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The Extremist Spectrum: Anjem Choudhry to Yasser Habib

Extremists exist in every community and society around the world. This isn’t different with the Muslim community either. Extremist ideologies have embedded themselves within Muslim communities, luring people towards division, anger and hatred. Many extremists provoke sectarianism and division between various Muslim sects and groups. And hate-preaching extremists lie on both sides of this spectrum.

On one side, you have the likes of Anjem Choudhry – notorious for causing controversy in the streets of the UK with his group of young angry Salafis openly declaring support for terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda and ISIS. His group, and like-minded individuals will routinely berate Shia Muslims and insult them, and in 2013 even attacked Shia bystanders at a demonstration in London.

On the other side you have people like Yasser Habib, a cleric who calls himself a Shia Muslim and uses the medium of satellite TV and YouTube to incite hatred against Sunni Muslims as well as other Shia Muslims. By stoking the flames of enmity and hatred amongst extreme groups, his actions have contributed towards sectarian killings against Shia Muslims by terrorists across Africa, Middle East and Asia – the same terrorists endorsed by the likes of Choudhry.

Essentially both ends of the spectrum are benefiting each other, whilst Muslims around the world are being killed.



People like Choudhry manipulate young passionate Sunnis against Shias and cite people like Habib. People like Habib manipulate young Shias against Sunnis, and cite people like Choudhry. Ironically, both extremes have only a handful of followers, but have a mysteriously large reach through media and a notably strong source of funding.

They both operate from the UK too, with the police, intelligence and government very well aware of what they’re doing. Anjem Choudhry has been detained for questioning by the Met Police on several occasions related to terrorism and inciting hatred. Notoriously, people linked to Choudhry have been convicted of terrorism. Habib was granted asylum by the British after being arrested and exiled from Kuwait for inciting sectarian hatred. It is believed Kuwait is still where Habib receives large donations from. Donations at a scale which make no proportional sense in comparison to other Shia Muslim organisations and institutions.

Through their sectarian and extreme rhetoric, the likes of Anjem Choudhry and Yasser Habib are serving the agenda of those who have an enmity against Islam, such as the Zio-capitalists.

The plot against the Muslim Ummah is to see us divided and destroyed through deception.

For years – before Choudhry and Habib – it has been revealed people like Abu Hamza were working with the intelligence agencies (MI5) to serve their agenda. Abu Hamza dominated the headlines for the best part of a decade fuelling the anti-Islam narrative through the media.

Western Muslims should be aware of such plans, lest we are deceived into traps of sectarianism which compromise the foundations of our religion.

We need to increase our efforts against such extremists who are directly and indirectly responsible for the spilling of blood of our brothers and sisters in our Motherlands. This same sectarian violence can easily spread here if we are not vigilant and assertive of our ideological stand.

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20 Comments

  1. I think it’s a little more complicated than this article portrays it. Bakrism [so-called Sunnis] has a dark history of “Islamic” terrorism. Bakri leaders highly oppressed our dear Prophet Muhammad’s (saww) most beloved family members. This was WAY before Mr. Chaudhry or Mr. Habeeb. Many people fail to realize this critical point. People may mention that was about 1400 years ago, but we need to keep in mind that history often repeats itself, if the lessons aren’t learnt.

    1. First of all, It is quit a stretch to blame Abu Bakir with such weird allegations. Most importantly, after 1400 years, Muslims need to grow up and get past Sunnis/Shia, or “Bakrism / Alawism”and aspire to be better than them and NOT like them!

      1. Perhaps you aren’t that well acquainted with your leader’s wrongdoings. Read Tareekh al-Islaam [Islamic History] and you may begin to understand that which I say. I’d respectfully disagree with your saying that Muslims need to grow up. I think Muslims are grown, biologically, but not intellectually, which is the problem.

        1. Do not be do sure that you know history!! As for me I choose to grow up intellectually, look forward and trust that God will deal with who ever transgressed 1400 years ago.

          1. A true intellectual understand that Iblees’ (la) major act of disobedience happened way longer than 1400 years ago, yet it’s still very relevant as to why we don’t follow him. As for history, even Sunni historians and books of ahadeeth highlight the injustices of your accursed leaders.

          2. I do not have leaders “accursed” or otherwise. To me Abu Bakir and Ali are equals and You seriously need to grow up and not be a sheep. This discussion ends here for me and I end quoting the verse “تلك أمة خلت لهم ما كسبوا و لكم ما كسبتم و لا تسؤلون عما كانوا يفعلون ”

          3. You’re delusional, sir. Ignorance leads one to put Abu Bakr (la) on Imaam Ali’s (as) level. Study Islaam, and don’t support the enemies of Ahlul Bayt (as).

            Fee amanillah.

          4. Just reminding you of how I started this discussion yesterday and I leave it to you to judge how grown up of you the way you turned this discussion into !!

