Written by Student Rights on 12 October 2011 at 2pm

'Master of Death Cult' arrives at Loughborough University

every-soul-shall-taste-death-by-jalal-ibn-saeed-4011362-0-1294149072000There is nothing more depressing than a chat with Jalal ibn Saeed. So why Loughborough University would want their young students, to hear the gloom and doom of a man whose mind is married to the morbid, is worth thinking over. It must be admitted that Saeed is an interesting character.

He has after all, gone to great lengths on modelling himself on the Cowardly Lion from the Wizard of Oz. Perhaps, it is this resemblance to that classic character which makes him attractive. We would advise them to consider some of his previous statements, for this is an individual who could at the end of a good night, have his audience staring at cemetery gates and counting down to the end times. Saeed is a man who has formed the bulk of his reputation preaching about misery and death. It is where he has found his niche.

His scheduled two and a half hour talk at Loughborough University on the 20th October includes uplifting topics such as death, punishment of the grave and the day of judgement. It must be added that he is not always downcast. He does occasionally smile, such as when he is recounting the death of a friend.

Not that he is keen on having friends or much else: “Some ask, what do you mean? Stop everything I am doing? Don’t eat? Don’t live? Don’t have fun? Don’t play games? Don’t enjoy? Don’t eat? Don’t sleep? Don’t get married? Don’t have children? Don’t buy a house, a car? Just worship? The answer is yes. The answer is yes. If one was sincere, one would not ask such a question. One would say, yes, he is my Lord, what does he want me to do? I will do what he wants me to do, his bidding.”

He is, after all, a man who thinks differently. Who could forget this classic counter to common sense: 'A Good death is a slow death’. Followed up by the slightly disturbing discovery that he would ideally like his own death and those of other believers, to express elements of the erotic and sadomasochistic: ‘a believer wants a slow death, take his time, sweat, build up, let me feel everything’. In those very rare moments when Saeed is not talking about death, his views do not get any less strange.

For example he is no fan of social integration, but he has his reasons: “We selfishly live like the Jews, who only care about themselves and call the rest a goyim, those who are damned. Those who are enslaved to them.” Well at least he can say the word Jews. Israel is a word lost in Mr Saeed's vocabulary or a place missing in his atlas: 'Where is Lod? Yeah, Palestine. We don’t say the other word. The occupied territories.'

For Saeed, it is not all bad. There are some people who do have the right idea: 'The Taliban were coming into Kabul, they took Kabul, all or most of the country, no bloodshed, because everybody wanted that pathway. And they still do, which is Islam, sharia, etcetera.' Radicalisation is a huge problem on university campuses across Britain. Inviting speakers who preach a toxic mixture of misery, segregation and morbidity will only exacerbate the problem. Loughborough University must ensure that it does not allow speakers such as Jalal ibn Saeed, a platform from which he can preach his perverse philosophy.

By W Janjua