The following are excerpts from an interview with British Islamist Anjem Choudary, which aired on Press TV on January 13, 2010.
Anjem Choudary: Let me just clear, first of all, that Islam4UK is a platform of the global Islamic movement Al-Muhajiroun, whose leader is Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad, who is currently in Lebanon. Our objective is to struggle in order to implement the shari'a wherever we are – whether in Britain, or America, or indeed in Iran, or in Lebanon.
Part of our struggle involves being part of the umma globally, and trying to liberate our land from occupation. Hence, in Britain, we do expose the British government for their foreign policy of hegemony in Muslim countries, the occupation of Muslim land, and in fact, the lies that they are telling the British – that they are there for freedom and democracy.
We believe, as Muslims, that there are two camps in the world today. There is the camp which believes in the Truth – the haq - and there is the camp which believes in the Falsehood – the battel.
The camp of the truth are the Muslims – people who want to call for the shari'a, those people who want to live by the shari'a, those people who want to liberate their land, those people who are working to establish the khilafa [caliphate].
On the other hand, you have the camp of the battel – those people who want to silence the truth, they want to put out the light of Allah, who want to occupy our land, and want to make sure that the giant, known as Islam, known as the khilafa, will never rise again.
We can see that in this camp… The head of this camp is Barak Obama, and his stooge, at the current time, is Gordon Brown. They will do everything they can to silence Islam and the Muslims. They will use banning, they will use proscription, they will bomb us, they will arrest us, they will imprison us. On the other hand, you have the Muslims. We will do whatever we can in order to implement the shari'a.
If you look in the dictionary at the word "terrorism," it is the use of violence against a community, or a section of the community, for political purposes. That is precisely what the British government is doing in Muslim countries. They are bombing us in Iraq and Afghanistan, and saying: “We are doing it under the banner of freedom and democracy.”
You do not spread freedom and democracy with a B-52 bomber, and carpet-bomb people in Afghanistan, and then say: “We’re helping them.” This is complete nonsense. When you speak about the oppression, and when you expose them – then suddenly, you are glorifying terrorism, you’re now the criminal.
This is a classic case of the faraun [Pharoah] calling the believer, Musa [Moses], and his followers that they are the people who are the danger, when they know very well that they are the tyrants, they are the oppressors. So, we carry this ban as an honor for us. If you follow in the footsteps of the Messenger Muhammad and his companions, you will face the same thing.
We are a minority, we agree. The strangers are always a minority in every community... Those people who speak the truth. The majority of the people are in the Hellfire. We do expect, in fact… There will always be a minority on the Truth, who will continue to call for the shari'a, who will work for the liberation of their land.
What we need to do is to get rid of the Americans and British from Muslim land, and implement the shari'a. I think then we will have a real power in the world, and that power, God willing, will one day even spread, and we can implement the shari'a in the whole of the Arabian Peninsula, and in the whole of the Indian continent, and we can have the revival that all of the Muslims are striving for.