Anjem Choudary shunned by imams who say he's not welcome at scores of mosques

The Telegraph, UK/October 20, 2018

By Martin Evans

Anjem Choudary, the Islamist hate preacher, has been told he is not welcome at scores of mosques across London following his release from prison, the Telegraph can reveal.

The 51-year-old, who was freed from jail, is only permitted to attend a single place of worship that has been approved by officials from the Ministry of Justice.

Choudary was asked to submit a list of mosques he wished to visit, but when they were approached by the authorities asking if they objected to him attending, many of the imams said he would not be welcome.

Other mosques in the capital also contacted officials ahead of his release to say they did not want him turning up at their premises.

A source said it was clear the Muslim community held Choudary in as much contempt as everyone else.

“As part of his strict licensing conditions, Choudary is only permitted to attend one mosque that has been given prior approval,” the source said. “He was asked to submit a list of his preferred options and then they were asked if they would be willing to accommodate him.

"However it was clear that many of the mosques he wanted to visit did not want him mixing with their worshippers."

Eventually a suitable mosque was found and the controversial cleric was whisked from his north London probation hostel to the place of worship. He returned at 9pm.

Disapproval for the preacher from fellow Muslims is reminiscent of a number of YouTube video posted before his incarceration in which the preacher was berated by other Muslims who claimed his brand of extremism was not welcome within their community.

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