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Posted on Nov 28, 2013

Sheffield Hallam

Sheffield Hallam

 

Incidents

In February 2012, Sheffield Hallam’s Islamic Society shared a video called ‘How to Respond to the Atheist’, featuring Anwar Al-Awlaki, on their Facebook page.[1]  The video was posted by a channel called ‘Nevertrustthekuffar’, and contained links to another YouTube channel called ‘TheJihadTube’ as well as a channel on Veoh which included videos called ‘Baghdad Sniper’, containing footage of US soldiers being shot in Iraq.[2] The video has subsequently been removed.

Sheikh Assim Al-Hakeem was invited to speak at Sheffield Hallam in March 2012, although the invitation was withdrawn by the Vice Chancellor’s Office following protests.[3] Al-Hakeem promotes female genital mutilation, advises that “it is not permissible for a wife to refuse fulfilling her husband’s desire”, and described homosexuality as “an illness and something that Allah despises”.[4]

In April 2012, Sheffield Hallam’s Islamic Society invited Jalal Ibn Saeed to speak at their ‘Pursuit of Paradise’ event, although he pulled out at short notice.[5] Saeed has been accused of anti-Semitism due to his comment that “we selfishly live like the Jews, who only care about themselves and call the rest a goyim, those who are damned. Those who are enslaved to them”. [6] He has also said: “The Taliban were coming into Kabul, they took Kabul, all or most of the country, no bloodshed, because everybody wanted that pathway. And they still do, which is Islam, Sharia, etcetera.[7] Following his withdrawal, the Islamic Society invited Murtaza Khan, who is noted for his homophobia, having stated that homosexuality is an abominable action, which goes against humanity” and that the correct punishment is death.[8] The event was cancelled because the change in speaker violated the University’s booking policy.[9]

A video showing Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a courier and financier for al-Qaida, who was convicted by a US Court of attempted murder in 2008, was shared on Sheffield Hallam’s Islamic Society’s Facebook page in 2012.[10] Siddiqui was married to Ammar al-Baluchi, a senior member of Al-Qaeda and the nephew of the 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.[11] She was believed to be involved in a plot to smuggle explosives into the US, and allegedly offered to make biological weapons.[12]

In August 2012, Sheffield Hallam’s Islamic Society promoted Islamia Village, a weekend retreat organised by the Islamic Network Project.[13] Speakers at the retreat included Murtaza Khan, Assim Al-Hakeem, Abdurraheem Green, and Hamza Tzortzis.[14]

Hamza Tzortzis spoke at Sheffield Hallam in February 2012, addressing the Islamic Society.[15] Tzortzis is a radical who has said Muslims “reject the idea of freedom of speech and even the idea of freedom”.[16] He has links to Hizb ut Tahrir, which advertises some of his talks on its website.[17]

 

Groups

In January 2010, Rashad Ali, formerly a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir and now a counter-extremism campaigner, wrote in the Guardian that Hizb ut-Tahrir controlled the Sheffield Hallam Islamic Society.[18] He wrote, “We kept the Islamic society under tight control. We used the society’s budget to host Hizb speakers, and would target Muslim students we believed could become activists. We had Hizb people delivering sermons every Friday and influential lecturers stayed on as PhD students and then lecturers at universities.”[19]



[1]http://www.studentrights.org.uk/article/1865/sheffield_hallam_islamic_society_share_anwar_al_awlaki_video

[2] Ibid.

[3]http://www.studentrights.org.uk/article/1900/sheikh_assim_al_hakeem_barred_from_speaking_at_sheffield_hallam_university_update_statement_from_sheffield_hallam_university_

[4] Ibid.

[5]http://www.studentrights.org.uk/article/1908/sheffield_hallam_islamic_society_replace_extremist_speaker_with_an_extremist_speaker_update_statement_from_sheffield_hallam_university_

[6] Ibid.

[7] Ibid.

[8] Ibid.

[9] Ibid.

[10]http://www.studentrights.org.uk/article/1948/dr_aafia_siddique_and_the_university_of_westminster_update_video_also_shared_at_warwick_bradford_and_sheffield_hallam_universities_

[11] http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/apr/26/guantanamo-files-aafia-siddiqui-alqaida

[12] Ibid.

[13]http://www.studentrights.org.uk/article/1950/islamia_village_and_it_s_intolerant_inhabitants_update_event_also_promoted_by_london_met_isoc_

[14] Ibid.

[15]http://www.studentrights.org.uk/article/1860/hamza_tzortzis_and_his_dirty_debating_tricks

[16] http://www.theweek.co.uk/uk-news/52973/islam-extremists-new-generation-british-universities-hamza-tzortzis

[17] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/7012827/Speaker-with-extremist-links-to-address-Detroit-bombers-former-student-group.html

[18] http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2010/jan/03/christmas-bombers-uk-links

[19] Ibid.

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