Fringe preacher Anjem Choudary is trying to discourage Muslims from voting in elections by claiming the act is a ‘sin’ under Islamic law.
Mr Choudary’s group is promoting a campaign on social media with the hashtag #StayMuslimDontVote and has released a series of videos aimed at discouraging young Muslims from taking part in the democratic process.
Despite having become adept at marshalling repeated media coverage, Mr Choudary is a fringe figure in British Islam.
“Almost all major Muslim organisations say it is a civic obligation for us to participate in the electoral process because we have an opportunity to make our societies better, not just for Muslims but for everyone,” Talha Ahmad from the Muslim Council of Britain told Al Jazeera last month…
Note: The general parliamentary UK election is to be held on May 7, 2015.
— Shahid ul Islam (@sirshahid) April 4, 2015