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Pro-Jihad Islamist Anjem Choudary Uses Twitter to Promote Jihad Against the West

Written by Steven Stalinsky and R. Sosnow

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On Twitter, British Pro-Jihad Islamist Anjem Choudary – Whose Network Is Regarded As 'Single Biggest Gateway To Terrorism' For European Fighters in Syria – Incites To Violence And Jihad, Calls For Conquest Of West; In Tweet, He Defends Opinion Expressed By Accused Islamist During His Trial That U.K. Is 'A Theoretic & Practical Battlefield'

In November 2013, the U.K. nonprofit group Hope Not Hate published extensive research[1] revealing that British Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary – head and co-founder of the banned extremist U.K. group Al-Muhajiroun, spokesman for the banned Islam4UK organization, and spiritual advisor to the banned U.K. Islamist group Muslims Against Crusades (MAC)[2] – has been encouraging young British Muslims to go to Syria to fight for Al-Qaeda. The report stated that the network of Al-Muhajiroun and its European partners has become the "single biggest gateway to terrorism in recent British history"[3] and the largest in Europe that is recruiting foreign fighters to go to Syria. It also estimated that the network has sent 200-300 people to Syria.[4]

It was also reported that "White Widow" Samantha Lewthwaite, the 29-year-old widow of a 7/7 bomber who is now thought to be connected to the Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Shabaab and who may have been involved in the September 2013 Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, is another follower of Choudary. According to media reports on November 25, 2013, she tweeted: "When Anjem Choudary speaks, so-called 'moderate Muslims' start to sweat & tremble" and "Anjem Choudary remains a noble & brave Muslim who speaks his mind & fears Allah like a pious Muslim should do."[5]

In fact, since Choudary began tweeting on March 19, 2011, Twitter has been his main vehicle for spreading his message and reaching out to followers (as reported by MEMRI on November 4, 2011, in Inquiry and Analysis No. 755, Deleting Online Jihad on Twitter: The Case of British Jihadi Anjem Choudary – Tweeting for the Caliphate and the Conquest of the White House). In the second half of March 2011 alone, he posted 284 tweets and gained 593 followers; as of this writing, he has posted 2,955 tweets and has 6,601 followers.

The December 2013 "Tackling Extremism In The UK" report by the Prime Minister's Task Force on Tackling Radicalism And Extremism states that authorities "have removed over 18,000 items of online terrorist propaganda and intervened more often than ever before to limit the opportunities for hate preachers to spread their messages" and adds, "Extremist propaganda is too widely available, particularly online, and has a direct impact on radicalising individuals."[6]

However, Choudary is still actively tweeting. While his group Muslims Against Crusades has been banned for over two years (see MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 4278, UK Home Office Bans 'Terror Organization' Muslims Against Crusades; Group Spokesman Anjem Choudary Still Communicating Via Twitter, YouTube, November 11, 2011) and while its Twitter account was shut down at that time, Choudary himself continues to tweet prolifically, embracing this modern Western tool with impunity while denouncing the West. This is despite the fact that the U.K. government and security officials are discussing bans against him.[7]

According to Choudary's Twitter account, he is "a Muslim who believes that Islam is something we must believe in (Tawheed), live by (Shari'ah) and struggle and sacrifice for (by way of Daw'ah and Jihad)."[8]

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In addition to tweeting his views to his followers, Choudary uses Twitter for disseminating and linking to his videos on YouTube, for announcing collaboration with other jihadi groups, and for calling on his followers in the U.K. and U.S. to kill opponents of radical Islam.

The November 2011 MEMRI report focused on his tweets, which included calls for a return to the Caliphate; for shari'a law to replace the U.S. Constitution; for Islam to conquer the White House and U.K.; for Islam to take over the world; and for Allah to destroy the enemies of Islam. He also tweeted praise for the late sheikhs Anwar Al-Awlaki and Osama bin Laden, and much more.

In one notable tweet, dated November 4, 2011, Choudary warns those who "support" Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical political weekly – which published an attack on radical Islam, with Islam's Prophet Muhammad as "guest editor" and as a result had its offices firebombed and its website cyber-attacked – to "take lessons from Theo Van Gogh." Van Gogh, the Dutch film director, was assassinated by jihadi Mohammed Bouyeri in November 2004 as a result of his film Submission, which criticized the treatment of women in Islam. (see Appendix I to review these tweets).

The following report highlights Choudary's tweets from the past year. They include calls for jihad; calls for shari'a law to replace democracy, including stoning to death and cutting off criminals' hands; for the conquest of the West; for non-Muslims to pay the jizya tax to Muslim rulers; support for terrorist attacks inside the U.S. and U.K.; he expresses his delight in manifestations of Allah's wrath against the West, such as "tornados, floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes," and calls for Western leaders, including President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron, to convert to Islam.

