Following is a video message by British Islamist Anjem Choudary, posted on the Internet on December 22, 2011.
Anjem Choudary: Christmas is a period when many events and many views are heard. In particular, at this time of the year, people think about Jesus – ‘Isa, may he rest in peace. Jesus was not a Christian, and in fact, if Jesus was alive today, he would be following the Muslims and Islam.
Indeed, ‘Isa said that the Messenger Muhammad would come after him, and he gave him one of the names which Allah has mentioned in the Koran – Ahmad. Indeed, ‘Isa was a Muslim.
There are many people who want to attribute things which are not correct to ‘Isa – for example, that he believed in confession, confessing to a person to be forgiven for your sins, that he believed in original sin, that you are born sinful, that in fact, they say that he allowed you to eat and drink whatever you wish, that in fact, he said: “Give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and give unto God what is God’s,” whereas we know about the life of Jesus, ‘Isa, that he rose against the Roman Empire in his time, he forbade cheating in the market, he forbade promiscuity, and he forbade the Jewish judicial system in his own era.
In fact, he said that you worship, and you obey, and you follow none but Allah. That is the true message of Jesus, as found in the Koran, and in the statements of the Messenger Muhammad.
In this period as well, the Muslims – those who had the attribute of commanding good and forbidding evil – should realize that Christmas has many evils associated with it. Every true Christian as well knows that this has nothing to do with Christianity. This pagan festival, where there is promiscuity, the abuse of alcohol, domestic violence, and all kinds of crimes, the break-up of families, which are associated with it, is something that the Muslims must put on their agenda, to forbid and to invite people away from this debauchery, in Islam, the pure way of life.
Indeed, Jesus will return one day, and he will break the cross, and he will pray behind the Muslims. He will declare with them that indeed, he believes in the finality of the message of Muhammad, and in Islam.
So we want to pass a message to you very clearly at this time of the year – that when you reflect upon the lives of Jesus, and Moses, and Abraham, and all of the prophets of God, remember that there is only one way of life that can truly give you Paradise and happiness in this life, and that is Islam.
Islam means submission – the way that Jesus prayed to his Lord, Allah, and the way he forbade evil in his own time, and the way he believed in tawhid – the oneness of God – and not to worship children, or parents, or other partners along with Him, and the way he tried to bring people away from the evil of man-made law, into the justice and beauty of divine law.
The perfection is found in Islam, the final favor from God to mankind, in the Koran and in the life of the Messenger Muhammad.
We find that the Muslims nowadays, when they live with the so-called Christians, and the Christian leaders, like Cameron and Obama, and previously under Blair and Bush, that their life, their honor, and their wealth is polluted and violated. So we find that this Christmas, Sheik Abu Qatada is in prison for no crime having been committed. Even Sheik Abu Hamza is in prison. Even after the trumped-up charges and the sentence, which has been served, he languishes behind bars. For what reason, apart from the whims and desires of the so-called Christian leaders? And you find that these same Christian leaders, under stop and search and other draconian laws, demonize and vilify the Muslims.
We find that the Christian leaders nowadays are targeting the Muslims and imprisoning them. I have little doubt that indeed, if Jesus was alive today, he would probably spend his time in Belmarsh Prison, because of the views that he carries, because certainly, he would not be with the Israelis, but rather, with the Muslims, the Palestinians, against the occupation. He would not be with the Americans and the British in Iraq and Afghanistan, but rather, with the Muslims struggling and striving to liberate their land, and to implement divine law. He would not be with the Russians, demonizing and oppressing the Chechens, but rather, he would be with the Muslims in the mountains, trying to rid themselves of the shackles of man-made law. He would not be with the Chinese, oppressing the Uyghur Muslims, but rather, he would be with them, fighting against the tyranny.
Wherever we look, whether it is a Christian or a pagan, or indeed, if he is a Communist or a socialist, we can find that the oppression of man-made law is everywhere.