Most of those who are outraged by this in Britain no doubt assume that the vast majority of Muslim clerics in that country are appalled by Choudary’s words, are horrified by the murder of Lee Rigby, and don’t believe he is burning in hell. The problem is that Choudary is enunciating standard Muslim belief: that non-Muslims, particularly those who are considered to have waged war against Islam (by fighting in a Muslim country) will be in hellfire, and that jihadis are not unjustified in killing them. The Qur’an promises Paradise to Jews and Christians (2:62-65), but other passages make it clear that this refers to the Jews and Christians who accept Muhammad as a prophet, while the “unbelievers among the People of the Book” are the “most vile of created beings” (98:6).
“Hate preacher Anjem Choudary in fresh vile rant: ‘Lee Rigby will burn in hellfire because he was not a Muslim… but accused Adebolajo is a nice man,'” by Martin Robinson in the Daily Mail, June 4 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Murdered soldier Lee Rigby will ‘burn in hellfire’ and those who killed him should be considered martyrs, hate preacher Anjem Choudary has said in another poisonous rant on film.
The extremist maintains that despite being executed in barbaric circumstances the 25-year-old father of one deserves no sympathy because he is a ‘non-Muslim’ and called one suspect a ‘nice man’.
It is yet another vile outburst by Choudary, who insists on using Drummer Rigby’s murder to stir up hatred, but police will still not arrest him.
He has persistently refused to condemn the murder in Woolwich almost a fortnight ago and blames ‘war monger’ David Cameron for radicalising young British Muslims to the extent they carry out acts of terror.
A video uncovered by The Sun, shows the preacher, who claims Â£25,000 a year in benefits, saying that the people who murdered Drummer Rigby will go to ‘Paradise’.
Two men have been charged with the murder and Choudary knew at least one of them, and today called one of the suspects, Michael Adebolajo, 28, a ‘nice man’.
Filmed in an office near his mosque in north-east London, he would not denounce the soldier’s death.
‘So as an adult non-Muslim, whether he is part of the Army or not part of the Army, if he dies in a state of disbelief then he is going to go to the hellfire. That’s what I believe so I”m not going to feel sorry for non-Muslims.’
Choudary went on that the British Government is to blame for Drummer Rigby’s death, which is a ‘drop in the ocean’.
‘I think you need to blame the people who are inciting and who are radicalising these youths, which is really the British government.
‘You need to take into account the hundreds of thousands of incidents of people slaughtered, of weddings bombed, of Muslims tortured, of innocent people kept in prison for over ten years.’
He also attacked the charity Help for Heroes, which helps care for injured British soldiers, saying they cannot be heroes because they ‘shoot children in Afghanistan’.
Yesterday the two men accused of killing Drummer Rigby made separate appearances in court charged with his murder and other offences.
Michael Adebolajo, 28, of Romford, Essex, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, and raised his arm into a Usain Bolt pose, and kissed a copy of the Koran with his eyes closed.
In an animated hearing he also stooped in the dock with a large bandage on his left arm, refused to stand and the 28-year-old also demanded to be called “˜Abu Hamza”.
Meanwhile Michael Adebowale, 22, of Greenwich, south-east London, appeared at the Old Bailey via video link.