Anjem Choudary has been having a media moment. In just over a week he has appeared on Hannity, on CNN’s Reliable Sources and now on RT’s Worlds Apart. In the RT interview Choudary went beyond what he had said on the other networks offering a broad defense of the beheading of foreign journalists, even citing a verse from the Koran which he says makes clear terrorism is “part of Islam.”
Choudary: Well, you know, as a lecturer in Sharia law I would say to the people in Russia, the Muslims and the non-Muslims, that every action for a Muslim must be based upon the Koran, the word of Allah, and the teachings of the messenger Mohammed…who is the final messenger for mankind. I mean I would first invite the people to think about and embrace Islam but those who are already Muslim must know that Allah mentions in the Koran, in fact if you look in chapter 8 verse 60 he said prepare as much as you can “steeds of war” to terrorize the enemy. So terrorizing the enemy is in fact part of Islam. I mean this is something that we must embrace and understand as far as the jurisprudence of Islam is concerned.
Choudary went on to say that Muslims make no distinction between
civilians and armed forces since civilians elect the leaders who direct
the armed forces. The full RT interview with Choudary can be viewed here.