In a January 13, 2014 interview with the Lebanese Murr TV channel, British Islamist Anjem Choudary said that according to Islamic law, whoever insults the Prophet Muhammad should be punished by death. "May Allah accept [the attackers] in Paradise," he said.
Following are excerpts:
Anjem Choudary: You know, we are not Jews and we are not Christians. We don't believe that if you give me the one cheek, I will give you the other. We don't believe in an eye for an eye. We have a unique shari'a. In our shari'a, this is what the Prophet Muhammad said: "Whoever insults the Prophet – kill him." It has capital punishment. Now, the jurisprudence of this is: Who can fulfill this?
Interviewer: Mr. Choudary, where does this appear in your religion? Show me a verse in the Quran saying that whoever insults the Prophet should be killed.
Anjem Choudary: The Prophet himself sent one of his companions to kill Ka'ab bin Ashraf, because he insulted the Prophet. In another narration, a man killed his wife because she insulted the Prophet, and the Prophet said that no "blood money" should be paid. You know, we live peacefully with each other, but you have to respect the honor of the Prophet, who is revered by a quarter of the world's population.
In Paris, you cannot build mosques. In France, you cannot deny the Holocaust. The Muslims are treated as second-class citizens. They banned the burqa. There are people now in court because of poems they wrote about Napoleon.
May Allah accept [the attackers] in Paradise. You know, your idea of who is innocent is different than mine. The people who insulted the Prophet are obviously guilty of provoking the Muslims.