Anjem Choudary, the erstwhile leader of the recently proscribed al-Muhajiroun spin-off Islam4UK, is up to his old tricks again. Whilst giving an interview to the Iranian regime’s mouthpiece, Press TV, he rails against that emblem of intolerant Islam, the Tawâghît (طواغيت sing. طاغوت) or idols:
“The people in the past used to worship the idols which they used to make with their hands. Nowadays, people worship idols which are more intellectual – like democracy, liberalism, freedom, and so on. So these need to be destroyed as well, and replaced with worshipping and obeying Allah.
“You know, I don’t believe in the concept of freedom of expression. I don’t believe in democracy. I don’t believe in secularism or liberalism. I believe these are idols that the people are worshipping nowadays, taking them away from worshipping our lord, Allah. I believe that sovereignty and supremacy belongs to God, but I will function within the realms of their so-called ‘freedom,’ to expose their own fallacies.”
He fervently believes that there can be no symbiotic or complementary relationship between Islam and such fundamental concepts as democracy and liberty. Those who believe in democracy and God, participate in elections and use the freedom of our liberal democracy to argue for change are anathema to this man.
Yet his simplistic theology and appropriation of terms that will strike a chord with fundamentalists and Islamists everywhere are worrying – just how many Muslims (and non-Muslims) are tempted to believe in his revolutionary prescriptions?
The complete transcript of the interview can be read below. You can also watch the interview here, courtesy of MEMRI.