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Posted on Jun 11, 2012

Appeal to York Students!

Appeal to York Students!

On Wednesday 11th June, the Islamic Society is hosting a preacher called Yusuf Chambers, who promotes the death of homosexuals and the stoning of adulterers,

Yusuf Chambers, a member of the iERA – Islamic Education and Research Academy – has in the past expressed the desire for homosexuals to be killed and has denied that homosexuality has any natural or genetic origins [1]. He has also expressed the belief that Sharia law should be implemented in the United Kingdom and has called for the ‘stoning to death’ of adulterers [2].

Hasan Afzal, Director of Stand for Peace (Britain’s leading counter-extremism interfaith organisation), has released the following statement ““A few years ago, University of York Islamic Society had an Islamist problem – it appears that problem has reappeared. There can be no other reason to invite Mr Chambers other than to proselytise young Muslim students to his twisted and intolerant teachings.”

He added: “Although defenders of Yusuf Chambers’s views will claim this, his invitation is not a freedom of speech issue. It is a decency issue. Do the people of York really want such a man to poison the minds of young people? Would the inaction of the University be the same if this man was a white neo-nazi? I don’t think so. The University has a duty to protect its students from religious extremism.”

The wonderful gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has spoken out in support of opposing this hate preacher. He spoke in support of  StandforPeace, and stated:

“Homophobia and Islamophobia have no place in a civilised society. The university should not be giving a platform to hate preachers. It violates the university’s equal opportunities and non-discrimination policy. I am sure the authorities would not allow an avowedly racist speaker. Why the double standards?”

“The university should, at the very least, insist that Yusuf Chambers sign an undertaking that he supports equality and non-discrimination, including for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.”

As a matter of decency, I believe that we should speak out against such an individual. A powerful argument for action can be found in an article written by an ex-student:

We should act soon by communally signing a letter of protest condemning the invitation, the speaker and his views and publicly urge the Islamic Society to cancel the event or change the speaker. While Chambers may have a legal right to air his horrid views; we also have the absolute right to condemn them.

A previous attempt to raise the issue with the Islamic Society by posting a mention of it on their Facebook event wall was deleted by one of the admins. As a show of student support for gay rights and women’s rights, please post the link for the information on this page on the Facebook event page for the vile Yusuf Chambers (found here).

Yours sincerely,
Zoe Lederman
Third year undergraduate

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Yusuf Chambers

Yusuf Chambers is part of the IERA and an associate of hate preachers Abdur-Raheem Green. He says that homosexuality is a sickness and can be cured.

Murder of Homosexuals

During an interview with Dr Zakir Naik (banned from Britain for hate preaching) he specifically asks the scholar what the punishment for homosexuality should be.

Dr Naik replies: “So homosexuality is forbidden in Islam and the punishment for homosexuality is death.”[1]

Chambers accepts his definition and requests that Naik refute suggestions that homosexuality has any natural or genetic origins:

Yusuf Chambers: Well JazakAllah Khair for clearing that issue up because I am sure many Muslims who still ponder that issue with the Gay Gene which is spoken about more than 10 years ago now is it? Or slightly less than 10 years ago

Dr. Zakir: 14 years

Yusuf Chambers: And but its still seems to be a view which is accepted… So may Allah preserve us from[2]


In an interview with Zakir Naik:

Dr Zakir: That means if any man or woman who is not married, if they have unlawful sexual intercoolers, the punishment is 100 lashes, flogging them with 100 lashes…

So the punishment for adultery, unlawful sexual intercourse done by married man is Islam, it is stoning to death….

Yusuf Chambers: Well, Dr. Zakir, I feel that those 2 punishments were enough to frighten the most of the individuals from Zina [adultery]. May Allah protect us from that.

Dr. Zakir: That’s in Islamic country but the punishment is not there in a non-muslim country.

Yusuf Chambers: Ahaa…

Dr. Zakir: So If it’s put through out the world, InshaAllah, Zina would be removed from the face of the earth.

Yusuf Chambers: InshaAllah

Dr. Zakir: InshaAllah

Yusuf Chambers: May Allah allow us to bring back that punishment to protect all humanity, InshaAllah.[3]


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IERA Speakers (colleagues of Yusuf Chambers)

Abdullah Hakim Quick

Six years ago, Quick was condemned by New Zealand’s broadcasting authority for his fiery anti-gay broadcasts which included these claims: – AIDS is caused by the “filthy practices” of homosexuals – Homosexuals are dropping dead from AIDS and “they want to take us all down with them” – The Islamic position on homosexuality is “death” – Homosexuals are “sick” and “not natural” – “Muslims are going to have to take a stand [against homosexuals] and it’s not enough to call names”.

Unrepentant, he continues to hold this position: “They said ‘what is the Islamic position [on homosexuality]?’ And I told them. Put my name in the paper. The punishment is death. And I’m not going to change this religion.”[1]

Abdur-Raheem Green

In an essay on his website entitled, “Terrible and brutal Islamic punishments or wise and just guidance from Allah?”, Green argues that homosexuality and adultery are “inexcusable, and justly punished with severity.” For this he stipulates death: “a slow and painful death by stoning. It is indicative of just how harmful this crime is to society.”

He concludes by arguing that that people should not quibble about whether the Islamic punishments are too harsh or not according to their own cultural experiences, but should just accept that Islam has a long track record and trust that Islamic law works[2].

Yusuf Estes

In an article on his website he says: “Scholars of Islam have already made it clear what the position is on those who engage in homosexual activities.” And he links to a fatwa ruling:

“In order to maintain the purity of the Muslim society, most Muslim scholars have ruled that the punishment for this act should be the same as for zina (i.e. one hundred whiplashes for the man who has never married, and death by stoning for the married man). Some have even ruled that it should be death for both partners, because the Prophet, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam, said: ‘Kill the doer and the one to whom it was done.’[3]

Estes further reprints and endorses an email on his website referring to gay people as “deviants” and “devils”.

Hamza Tzortzis

Hamza Tzortzis wants to criminalise homosexuality. He argues: “Some people object to Islam making the public expression of homosexuality a criminal act. This is subjective and only strikes a chord amongst those who cannot escape the social constructs in their own societies. There are societies past and present which accepted paedophilia and cannibalism as normal parts of human life and they would find Western society oppressive preventing them from carrying out these practices.”

He concludes by stating: “Those who claim that making homosexuality a criminal act is wrong are totally inconsistent.” He suggests this would mean saying that God is wrong. He explicitly rejects the argument that the historical context is different to the modern context: “Islam does not change with the tide or the fashion of the day,” he says.[4]

Shady Suleiman

He says: “Also homosexuality that’s spreading all these diseases. Let’s not deny the fact. Don’t call it the name of freedom. Don’t talk about freedom and, you know, this is the freedom of action and we could do whatever we want. It doesn’t mean that freedom of action you destroy a nation. These are evil actions that bring evil outcomes to our society… Remember that if there is an Islamic state the punishment of zina (sex outside marriage), the punishment of those who commit zina, if they have never been married before, they will be lashed 100 lashes. If they are married while they committed zina, or previously been married and divorced, and they committed zina, then their punishment is stoning to death.”[6]



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