At least he asked politely. This time. “Anjem Choudary: an open letter to families of British soldiers in Afghanistan,” from the Telegraph, January 4 (thanks to all who sent this in):
May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon those who follow the guidance.
This is the traditional Islamic greeting that a Muslim is to extend to a non-Muslim. (To a fellow Muslim, a Muslim says “Peace be upon you.”) Since it is only the Muslims who “follow the guidance,” this greeting in effect says, “Peace be upon the Muslims.”
[…] We begin by inviting all non-Muslims to Islam, the perfect and most beautiful way of life, a favour from Allah (God) to mankind to take him out of the darkness of worshipping his own desires to the exclusive worship, submission and obedience of Allah alone, without partners and to testify the Messenger-ship of the final Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). We urge you to embrace Islam and save yourselves and your family from the hellfire and not to believe the lies and distortions which the Western media and non-Islamic regimes would have you believe about Muslims and their true intentions….
This invitation accords with Muhammad’s instructions: “Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war…When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them….If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them.” (Sahih Muslim 4294)
Choudary asserts, in a flight of fantasy, that the war in Afghanistan is to prevent the establishment of Sharia there. He ignores, of course, that the Afghan Constitution already establishes Sharia as the highest law of the land:
The rich resources of Afghanistan, its position on the cusp between the Indian sub-continent, Southern Russian, Asia and China and its populations call for the Shari’ah are the real reasons why the military has sought to establish a permanent role there, no matter what the cost to the lives and wealth of the indigenous people or indeed their own. Pivotal in this is the desire to prevent Muslims from running their own affairs and establishing an Islamic State if they so wish but rather to maintain a puppet in the area (Mr Karzia) to maintain and protect Western interests….