What kind of revolution, FOSIS?
Over the last year, the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) has excused hate speakers across UK campuses. They claim these Islamists offer 'legitimate criticism' and have spoken of their appreciation for 'free' discourse. This week, we see FOSIS ramping up their efforts on campuses with more egregious speakers invited to preach to impressionable students - without balanced panels and without the 'free' debate they so often hide their guests behind.
On the FOSIS London calendar, we can see that their 'Isoc Revolution' event took place at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) last week. With very little information about the event besides 'equipping Islamic societies to build a mini-Ummah on campuses' - we thought we'd try and find out just what kind of revolution FOSIS are planning.
SOAS Islamic Society hosted Muhammed Al-Shareef just yesterday at 'The Leadership Attitude'. Due to these events being so close in time (just a week apart) and on the very same campus, we'll use this as an example. The audience will of course be similar at both events. Again, with very few details about what the speaker will be discussing, we're left to do some digging ourselves about Muhammed Al-Shareef and draw conclusions from his previous speeches.
This leads us to the AlMaghrib Institute, founded by Al-Shareef and providing speakers such as Abdullah Hakim Quick, described by AlMaghrib as, "one of our greatest additions to the AlMaghrib Instructor lineup, an addition that has grabbed the attention of people worldwide." We're not surprised. Al-Shareef and Hakim Quick have some pretty attention grabbing views. Perhaps this is the revolution that FOSIS are so insistent upon - so much so that they bring in Al-Shareef for their leadership training courses. Here are some quick snippets of what you can expect from these 'AlMaghribis'
Muhammed AlShareef "If people hear about a lecture like this at the masjid [mosque], they would say “homophobic”. Correct? They’re like “oh my God, they’re a bunch of homophobic people”. And I thought to myself, that’s an amazing word to be called. Alhamdulillah [praise to God] that you’re homophobic. When I was in high school, studying in journalism class, our teacher had placed on the wall a statement that I spent many days contemplating. It simply said, “Freedom of the press (speech) belongs to those that own the press!” Who owns the press? Well, you can believe me when I say that it is not the god fearing beloved of Allâh. It is this same press that molds and programs the aqeedah of a huge section of our Ummah. Many of our brothers and sisters are illiterate to the words of Allâh and the guidance of Rasul Allâh – sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, so it is with little doubt that their ideas are subconsciously molded by what Seinfeld tells them at 8 pm every Wednesday evening. Homophobia means a fear of homosexuality. Alhamdulillah we have a fear of homosexuality. And then they will say it as if it is a derogatory term, but in fact it is a praiseworthy term. The Qur’ân tells us of snakes in the grass that bit the Jews. Allâh tells us this so that we may take warning of what led them to evoke Allâh’s anger and not be bitten by the same snake."
Abdullah Hakim Quick "They said “what is the Islamic position [on homosexuality]?” And I told them. Put my name in the paper. The punishment is death. And I’m not going to change this religion." Sheikh Abdullah Hakim Quick is on record as preaching that AIDS is caused by the “filthy practices” of homosexuals, that homosexuals are dropping dead from AIDS and “they want to take us all down with them” and that “Muslims are going to have to take a stand [against homosexuals] and it’s not enough to call names” (this last point comes perilously close to an implied threat of violence). [source: The Spittoon blog]
Yasir Qadhi, another Al Maghrib Insitute instructor, has also declared some virulently homophobic views which can be seen in the video below:
We needn't say more. It begs the question which is the title of this post. What kind of revolution do FOSIS envisage? If it's anything to do with these speakers (which it is) then there are some serious questions to be asked of the FOSIS committee... if only we knew who they were. (Link page blank at the time of posting). Remember, this is the same organisation that attacked the British government decision to ban a speaker who recently endorsed Osama Bin Laden and claimed that 'every Muslim should be a terrorist'.
N.B. It appears you can attempt to purchase their ISOC 101 guide in eBook format, but the link simply takes us through to a very apt page. "Fatal failure" indeed.