She had an amazing future ahead of her, was studying English and communications at King's College, London, and in her first two years had been a prize-winning student predicted to get a first. Choudhry was also a gifted linguist who was fluent in Arabic, French and her parents' mother tongue of Bengali.
The eldest of five children from a Bangladeshi heritage, Choudhry's mother was born in the UK. Her father had worked as a tailor but by the time of the attack he was unemployed and the family were reliant on benefits and help from the children.
But she threw it all away. She decided to murder MP Stephen Timms as a "punishment" for voting for the Iraq war. In the last part of 2009, she began to download "jihadist" videos from youtube, by early 2010, she dropped out of uni and in April she bought two specialist knives for the sole intent of murdering MP Stephen Timms.
She stabbed him twice in the stomach during his surgery where he was meeting his consituents. She went up to him with a big smile with her hand out (as if she was going to shake his hand) and then she stabbed him.
The main problem with people like her is how tragically misguided they are. First and foremost, as a pacifist against the war in Iraq, how is killing your MP going to solve anything? Of course all Muslims and many non-Muslims are/were against it, but come on, what justice would killing him serve?
Secondly, killing is a major sin in Islam as the Qur'an (I can't find a quote forgive me says): "Any man who saves another man's life, it is as if he has saved the whole of humanity, and any man who kills another it is as if he has killed the whole of humanity." Only Allah has the divine right to choose who lives or dies, we don't.
*sigh* I get angered but I feel kinda sorry for people like her. I pray that she gets guided to the true right path of Islam, Ameen. And it means that people like me who carry a very large rucksack and use public transport are getting even dodgier looks.
**Just had to get that off my chest!**
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