A controversial Muslim cleric who lives off benefits is urging his followers to also sponge off UK taxpayers by claiming their ‘Jihad seeker’s allowance’.
Anjem Choudary, who in the past has planned to disrupt the minute’s silence on Remembrance Sunday, also openly mocked hard-working Britons, calling them ‘slaves’.
The Sun newspaper secretly filmed him saying Islam will overrun Europe, David Cameron and Barack Obama should be killed and calling the Queen ‘ugly’.
But today he said he had been ‘joking’ and his words had been misconstrued.
He also maintained that Osama Bin Laden was his ‘hero’.
The father-of-four takes home more than £25,000 a year in benefits and lives in a £320,000 house in Leytonstone, East London.
He told a crowd of around 30 fanatics: ‘People will say, ‘Ah, but you are not working’. But the normal situation is for you to take money from the kuffar (non-Muslim).
‘So we take Jihadseeker’s Allowance. You need to get support.’
In another video a grinning Choudary is recorded telling his disciples that it is justifiable to take money from non-believers.
He said: ‘The normal situation is to take money from the kuffar. You work, give us the money, Allahu Akhbar (God is great).
‘Hopefully there’s no one from the DSS listening to this.’
He also called Mr Cameron, Mr Obama and the leaders of Pakistan and Egypt the ‘shaitan’, or devil, and said he wanted them to be killed.
Choudary spoke glowingly of the 9/11 attacks and urged his followers to have ‘hate’ in their hearts for core British concepts like democracy, freedom and freedom of religion.
The 45-year-old former lawyer added: ‘We are going to take England — the Muslims are coming. Brussels is 30 per cent, 40 per cent Muslim and Amsterdam. Bradford is 17 per cent Muslim.
‘These people are like a tsunami going across Europe. And over here we’re just relaxing, taking over Bradford brother. The reality is changing.’
At another meeting he displayed a £10 note of the Queen and described the portrait as ‘ugly’.
Choudary, 45, ran a group called al-Muhajiroun which held anti-Western demonstrations and is the former leader of Islam4UK. Both were outlawed in 2010 under the Terrorism Act.
He told the Sun that his reference to ‘Jihadseeker’s allowance’ was a joke and claims he has never urged his followers to kill anyone.
He said: ‘Cameron is doing satanic actions but I am not asking for anyone to be killed. We want everyone to worship Islam. I invite Cameron and the Queen to worship Islam.That would be an ideal situation.’
His teachings were met with ridicule by some Muslims. Twitter user Razwan Faraz said: ‘Islam teaches us to be independent and self sufficient. You clearly are a living dichotomy of ideas and actions!’
Choudary later said that his rant had been ‘misconstrued’ and said his Jihad seeker’s Allowance’ comment had been a mere joke.
Today he maintained that he had been comparing economic and welfare systems between Islam and Britain in a talk, and discussing how Islam would provide ‘basic needs’ for its citizens, The Sun reported.
He said: ‘As a joke in this talk to lighten the atmosphere I said “Jihad Seeker’s Allowance”.’
He then said he believed terrorist and 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden was a ‘hero’ to him and some of the Muslim world.
Choudary said: ‘He sacrificed his life and wealth for what he believes.
‘He stood up against the super powers of his time.’