A trainee at one of the world’s biggest law firms has apologized after posting an online rant in which he criticized Muslims who denounced the terror attacks on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Aysh Chaudhry, a 22-year-old mergers and acquisitions specialist earning more than £40,000 at Clifford Chance in London, also blamed “Kuffar” non-Muslims who “killed our people and raped and pillaged our resources” for the 7 January attacks which left 12 people, including 10 journalists dead.
The video, posted on 11 January on Chaudhary’s Instagram account, was first revealed by the satirical website Legal Cheek but has since been taken down.
In the video, Chaudhary condemned those Muslims who denounced the attack, saying that their minds had been “colonized” by “western concepts” such as freedom of speech which he said did not exist in Islam.
He also claimed that Islam was “superior” to Western ideology.
Chaudhary said: “Brothers and sisters, we would not be here had it not been for the fact that the kuffar had gone to our lands and killed our people and raped and pillaged our resources.
“This, brothers and sisters, is what we need to understand. We need to move away from this apologetic tone and have confidence in Islam because we are enslaved otherwise.”
“The ideal of freedom of speech doesn’t exist in reality. But there seems to be an absolute freedom to insult Muslims. The people being held out as Islamic personalities with an Islamic response are not giving a correct Islamic response. You have to accept their freedom to insult you. That is what freedom of speech means. I guess Muslims just need to grow up, is the concept they want to put across.”
Free speech, Chaudhary added, was “a value stemming from secular, liberal, bankrupt ideology” which Muslims didn’t need.
Chaudhary, who lives in Waltham Forest, north London, today apologized.
“I apologise for any offence caused by my video. I have a deep and serious Islamic faith, I had no intention other than to encourage intellectual debate and would never support or condone violence.”
Clifford Chance, which has offices in 26 countries and revenues of more than £1.3 billion, has not taken any action against Chaudhary with a spokesman saying the young trainee’s views are his own and nothing to do with the company.