            “All communities either have dealt, are dealing or will deal with extremism but non succeeds in positively dealing and mitigating that phenomena through blaming outsiders. The fact is that extremist, Sunnis & Shia, do not need the CIA or MI5. They are declaring, loudly and clearly, that they are taking a cue from much much earlier “role-models” they hold in high esteem.
            25 years after the prophet’s (pbuh) death, and for centuries after that, the Sahabah/Salaf could not peacefully resolve their disagreement and as a result fought and killed each other while supposedly being aware of the many Hadiths that promises hellfire for both sides of Muslims who fight and attempt to kill each other.
            We should not expect to resolve this contemporary problem until we deal with its roots, become honest with ourselves and have the courage to discuss this taboo and resolve the dissonance that plagues this issue.”

          5. VERY lengthy diatribes, folk tales, claims and counter-claims just to claim that the prophet “hinted” in a “supposed” “Hadith” that his closest Sahabah are hypocrites who tried to kill him and will never see paradise. BTW, In another “sahih Hadith” these same Sahabah are promised paradise by name.
            It is sad 😔 if these 1400 year old folk tales are the basis of your religion and thanks for proving my point that blaming the CIA and MI5 for this extremism is foolish!

          6. Such types of ahadeeth are replete in your own Sunni books. Quraan even mentions hypocrites around the Prophet (saww). One would have to blind-hearted to not see the patterns, in my humble opinion. You don’t seem to realize the history of the Caliphs, and how they fabricated many ahadeeth against the Ahlul Bayt (as). It’s sad people like you tend to make-up your own convenient version of “Islaam.” It’s like that Al Gore documentary, most people want a convenient truth, in which they could also have Dunyaa.

            When it comes to the CIA MI5, etc., we do understand that Western leaders do have political interests in causing chaos in Muslim lands. So, I’d advise you to use proper discernment when it comes to these issues, instead of just agreeing or rejecting something entirely. Go back to the basics of Islaam, Akhee. I’m just trying to sincerely advise you.

            If you have any questions, please ask, and in shaa’llah I can assist you.

          7. 😔 When it comes to causing chaos in “Muslim” lands people like you, and your Wahabi allies, are doing more than enough and do not need any help from any outsiders😔

          8. Wahhabis use history from your accursed Bakri leaders. Bakris [so-called Sunnis] don’t realize their own terroristic history. When you follow such backward ideologies, you’re like a dormant firecracker, ready to explode at anytime. This is what the civilized world should fear. When you inadvertently support terrorists, you should be feared, even if dormant. Read about your leaders; don’t willfully act like an ignoramus.

          9. The similarities between your side and that of your Wahhabi partners are so deep, including the selective use of so called “history” and “Hadith”, . … you are practically mirror images of each other down to the vile propaganda … I would not stoop so low and share links to the Wahhabi extensive hate against your side because I am a grown up unlike you. More importantly, unlike you these do not form the basis and core of my religion.

  2. All communities either have dealt, are dealing or will deal with extremism but non succeeds in positively dealing and mitigating that phenomena through blaming outsiders. The fact is that extremist, Sunnis & Shia, do not need the CIA or MI5. They are declaring, loudly and clearly, that they are taking a cue from much much earlier “role-models” they hold in high esteem.
    25 years after the prophet’s (pbuh) death, and for centuries after that, the Sahabah/Salaf could not peacefully resolve their disagreement and as a result fought and killed each other while supposedly being aware of the many Hadiths that promises hellfire for both sides of Muslims who fight and attempt to kill each other.
    We should not expect to resolve this contemporary problem until we deal with its roots, become honest with ourselves and have the courage to discuss this taboo and resolve the dissonance that plagues this issue.

    1. It seems you forgot what Rasool (saww) said about following Quraan and Ahlul Bayt (as), even according to Saheeh Sunni texts. There were certain select companions that were envious of Ahlul Bayt (as). Keep in mind what envy did to Iblees (la).

      1. I have issues with many Hadiths on both Sunni and Shia sides, and so should all Muslims. I do not know about yours, but my religion is not is dynasty where political and religious leadership are Inherited!!

        1. It’s wise to be open-minded when it comes to ahadeeth on both sides. We’d agree to that. I suppose you don’t know about how the Prophetic lineage passed down…

          Keep in mind Shias don’t follow mere lineages; it’s lineage AND qualifications. Imam Ali (as) is way more superior to Abu Bakr (la). You’d understand what I mean, if you sincerely reflect on it.

          1. You say Ali is more superior to Abu Bakr only because you were indoctrinated as s Shia from birth. Personally, I have no opinion about this issue nor am I even interested in taking a position or arguing about such a statement!

          2. You’re a good speculator. My dad is Sunni, so I wasn’t born into Shiism. I chose it after studying books from both sides. What do you know about the `Aql? Even Atheists claim to be intellectuals.

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