Preaching Hate at FOSIS’s Cardiff Conference
From the 5th – 7th April, the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS), is hosting a conference in Cardiff.
The announced speakers are:
- Dr Reda Bedeir
- Ustadh Ali Hammuda
- Abu Bakr Shatri
- Qari Ziyad Patel
Reda Bedeir says of homosexuality:
In fact, Islam considers homosexuality to be clearly sinful. As far as Islam is concerned, it is a profound mistake, specially that humans are not homosexuals by nature. People become homosexuals because of their environments. … The truth is – you are what you choose to be; you do what you choose to do; you think what you choose to think. There may be long time delays between the causing choices and the effects, but anyone can change themselves. There are reformed ex-drug addicts, reformed ex-compulsive gamblers and ex-homosexuals. In all these failings, prevention is 1000 times better than curing and even much easier. … There is a consensus among Islamic scholars that all humans are naturally heterosexual. Homosexuality is seen by scholars to be sinful and a perverted deviation from the norm. All Islamic schools of thought and jurisprudence consider gay acts to be unlawful. They only differ in terms of penalty. Some say that no physical punishment is warranted. Some see that severe punishment is warranted, while others require a minimum of 4 adult male witnesses before a person can be found guilty of a homosexual act.
Qari Ziyad Patel sings songs in praise of the Taliban:
Ustadh Ali Hammuda works for the Al Manar Centre in Cardiff, an institution known for hosting extremist speakers such as Hamza Tzortzis. Tzortzis wants to criminalise homosexuality, and equates it with paedophilia and cannibalism (Read more about him and his organisation here)
Abu Bakr Shatri is a regular speaker at extremist events, including the Al Muntada conference, which featured a number of jihadist speakers who preached hatred against Jews and other minorities.