UK: Imam calls on Muslims to take welfare and make jihad

A Muslim imam resident in the United Kingdom, Anjem Choudary, was covertly videoed as he mocked non-Muslims for working at ordinary daily jobs for their whole lives, adding that some revered figures of the Muslim faith had customarily worked on one to two days per year. “The rest of the year they were busy with jihad [holy war] and things like that,” he said. “People will say, ‘Ah, but you are not working", said Choudary. He added, "But the normal situation is for you to take money from the kuffar [non-believers]. So we take Jihad Seeker’s Allowance. You need to get support." The preacher was secretly filmed by the British daily, The Sun.

 
The Muslim preacher told his congregation, "We are going to take England — the Muslims are coming."
 
Choudary has four children and claims more than £25,000 ($38,000) a year in welfare benefits. As noted by the Daily Mail, that amounts to £8,000 ($12,416) more than the take-home pay of some British soldiers fighting in Afghanistan.
 
Choudry expressed satisfaction at the growing number of Muslims living in Britain. According to the preacher, Muslims are "taking over Birmingham and populating it." Besides, said Choudry, European capitals such as Brussells and Amsterdam are now 30 percent and 40 percent Muslim, respectively. He said "These people are like a tsunami going across Europe. And over here we’re just relaxing, taking over Bradford brother. The reality is changing.”
 
Choudary, who has been banned twice from operating organizations in the UK under the Terrorism Act, told a congregation in East London that David Cameron, Barack Obama and the leaders of Pakistan and Egypt were the devil (shaitan) and should be killed. "What ultimately do we want to happen to them?” asked Choudary. “Maybe I’m the only one who wants the shaitan to be killed. The shaitan should be finished. There should be no shaitan."
 
Choudary continued, "Democracy, freedom, secularism, the parliament, all the MPs and the Presidents, all the kuffar’s ideas, everything the people worship, we have to believe that they are bad and we have got to reject them.” 
 
Choudary said later, when confronted about his outbursts, "Many people in the Muslim community are on Jobseeker’s Allowance and welfare benefits. As a joke I may say something about Jihad Seeker’s Allowance. Clearly it is not a Jihad Seeker’s Allowance." Explaining the Muslim concept of war, Choudary added, "The word jihad means struggle. It does not necessarily mean fighting. I have never said to anyone to kill anyone in this country.”


Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.

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