Choudary Tweets About Followers Who Attacked Non-Muslims; Says Jihadis Consider U.K. "Theoretic & Practical Battlefield"

According to a December 9, 2013 report, Islamic converts Jordan Horner, 19, and Ricardo MacFarlane, 26, admitted to being part of a "Muslim Patrol," a  group of vigilantes opposing Western culture on the streets of London's East End, and were sent to prison for harassing, threatening, and assaulting a number of people. Choudary said that the men regularly attended his lectures, that "they didn’t do anything wrong" and that what they did was "commendable." He added, "I don’t condemn them at all. They are upstanding, upright members of the Muslim community. Their character is immaculate, they are fantastic individuals."[9]

Following the incident, he tweeted, referring to one of the defendants: "Mujahid adopts the Islamic opinion that there is no covenant of security in the UK [i.e. between the mujahideen and the U.K.] & hence considers it [i.e. the U.K.] a theoretic & practical battlefield"; "From Mujahid's own words its clear that UK foreign policy is what motivated him to do what he did & the view of Al-Qaeda on the covenant etc"; and "Mujahid in court yesterday said: 1. He was never a member of Al-Muhajiroun 2. He disagrees with me on the covenant of Security in the UK [i.e. between Islam and the U.K.]." He also tweeted a link to the report on the trial, which quoted him.

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Source: @anjemchoudary, December 9, 2013.

Choudary Tweets About Woolwich Beheading

On May 22, 2013, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale attacked and beheaded Private Lee Rigby on a street in Woolwich, U.K; the attack was caught on video. Media reports revealed that one of the perpetrators, Michael Adebolajo, was a student of Choudary's.

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From 2007 BBC footage of Michael Adebolajo at a Choudary rally (source: Youtube.com/watch?v=in7rhfHcEsA)

This was not the first time that one of Choudary's followers has been linked to terrorism cases in the U.K. Others include Richard Dart, converted to Islam by Choudary[10] and now serving a six-year prison sentence for plotting terror attacks and attempting to attend training camps in Pakistan; Abdul Muhid, who was convicted of soliciting murder during Danish Embassy anti-cartoon protests, and was later convicted of fundraising for terrorism; and Abu Izzadeen, aka Trevor Brooks, who recently completed a prison term for inciting terrorism in his sermons at London's Regents Park mosque.[11]

The following are tweets by Choudary about the Woolwich attack:

 Choudary Tweets About His Convicted Terrorist Followers

Richard Dart
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Dart and Choudary. Image source: BBC.com, March 15, 2013.

Abu Izzadeen, aka Trevor Brooks

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Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, March 17, 2013: Al-hamdulillah Brother Abu Izzadeen (aka Omar Brooks) is on Twitter: @Abuizzadeen may Allah (SWT) make it a cause of goodness for him amen!

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, November 23, 2013: A good explanation from Abu Izzadeen as to why Muslims cannot attend the 'Global Peace and Unity' #GPU event today youtube.com/watch?=o5VL_u…

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, November 16, 2011: Abu Izzadeen & I will be debating Robert Spencer on his own channel abnsat.com tonight insha'allah 12:00 midnight to1:30 am UK time

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, November 3, 2011: Alhamdulillah (praise be to Allah) Abu Izzadeen was released from police custody last night and is as strong as ever, may Allah protect him.

Choudary Tweets In Support Of Terrorist Attacks In The U.S. And For Spread Of Islam In The U.S.

Choudary Tweets Calling For The Conquest Of The West And For Islam To Replace Western Democracy

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, October 17, 2013: I look forward to the day that the false idols of freedom & democracy that people worship today, are demolished & replaced by the Shari'ah

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, September 26, 2013: When the Shari'ah is implemented in Indonesia it will be a matter of time that the Muslims conquer Australia & bring in under its authority!

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, August 6, 2013: Islam is the fasting growing and most popular ideology, religion & way of life in the world today. Embrace Islam before death embraces you!!

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, July 26, 2013: Unlike capitalism which is dying due to oppression or Communism which is dead, Islam has real workable solutions for the problems of mankind

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, June 13, 2013: The Shari'ah will in fact one day be implemented in Rome & Italy anyway despite the Italian authorities making a big fuss about Sharia4Italy

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, May 25, 2013: Communism is dead, Capitalism is dying (look at the recent occupy phenomenon) Islam is the only workable ideological alternative for mankind 

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, April 22, 2013: An invitation for Muslims & non-Muslims in Germany to accept Islam and abide by it as a way of life youtube.com/watch?v=-AQmDU

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Choudary Tweets: The Coming Khilafah (Islamic State) Will Take Over The World

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, October 19, 2013: Allah knows where the Khilafah will return 1st, maybe in Somalia or Mali or Afghanistan or Iraq or Syria or Pakistan or Indonesia or Europe!

