Muslims Do not Believe in Freedom Of Speech British Cleric

Rabat – A British preacher is reported to have said that Muslims do not believe in the freedom of expression.Anjem Choudary, a London-based radical preacher wrote a letter, published by American news outlet USA today, saying that Muslims “did not believe in the concept of freedom of expression.”Following the attack on the Paris offices of satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, the Muslim activist said in his letter entitled ‘People Know the Consequences’, that “contrary to popular misconception, Islam does not mean peace but rather means submission to the commands of Allah alone.” “Therefore, Muslims do not believe in the concept of freedom of expression, as their speech and actions are determined by divine revelation and not based on people’s desires,” he added.He tweeted:If freedom of expression can be sacrificed for criminalising incitement & hatred, Why not for insulting the Prophet of Allah? #ParisShooting— Anjem Choudary (@anjemchoudary) 7 Janvier 2015Freedom of expression does not extend to insulting the Prophets of Allah, whatever your views on the events in Paris today! #ParisShooting— Anjem Choudary (@anjemchoudary) 7 Janvier 2015According to media sources, Choudary and his small following of hardline Muslims are associating themselves with the ‘Salafist’ school of thought.Last year, he expressed his support for terrorist organization the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, and Muslims travelling to Syria and Iraq to fight.“Although Muslims may not agree about the idea of freedom of expression, even non-Muslims who espouse it say it comes with responsibilities. In an increasingly unstable and insecure world, the potential consequences of insulting the Messenger Muhammad are known to Muslims and non-Muslims alike,” he said in the letter.He also put blame on Charlie Hebdo for provoking the attack on its Paris offices that claimed the lives of 12 people.The letter asks: “Why did France allow the tabloid to provoke Muslims?”“Western governments are content to sacrifice liberties and freedoms when being complicit to torture and rendition — or when restricting the freedom of movement of Muslims, under the guise of protecting national security,” he added.Photo Credit: AFP read more