StandforPeace believes Zahir Mahmood to be an apologist for terrorism – a dangerous extremist and a supremacist.
He is obsessed with telling young people about death. “People are asleep, only when they die they wake up“, he told the very same UCL Islamic Society inviting him. “Only when you die, you realise … the dunya [an Islamic term for the earthly world, or just reality to you and I] was deception.”
This obsession with death is characteristic of Islamic hate preachers. We’ve seen it before. Jalal Ibn Saeed, another hate preacher who has been hosted by UCL ISoc, joyfully told a packed audience at an event “A sudden death is a problem … A believer wants a slow death, sweat, [let it] build up, let me feel everything“. The words are harrowing to read. Just imagine if this is the only Islamic education you receive at University. Sadly, this is often the case for many Muslim students away from home.
Back to Mahmood, at a talk to an audience, Mahmood calls the terrorist group Hamas “freedom fighters“(if you look carefully, you can see disgraced former MP George Galloway smirking away). Hamas is a terrorist group and is recognised as such by the EU, United States, Canada, Jordan and Japan to name a few.
According to Yale Law School, the Hamas charter clearly endorses a disputed saying of the Prophet (ahadith) endorsing genocide on Jews: “The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.” Mahmood uses the Arab-Israeli conflict to portray the idea that the conflict is a battle between Muslims and non-Muslims.
For Mahmood, the idea of Muslims living a fully integrated life is truly shocking. He castigates an audience on the idea of assimilating to the British way of life. For moderate, integrated Muslims, Mahmood complains that “Knowingly or unknowingly, many of us give preference to our nationality over our Islamic identity … and that is the reality of it“. You read that correctly. Mahmood rubbishes the idea that a good Muslim is one who can be at peace with his faith and his identity; Mahmood seeks ultimate supremacy of religion over his duties as a citizen. For him, being a Muslim is not only a faith but a political ideology.