Islam Does Not Mean Peace: Anjem Choudary

Anjem Choudary
Anjem Choudary

A London-based Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary suggests that Islam does not mean peace; rather it means submission to the commands of Allah alone.

Therefore, he says, Muslims do not believe in the concept of freedom of expression, as their speech and actions are determined by divine revelation and not based on people’s desires.

He has expressed his views in USA TODAY on Wednesday’s murder of French magazine Charlie Hebdo’s staff by terrorists.

“In an increasingly unstable and insecure world, the potential consequences of insulting the Messenger Muhammad are known to Muslims and non-Muslims alike,” said Choudary.

Choudary also tweeted saying: There is a conflict in the world between those who believe sovereignty belongs to man and those who believe it belongs to God!

Charlie Hebdo (or Charlie Weekly), which is known for inviting controversies by publishing sensational content ridiculing different religions, was earlier attacked by Muslim extremists in 2011 when it carried a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad.

On Wednesday, just before the attack by terrorists on its office killing at least 11 people, Charlie Hebdo had tweeted a cartoon of the Islamic State militant group leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Earlier in his Christmas message, Anjem Choudary had invited Christians to embrace Islam. A self-styled lecturer in Shariah law, Choudary claims he has a deep understanding of Islamic law.

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