Why wouldn’t he try to raise money for the jihad? Hasn’t he made it abundantly clear that he believes in it? Why would there be any doubt in anyone’s mind that he would fundraise for jihadists, or at very least approve of its being done?
Anjem Choudary, whose supporters hurled abuse at soldiers from the Royal Anglian regiment returning from Afghanistan last week, can be heard on a website calling for other Muslims not to save money for their families but to give it to “mujahideen” – holy warriors – instead.
The term is usually used to refer to fighters “defending Muslim lands” such as Afghanistan and Iraq, who are prepared to die as martyrs.
In the recording, posted on the site Islam4UK, Choudary said: “People looking for a place for their money to go so they can go to the front line and they can’t find it.
“You have opportunity to carry dawah [spreading the word] to society . . . and you have money that can go towards the dawah, you have money that can go towards the mujahideen.”
Choudary added: “When you are working collectively . . . people supporting the mujahideen, people collecting money for the dawah or giving money to the mujahideen, he [the devil] will come to you then. He will divert you, he will say to you, ‘This money is needed for your family’.”
Choudary, a former solicitor, said: “I don’t think I’ve ever said to people ‘raise money and send it to al-Qaeda and the Taliban.'”
But he added: “British troops engage in killing women and children. The British are occupiers, they have committed atrocities. The sooner they return the better.”…