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Anjem Choudary and His Followers Bring Shame to Islam

By Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

20 August 2016

For as long as one can remember Anjem Choudary has been in the business of telling the world that Islam is the best religion in the world. Much like Zakir Naik, he went about telling the British society about the virtues of Islam through its hallowed institutions like Sharia. Given an opportunity he also lured people into reciting the Kalima and then declaring to the world that one more person has embraced Islam. Saner people would be repulsed with most of his ideas, but for Anjem and his supporters, there can be nothing better than the Sharia: only through such a law can Muslims be said to be living a truly Islamic life. Not just for Muslims, Anjem had been advocating the application of Sharia for the whole of Britain since according to him; the British citizens would be better off having the status of the Dhimmis.

Anjem is notorious for wanting an Islamic flag atop the British Parliament. Only through Islam, Britain would be able to save its soul. Thus Islam is not just important for Muslims but for the whole of British society and by extension for the whole world. If there is indeed any dichotomous worldview which Islam advocates, then Anjem is its best example. The world of Muslims according to him should be different from the world of non-Muslims. The desire of each and every Muslim should be to convert the non-Muslim world into a Muslim world through indoctrination and if possible jihad. Anjem would choose the path of indoctrination instead of jihad, yet even then he could not escape indictment.

Beyond the narrow legalistic interpretation of whether Anjem Choudary can be held guilty on charges of terrorism is the bigger question of what he was promoting. His advocacy of Sharia and his complete refusal to condemn terrorism, even his failure to call people like Bin Laden a terrorist on the nonsensical plea that he did not meet him, does not inspire much confidence.

 Likewise, his clear non-denunciation of ISIS on the pretext that he could not condemn a fellow Muslim because his religion forbade him was equally shameful and designed to escape the law rather than the desire to speak the truth. In a situation where Muslims all over the world are increasingly being questioned on the perverted interpretation of their religion, strutting about the British society proclaiming that Sharia is divine and immutable was the very obverse of what was required from a person like Choudary.

In fact the case of Anjem Choudary requires a deeper examination by the Muslim society, particularly within the Indian context. It is well know that people like Anjem Choudary and Zakir Naik have huge followings within Indian Muslims. Both men have shown huge hubris on questions of the Islam and are brewing with ideas which assume the superiority of Islam over all other religious and political ideologies.

 The bigger problem though is that both are reasonably educated people. This seems to be in tune with other trends within Islamic terrorism wherein increasingly the brains behind senseless violence have been educated Muslims. Whether it was the 9/11, or the Bali bombings or the more recent Dhaka attacks, Muslim men involved in these attacks came from educated backgrounds. Given the fact that Indian Muslims lag behind in education as compared to most communities, this indeed is a sorry development. For it is expected of such people to use their educational capital to become the role model within the community. Role model they are becoming but of a very different kind. The path that they have chosen for themselves are asking others to take can only put the community at graver risk of being the target of hateful criticism.

But perhaps such thoughts do not bother or perturb our missionaries like Anjem Choudary. Perhaps they would be happy if the Muslim community becomes a target of ridicule and hate as it will help them in their politics of telling the Muslims that the world hates them. The prime question which never gets asked either by the Choudarys or the Naiks and millions of other Muslims is that why they are being made targets of vilification. What else do they expect when in the 21st century, they want to implement an early medieval law? Do they think that the world will appreciate them when they advocate amputation for minor theft, when they have no law to tackle sexual assault or when they justify slavery by denying agency to women in all quarters of life? Or do they believe that the world should respect then irrespective what nonsensical ideas they believe in? Isn’t it expecting too much while giving away nothing?

Arshad Alam is a columnist with NewAgeIslam.com

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    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 10/23/2017 1:45:37 PM

  • the arabians have nothing but contempt for the "brownie" muslims, "raisin head" muslims, and any and all other muslims except the worst bedouin kind of muslims.
    saudi arabia explicitly bars its citizens from marrying muslims from the sub-continent, the south-east asian muslims and black african muslims.
    these muslims cannot buy land in saudi arabia, get citizenship there and start their own businesses.
    what the saudi arabians have for the other second class muslims is pure unadulterated contempt.
    generally speaking they are all "ya abd".

    By hats off! - 10/23/2017 9:16:41 AM

  • Islam is a euphemism for Arab Imperialism.Islam seeks to arabianise the whole world and destroy non-arab culture and Non-Arabs. Muslims are recgonised as Arabs.It this philosophy exists Islam will always be a cause for genocide and Human bloodshed. For all this evil,Islam is responsible for that.

    By dr.A.Anburaj - 10/22/2017 9:45:30 PM

  • Arshad how dare you can criticise Anjem Chaoudary? He is very popular and loved by many Muslims not only in UK but all over the world. While belong to 4.5% minority he has the audacity to challenge the UK government to hoist the Islamic flag atop the British parliament. He is the greatest exponent of Islamic supremacism. It is something non-Muslims would never have in their wildest dreams to do similar thing in any Muslim country. Though he promotes terrorism, encourages Muslim youth to join ISIS and to die for Sunni Muslims, the UK government is afraid to arrest him.

