Saturday, 14 December 2013

After years I finally banned Anjem Choudary former leader of a group known as Al-Muhajiroun from appearing on my radio shows because I felt he had crossed the line with his derogatory comments after British solder Lee Rigby who was slaughtered in the streets on London. I was criticised and applauded at the same time but I believed my decision was correct and enforced by what happen on the streets of London yesterday: Dozens of Muslim protestors gathered to demand that businesses stop selling alcohol in a popular East London area yesterday.

The group, led by former Al-Muhajiroun leader Anjem Choudary, warned restaurants and shops in the Brick Lane area that they face 40 lashes if they continue to sell the product, which is banned under Sharia Law.
Around 60 men and women in burkhas handed over warning letters to Muslim-owned businesses in the area after the protest was initially delayed by a small number of English Defence League members staging a counter-protest.

Controversial cleric Choudary was at the forefront of the protest. The Al-Muhajiroun group he formerly led has been banned under terrorism laws.
Organisers told The Times the protest was held yesterday to coincide with the large number of office workers who would be in the area for Christmas parties.

Choudary told the crowd: ‘The shops are run by Muslims and they know they are selling alcohol and they know the sale and consumption of alcohol is completely prohibited.
‘We cannot live among the non-Muslims and see this evil take place

He told those gathered it was his wish that Sharia law, banning alcohol, should be enforced in Britain.
He also defended three ‘fantastic’ men who were jailed last week for attacking drinkers while on a ‘Muslim patrol’.
Dr Usama Hasan, of the anti-extremist think-tank the Quilliam Foundation, told the East London Advertiser: ‘In Islamic teaching you shouldn't drink alcohol, but you can't impose Islamic law on other people.
‘This is a democracy. To try and impose Sharia by force, which is their stated aim, is completely stupid and against Islamic teaching.’
An East London Mosque spokesman reportedly condemned the protest as a publicity stunt and politicians in the area described it as ‘provocative’.
Labour group leader Sirajul Islam said before the protest: ‘Everyone has a right to peaceful protest but I urge the Shariah Project to think carefully about the impact their actions will have.

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