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Written by Student Rights on 3 March 2011 at 11am

LSE host 'rape legitimiser'

mufti1 This is a cross post by Mr Happy from Harry's Place Looks like the LSE is in the news for all the wrong reasons again. If it isn’t Libyan blood money, then it’s cosying up to the most odious of hate-preachers. For the committee of the London School of Economics’ Islamic Society’s 10th anniversary dinner, something special must have been ordered to mark the event. Speaking at the event is Muhammed Bin Adam Al-Kawthari, a vicious hate preacher. Al-Kawthari is known for his extreme views on women, marriage, sexuality and violent Jihad. From a website where you can post questions to him, he issues the following guidance for suitable punishments for those who commit adultery:

“If the crime of fornication is carried out by an individual who is sane, mature, Muslim and is married to a spouse who is also sane, mature, Muslim, and that their marriage is consummated, then the legal punishment is that he/she will be stoned to death (rajm). The Imam, witnesses and other Muslims would take part in the stoning.”

Hardly the moderate message you would expect coming from an Islamic Society. But there’s more. In a question asked to him about the need for a man to ask his wife permission for intercourse (no, I’m not making this up), he offers the following advice:

Imam al-Nawawi (Allah have mercy on him) states in his commentary on the Hadith of Abu Huraira stated above: This Hadith indicates that it is unlawful (haram) for the wife to refuse her husband for sexual intimacy without a valid reason. Menstruation will not be considered a valid reason, for the husband has a right to enjoy her from above the garment (on top of cloths).

If that’s ambiguous to you, then in his own words:

The above and other narrations of the beloved of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) clearly signify the importance of the wife obeying her husband in his request for sexual intimacy. It will be a grave sin (in normal circumstances) for the wife to refuse her husband, and even more, if this leads the husband into the unlawful.

What are his words if they aren’t an endorsement for marital rape? If his advice can get any more worrying (which it can), in a question asked to him ‘When is Jihad an Obligation to me?’, he offers the following:

“From the above we can conclude that Jihad in places like Kashmir is personally obligatory for the people of that land. My respected teacher Mufti Taqi Usmani once mentioned that the Jihad in Kashmir is defensive because it belongs to Pakistan according to the constitution on which Pakistan was formed. However if the people of Kashmir, Chechnya, etc. are not capable of defending themselves or if they are neglectful, then Jihad will become personally obligatory on the Muslims nearest them, e.g. Muslims of Pakistan. If they are also neglectful or weak, then the Muslims nearest them, and so forth, until it becomes personally obligatory for all the Muslims.”

The perfect recruitment ad for young British Muslims. The most wicked and evil of his words of advice are from his last sentence: “If they are also neglectful or weak, then the Muslims nearest them, and so forth, until it becomes personally obligatory for all the Muslims.” It’s a clear endorsement for British Muslims to fight in the so-called ‘defensive Jihad’. Rarely am I left speechless when fighting hate-preachers on University campus but words fail me here. This man will have an exclusive platform to himself and whilst this is all happening, there is no doubt young Muslims will put down their academic books and pick up his words of hate.

Note: On the website for the anniversary dinner, they claim Howard Davies, Director of LSE, is to speak after al-Kawthari. Apparently, this is not true.