    In another sense, it is good on you. You pick the brains of educated Muslims. You show to them that  the concept of golden rule is unknown to Anjem; While having more than 1000 mosques in London alone, Anjem never raised his voice to reciprocate such concern and generosity to other communities in Muslims countries, or not to destroy Hindu temples, Christian churches or Sufi Shrines, etc.

    Arshad I could not answer one question adequately. I think you are smart enough to write scholarly articles on the outcome of the question: it would pick the brains of not only the educated, but also the Alims, Mullahs and Imams as well. The question is something like this “Why Pakistanis and Bangladeshis, who follow the greatest prophet ever walked on the face of the earth, are lagging behind Indians, who are polytheists, worshipping 330 million gods and idol worshippers”? In fact India is slowly progressing towards super power status. Please remember I am not an Indian. You may invite scholars like Naseer Ahmed and Mohammad Yunis, who often claim that Islam is a wonderful religion, to find an answer, or even anyone for that matter.

    “We can’t claim to love Allah and pray five times while we abuse and harm His beautiful creatures”
    By Royalj - 8/25/2016 11:53:29 PM

  • It is the educated ones that are the worst. They have the vocabulary and the media at their disposal to give the worst, most medieval, bigoted and misogynist aspects of religion a sheen of acceptability and righteousness; they do more harm than the uneducated ones, who can be forgiven for being dolts. It is the educated bigots who will take you down. 
    By secularlogic - 8/23/2016 1:12:23 AM

  • Deepaji, you want things to be the way they should be in the best of worlds. But we do not live in the best of worlds. The distortions and limitations in our perspectives that religions and group affinities have created are being chipped away though not at a pace that you would like. The pace would be faster if people felt more secure about the fact that free thinking and open  minds are not necessarily dangerous to their faiths.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 8/21/2016 2:52:36 PM

  • The change must come from within the Muslim community..
    You find fault & look at every other religion with suspicion..
    but NOT your own..

    By Jayaraman Subri - 8/21/2016 11:32:45 AM

  • Deepa Ji,

     I understand your concern; and this is a subject very close to my heart too. But I have not written much on this, because it can lead to very messy debate, especially with the West having stolen a monopoly over the subject-matter, and in effect having deprived lesser mortals like us to even touch the subject; of course in a manner I would like to touch. If I sing their tune, I would be heralded as an Indian Hero.


    You see, the West is furious at women turning dressed up on the public beaches. Can there be a more ridiculous obstinacy than this? But the Western song will be sung by all the lesser mortals, who would presume that there is merit in the public openness of woman’s skin.  


    I may not be able to convince you (though I have reason to believe that you are not fully satisfied with the West’s arguments on the subject), but you may have the opportunity to come out of your bafflement when you realize that the existence of Islam is not fully irrelevant and meaningless and a rounding off of Islamic argument is possible. 


    I don’t speak to you from a theocratic Muslim viewpoint- which is monopolized by the traditional Muslim theocrats, not necessarily representing the spirit of Islam.


    I am an observer of the existing social situation (the Muslim Muashra) which has obtained its shape from the long standing practice of Islam by the Muslims. Not everything that they do is in sound shape. But not everything that they do is redundant and valueless. So you have to take a grey-line approach and discern the meaningful aspects. Would you like to engage on the subject along with some of your emancipated lady-friends? I would like to request Mr. Naseer Ahmad sb, Mr.Muhammad Yunus sb, and Mr. Sultan Shahin sb and of course anyone into serious thinking, to discuss the subject matter under this thread or some independent thread. We should be able to present a concerted and balanced view in the interest of woman and man as dignified partners-in-life.  I do hope it will not ruffle the feathers of bulk of Muslims, if decency of discussion is maintained.


    I would humbly request the hecklers to keep away till the discussion is closed.


    I open the discussion with a poem below and would seek your feedback:




    You call yourself weaker sex,

    We prefer fair, or may be fairer, as your prefix.

    What powers create this conflict in mind,

    When God has made us so intertwined?

    Perhaps in times of violence you suffer more,

    But the record of men killing men will ever score.

    You losses reflect not your side of the balance sheet,

    Rather man’s failure to offer you a befitting retreat.

    Danger comes to you not from man’s strength,

    But from his weakness, as they say.

    Beware woman, especially the truly independent one,

    Who alone has the power to sway.

    Your place lies in siding with man,

    In his struggle to wage war against the evil.

    There is no battle of sexes,

    But a façade created by the devil,

    Pumping testosterone into your veins,

    To seek uniformity, in the name of equality.

    Little common sense unveils the veil on your nudity,

    Which is on public sale, Can’t you just see?

    We are not unaware of your need,

    Than they are of their greed.

    Your fragility keeps us going till,

    Things are put in place and the devil is driven to hell.

    Meanwhile don’t feed their greed, if you can,

    This is one message for you, if you listen, madam.

    By Manzurul Haque - 8/21/2016 8:36:57 AM

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    By Deepa Natarajan - 8/21/2016 12:12:59 AM

  • Good question but our society is now stand a wrong position. Can u want Venice this,u can agree this type rule
    By Abdus Samad - 8/21/2016 12:09:52 AM

  •  Islamist supremacists, besides being stupid, are the worst enemies of Islam. There is no place for them in this pluralistic world.
    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 8/20/2016 12:55:32 PM

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