Choudary, a London-based advocate of strict Islamism, was referring to the consumption of alcohol, and issued a warning to shopkeepers and restaurant staff in London’s Brick Lane area where the preacher and his following marched last Friday:
“Under Sharia and under the Koran the sale of alcohol is prohibited, and if one were to also drink alcohol, that would be 40 lashes.” …
“We were there to teach them that just because they are living among non-Muslims is no excuse because Sharia law will be implemented in Britain, and so they should be aware that just because it is not Sharia today, they can’t just do whatever they like.”
“There will be no more pubs, no more gambling houses, no more national lottery. All women would have to be covered up appropriately and wear the niqab or veil and so there will be no prostitution. By 2050, Britain will be a majority Muslim country. It will be the end of freedom, of democracy — and [the implementation of] submission to God. … As soon as they have authority, Muslims should implement Sharia.”
He confirmed that he wants to see adulterers stoned to death. He also supports punishing thieves by having one of their hands cut off.
However, he denies recruiting young Muslims to commit acts of war or terror in the Middle East. But here’s who he quite obviously does (indirectly) recruit: more fed-up Brits to join the far-right English Defence League, often associated with skinheads and fascists. To the EDL and the BNP, Choudary is the gift that keeps on giving.