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Posted on Sep 27, 2013

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Aston University


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,[1] and twice in 2013.[2] In 2007, Lateef told an audience at Queen Mary College, “We [Muslims] don’t accept homosexuality … We hate it because Allah hates it”.[3] 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),[4] and has links to the Muslim Prisoner Support Group, whose trustees have included two convicted terrorists.[5] Lateef urges Muslims not to cooperate with the police or security services, even in cases where there is a threat to national security.[6]

Haitham al-Haddad[7] is a member of the Islamic Sharia Council in Leyton.[8] 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.[9] When asked whether the death penalty for apostasy is appropriate, Haddad replied, “from my angle, it does make perfect sense”.[10] 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.[11]

Murtaza Khan[12] 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.”[13] He also advocates the death penalty for homosexuals,[14] and has called non-Muslims “filthy”.[15]

Moazzam Begg[16] 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.[17] 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.[18] The Sunday Times has described Begg as “Britain’s most famous supporter of the Taliban”.[19]

Zahir Mahmood[20] is a Hamas supporter who has described the genocidal Palestinian terror cult as “freedom fighters [who are] defending their country”.[21] He urges Muslims not to integrate into British society.[22]

Abu Salahudeen has addressed students at Aston University on at least three occasions; twice in 2012,[23] and once in 2013.[24] 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.”[25] He also believes that “the Jews” are a “major influence within the media”.[26] 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”.[27]


















[18] Ibid.







[25] Ibid.

[26] Ibid.

[27] Ibid.

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