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Controversial Imam calls Britain's Queen Elizabeth a ‘Disgusting Woman’

A controversial English Imam called Britain’s Queen Elizabeth a “disgusting woman.” Shaykh Asrar Rashid, a visiting cleric at the Birmingham city's mosques, said this in disagreement with the Queen’s knighting of author Salman Rushdie, the BBC reported.

According to the BBC, he also said that Muslims should not fight in the British armed forces on conscientious grounds due to their presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"It's not that I hate English people, or English soldiers who have gone abroad, or that I don't feel for the mothers of these soldiers. But the fact is they should make conscientious decisions as well. That we must only fight wars which are in our interest, and invading Iraq and then oppressing the Iraqi people and Afghani people, is not the English way," Rashid said.

The Muslim Council of Britain said the Imam's views were not representative of theirs saying, that disrespecting the Queen, as the British head of state, was a "disgusting" thing for a Muslim to do.

"As Muslims we are ready to show respect to leaders. We may disagree with some of the things she might do and say but that does not give us the right to be insulting to her."

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