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, October 19, 2013: IZHAR UD DEEN requires the prerequisite of the Khilafah (the Islamic State) whose foreign policy will remove all man made laws on the Earth!

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, October 19, 2013: The obstacles in the way of establishing the Deen (Khilafah) today are both physical & intellectual which requires the twins of Jihad & Dawah

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, October 17, 2013: If the non-Muslims do not want their hand cut or to be stoned under the Khilafah then the answer is simple: don't steal or commit adultery!

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, October 17, 2013: Muslims will ensure that no one harms any citizen of the State & will begin annexing all countries under the authority of a global Khilafah!

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, September 26, 2013: The biggest nightmare for the Americans Russians & Chinese is the emergence of the Khilafah (the Islamic State) to end all their oppression!

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, July 26, 2013: Did you know that when the Shariah was implemented (from 622 to 1924) under the Khilafah, theft rape racism & poverty were almost eradicated 

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, June 2, 2013: The last time the ruling system of Islam was implemented was before the 3rd Marsh 1924 in the Ottoman Empire (Uthmani Khilafah) for 1302 yrs

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, April 12, 2013: Sheikh Ayman Al-Zawahiri is absolutely correct: Muslims must united together to defend themselves, remove oppressors & establish the Khilafah

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, August 21, 2013: Muslims must understand that JIHAD is the way for liberation SHARIAH is the way forward & the KHILAFAH is the only solution to our problems

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, August 9, 2013: Muhammad (saw) said 'Be busy in the big things in this world' eg establish the Khilafah, engage in Jihad & command good & forbid evil openly

Choudary Tweets: Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists Must Convert To Islam Or Pay Jizya To Muslim Overlords

Anjem Choudary ‏@anjemchoudary November 28, 2013: Far from those who make the Messenger Jesus into God, when he returns he will break the cross, kill the pigs & pray standing behind Muslims!

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, October 17, 2013: Under the coming Islamic State Jews Christians Hindus & Sikhs etc will have their life honour mind & wealth protected by paying us the Jizya   17349

 

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, August 7, 2013: DID YOU KNOW that When Jesus (Essa (as) returns he will burn the Cross, kill the pigs & pray behind the Muslims as a true follower of Islam!

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, August 6, 2014: Christians Jews Sikhs Hindus Buddhists capitalists communists socialists & democrats are invited to give up their falsehood & embrace Islam!

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, August 6, 2013: Islam is the TRUTH & Christianity Judaism Sikhism Hinduism Buddhism capitalism communism liberalism freedom secularism etc… are FALSEHOOD!

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, August 3, 2013: Jesus (Essa (as)) & Moses (Musa (as)) were both Muslims & foretold of Allah sending to mankind the final Messenger  Muhammad (saw) after them

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, June 30 (?): If any non-Muslim wants to embrace Islam, the fastest growing way of life in the world today, feel free to tweet any genuine questions here!

Choudary Tweets On U.K.: "Islam Is The Fastest Growing Way Of Life In Britain & The World"; "One Day The UK Will Be Ruled By Shari'ah Law"

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With President Obama on "Wanted" poster

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Choudary Tweets About His Growing Number Of Followers In Indonesia

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, September 26. 2013: Yudhoyono has no right to be in power in Indonesia & implement kufr law Sovereignty must belong to Allah & authority in the hands of Muslims

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, September 26, 2013: The Indian sub-continent has over 1 billion Muslims with Indonesia, when united under the banner of Islam it will be the greatest superpower

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, September 26, 2013: Muslims are today divided into some 55 so-called Muslim countries, it is time we were once again united by a global Islamic State (Khilafah)

Miscellaneous Choudary Tweets

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, June 4, 2013: Wasn't Osama bin Laden a freedom fighter when fighting the Russians in Afghanistan? When did he became a terrorist exactly, please remind me

Anjem Choudary @anjemchoudary, May 21, 2013: Tomados, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes are the soldiers of Allah (SWT) which he will unleash against whom he wishes! May Allah protect us 

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Appendix: Choudary Tweets From Part I Of This Series[12]

Anjem Choudary Those who want to support the publication of "Charlie Hebdo" who insulted the Messenger Muhammad (saw) must take lessons from Theo Van Gogh! 16 hours ago

