Written by Student Rights on 1 June 2010 at 12pm

An open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron

It was reported this weekend that 'preacher of hate' Zakir Naik will begin a tour of the UK unless immediate action is taken by the UK Home Office to stop his entry into Britain. In response to this, Student Rights Director Raheem Kassam has written an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, urging Naik to be banned from entry into the UK.  A petition can be signed here and a video of Mr. Naik is available underneath the text.

Dear Prime Minister, It has been brought to my attention that the Home Office is currently assessing the situation regarding Zakir Naik, who has been described as an 'Islamist hate-preacher and truth-twister'. I am writing to express my deep concern that this individual may be allowed entry to the UK in order to promote and glorify acts of terrorism -- causing far reaching implications within the already divided Muslim community in the United Kingdom.

A few examples of Mr. Naik's preaching reveal him to be a sympathiser with Osama Bin Laden.  He stated, "If [Osama Bin Laden] is terrorising Americans... then I am with him" while also asserting that "Every Muslim should be a terrorist." Given your previous stated desire to combat this form of extremism and your voting record regarding opposition to incitement to terror in the United Kingdom, I urge you to act immediately and decisively to set a precedent. It must be made clear that the UK will not tolerate extremism and that we will do our utmost to promote plurality and peace in a modern, multi-ethnic Britain.

Yours sincerely, Raheem Kassam


A video showing Zakir Naik speaking in late 2006 can be found here: