Muslim Student Council
The Muslim Student Council, founded in 2008, is the umbrella organisation that coordinates and represents the more than 20 student AhlulBayt Islamic Societies at universities across Britain.
AhlulBayt Islamic Societies are Shia Muslim student groups, and can be found at the Universities of Aston, Brunel, Cardiff, City, De Montfort, Hertfordshire, Keele, Kingston, Middlesex, Birmingham, Bradford, Edinburgh, Leeds, Leicester, Manchester, Portsmouth, Surrey, Westminster and London (Queen Mary, Imperial, KCL, UCL and SOAS).
Neither the Muslim Student Council nor the AhlulBayt Islamic Societies make any attempt to conceal their affiliation to and sympathy with the Iranian regime. A cursory glance at their website, for instance, reveals that they:
a) Hold an annual summer camp at the Imam Ali Mosque in Hamburg. The mosque is “widely considered by experts in Germany and abroad [to be] the long arm of Iran’s regime in the Federal Republic” and even “directly under the control of the [Iranian] leader Ali Khamenei”.
b) Organise trips to Islamic seminaries in Qom. The seminaries in Qom are run by the Society of Seminary Teachers in Qom, which in turn is controlled by the regime and uses religious teachings to legitimise the principle of Velayat-e Faqih, the basis of Iran’s theocracy.
c) Raise funds for the Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Iranian Red Crescent Society is a sham humanitarian aid organisation controlled by the regime and uses ambulances to smuggle intelligence agents and weapons into foreign countries.
d) Mark Islamic Unity Week, despite acknowledging that it “was initiated by the founder of the Islamic Revolution, the late Imam Khomeini (ra), following the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979”. [NB: “(ra)” is short for “radhiallahu ‘anhu”, which means, “May God Be Pleased With Him”.]
e) Celebrate Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, and praise Ruhollah Khomeini as the man whose name “will always remain in the new chapter of history” because he “revived the faith of a nation” and created a regime that “can still be seen as successful today”.
f) Sell books written by Islamist ideologue Mohammad Baqir al-Sadr, founder of an Iraqi terrorist group known as the Islamic Dawa Party.
The Muslim Student Council and AhlulBayt Islamic Societies are also listed as “supporting organisations” of Al Qods Day, an annual pro-terror and anti-Israel rally initiated by Ruhollah Khomeini.