Tweets Hinting At Assassinating President Obama

Anjem Choudary  If being suspected of directing a criminal network is enough to target someone for killing without charge, what about President Barak Obama? October 3, 2011

Anjem Choudary  I think Cameron & Obama are dictators, so what's the solution? How would you like it if we started boming Washington & London to remove them? October 20, 2011

Tweets About 9/11

Anjem Choudary  What is the legacy of 9/11? Were the 3000 innocent? Were the 19 maytyrs? What are the positive outcomes of 9/11? Find out at the U.S. embassy!September 11, 2011

Anjem Choudary  10 years after 9/11 the USA/U.K. economies collapse & their soldiers increasingly return in body bags so we can safely say 'YOU LOST THE WAR'! August 8, 2011

Anjem Choudary  The Jews use the Holocaust to occupy land & murder Muslims & the Christians use 911 to occupy & murder. What about all the 911s we face daily?September 12, 2011

Tweets About The Future Of The Middle East

Anjem Choudary  Once Egypt adopts the Shari'ah, the total liberation of Palestine & the return of all Jews to where they came will be the next step forward! October 10, 2011

Anjem Choudary  The liberation of Muslim land from US/U.K. , the removal of non-Islamic regimes & their replacement with 1 Khilafah must be every Muslim's goal October 6, 2011

Anjem Choudary  After 87 yrs of no Khilafah or Islamic State the resumption of the Islamic ruling system is the main agenda of all serious Islamic movements October 24, 2011

Anjem Choudary  It would also mean telling the UN, World Bank, IMF, OIC etc... to go to hell & to start annexing all Muslim land & eventually the world! October 24, 2011

Anjem Choudary  ISLAM does not mean peace rather it means SUBMISSION to the commands of Allah & this includes the concept of the Khilafah, Jihad & Shari'ah! June 23, 2011

Choudary Tweets About His Speeches And Collaboration With Other Islamists, Calls For Protests

Anjem Choudary  I will be leading funeral prayers for Sheikh Anwar Al-Awlaki today at 8 Belgrave Sq London SW1X 8PH @ 4pm May Allah (SWT) accept him shaheed October 1, 2011

Anjem Choudary  Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad, Sheikh Yassir Al-Sirri, Abu Izzadeen, Sayful Islam and I will be among many Muslims addressing the masses today! October 1, 2011

Anjem Choudary  Do not forget TWO London protests today outside 1. French embassy @ 1pm praying publically & 2. Israeli embassy @ 2:30pm calling for JIHAD!September 23, 2011

© The Middle East Media Research Institute All Rights Reserved

Endnotes: 

*Steven Stalinsky is Executive Director of MEMRI; R. Sosnow is Head Editor at MEMRI.


[1] http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/al-muhajiroun/summary/

[2] For more on Muslims Against Crusades, see MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 4278, UK Home Office Bans 'Terror Organization' Muslims Against Crusades; Group Spokesman Anjem Choudary Still Communicating Via Twitter, YouTube, November 11, 2011; MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 4176, U.K. Islamist Group 'Muslims Against Crusades' Asks, 'Is Assassination Of Obama Legal?' October 4, 2011; MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 4174, 'Muslims Against Crusades' Hold Memorial Prayers for Anwar Al-Awlaki in London - Led by Anjem Choudhary, October 2, 2011; see more at MEMRI.org.

[3] Independent (U.K.), November 25, 2013.

[4] http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/al-muhajiroun/summary/

[5] Daily Star (U.K.), November 25, 2013.

[6] "Tackling Extremism In The UK," Prime Minister's Task Force on Tackling Radicalism And Extremism, U.K., December 2013.

[7] http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/05/27/theresa-may-suggests-anje_n_3342363.html, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/10081715/Woolwich-attack-Extremist-preachers-should-be-banned-from-TV.html, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/10472312/Take-extremist-crackpot-Anjem-Choudary-seriously-as-possibly-one-of-Britains-most-serious-terrorist-threats-says-report.html

[8] Twitter.com/#!/anjemchoudary.

[9] http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/anjem-choudary-muslim-vigilantes-who-terrorised-nonbelievers-deserve-pat-on-back-8992944.html 

[10] Telegraph, July 5, 2012. For more on Richard Dart, see Member Of British Islamist Group 'Muslims Against Crusades' Arrested In U.K. Over Alleged Terror Plot, July 6, 2012. 

[11] The Daily Mail (U.K.), May 24 2013.

[12] Deleting Online Jihad on Twitter: The Case of British Jihadi Anjem Choudary – Tweeting for the Caliphate and the Conquest of the White House, November 4, 2011

 
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