akin to a tsunami.
The father of four children, Anjem Choudary receives £25,000 a year in benefits and inhabits a £320,000 house in Leytonstone, east London. Anjem Choudary advised 30 disciples that it is perfectly legitimate to accept money from the kuffar (non-Muslim). The former law student requested his followers to detest Western concepts like free speech and democracy.
Anjem Choudary’s comments have been castigated by Matthew Sinclair, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, with Sinclair voicing that the preacher’s comments display sheer disregard for the hardworking taxpayers picking up the bill. As per Matthew Sinclair, welfare is meant to present a safety net. Thus, when powerful persons urge followers to milk the welfare system, something is deeply flawed within that system.
Shiraz Maher, a specialist on religious radicals at King’s College, London, has demanded the prosecution of Anjem Choudary, expressing that Choudary had directly provided incitement to terrorism. The influence of his vitriolic sermons on his young and malleable followers should not be overlooked, urged Shiraz Maher. Some of his followers have previously bragged about waging jihad overseas while some have been convicted of terrorism in the UK.
Subsequently, during a radio interview with Iain Dale on LBC, Anjem Choudary uttered that his ‘jihad seeker’s allowance’ comment was a jocular one. He denied urging his adherents to assassinate anyone. He also lauded Osama bin Laden as a hero, who sacrificed his opulence and life for the sake of Islam.