In recent years, guest speakers at Aston University have included Uthman Lateef, Haitham al-Haddad, Murtaza Khan, Moazzam Begg, Zahir Mahmood and Abu Salahudeen.
Uthman Lateef has addressed students at Aston University on at least four occasions; twice in 2010, and twice in 2013. In 2007, Lateef told an audience at Queen Mary College, “We [Muslims] don’t accept homosexuality … We hate it because Allah hates it”. He is also known to have been an active supporter of terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki (before the al-Qaeda cleric was killed in a US drone strike), and has links to the Muslim Prisoner Support Group, whose trustees have included two convicted terrorists. Lateef urges Muslims not to cooperate with the police or security services, even in cases where there is a threat to national security.
Haitham al-Haddad is a member of the Islamic Sharia Council in Leyton. This council has ruled that “the angels’ curses are upon those [women] who do not respond to husbands sexual needs because the purpose of a woman is to fulfil that and for that they are made in order to produce offspring,” thereby demeaning women and legitimising marital rape. When asked whether the death penalty for apostasy is appropriate, Haddad replied, “from my angle, it does make perfect sense”. He also believes that female genital mutilation is “acceptable”, and that the Jews are “the descendents of apes and pigs” and the “eternal enemies” of Islam.
Murtaza Khan is a 9/11 Truther who has said, “We [Muslims] did not take down the Twin Towers. You [non-Muslims] yourselves took them down. So in your disguise of ‘war on terror’, you will kill your own people, because you don’t care about them.” He also advocates the death penalty for homosexuals, and has called non-Muslims “filthy”.
Moazzam Begg is an ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee who now runs a terrorist support group known as CagePrisoners. Begg has admitted that he was responsible for “small arms and mountain tactics” at a number of al-Qaeda training camps (to which he also sent money) on the Afghan-Pakistani border, and that he fought alongside jihadists in Bosnia. To this day, he campaigns for the release of fellow terrorist and Guantanamo detainee Shaker Aamer, whom Begg himself had previously claimed was a “recruiter” for al-Qaeda. The Sunday Times has described Begg as “Britain’s most famous supporter of the Taliban”.
Zahir Mahmood is a Hamas supporter who has described the genocidal Palestinian terror cult as “freedom fighters [who are] defending their country”. He urges Muslims not to integrate into British society.
Abu Salahudeen has addressed students at Aston University on at least three occasions; twice in 2012, and once in 2013. Salahudeen is an extremist who promotes the narrative that the West is waging a war of extermination against Muslims and Islam; from that premise, he concludes that Muslims “must stand up and defend ourselves … Maybe we have to go down the bloody route.” He also believes that “the Jews” are a “major influence within the media”. Salahudeen has stated on his Facebook page that he rejects “democracy and man-made law”, supports “jihad against occupiers” and believes that “all innovations are bad”.