Anjem Choudary: 'We need to crack down on hate preachers' says key Muslim cleric Ajmal Masroor

Anjem Choudary: 'There is insufficient protection against such hate preachers in our community', says Imam

Anjem Choudary has been sentenced to five and a half years

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

One of London's most prominent Muslim clerics is calling for all communities to help stop radicalism, after Anjem Choudary was sentenced to five and a half years in prison. 

Two months ago Choudary was found guilty of swearing an oath of allegiance to Isis and encouraging others to follow him. Mohammad Mizanur Rahman, who worked with him, received the same sentence.

Ajmal Masroor believes the length of time it has taken to prosecute Choudary shows there is not enough protection against extremism. 

"He was a figure that neither was doing anything Islamic, nor was he doing anything beneficial to anybody," Masroor, who also provides consultancy to government agencies on Muslim issues, told Sam Delaney. 

"The fact that the law has taken so long to prosecute him indicates there is insufficient protection against such hate preachers in our community.

"No it's not contrary to the freedom of speech, every freedom comes with restriction, so for example my right to drive freely comes with the Highway Code.

"Anjem Choudary has never studied under any real Islamic school, nor has he ever been certified to preach what he preaches. He was doing a DIY job.

“We need to create Islamic education programmes on a more consistent basis in our country in Britain, and not push the Muslim community to deal with this problem by themselves, we need to deal with this together because we are all in it."

Listen to the full interview to find out more