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Written by Student Rights on 7 February 2012 at 12pm

Goldsmiths Debate to Feature Hizb-ut-Tahrir Sympathiser

Tomorrow evening the Goldsmiths University Islamic Society will be hosting an event entitled ‘Is There Rational Proof for Belief in a Creator’, a two on two panel debate between atheists and Muslims. One of the individuals speaking for Islam will be Hassan Choudhury, something which is a concern to Student Rights given both his views and connections.

A brief examination of his blog provides a wealth of evidence of his radical views, the most damning of which is a post expressing support for violent jihadist Anwar Al-Awlaki. In this he declares of jihad “I don’t know about you, but I prefer Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki’s view to Yasir Qadhi’s”. He has also posted links to an Al-Awlaki video on his blog, as well as on his Facebook page and his twitter feed.

Added to this is his apparent support for members of Hizb-ut-Tahrir (HT), something that can be seen in his frequent retweeting of influential HT activists. These include the Chairman of the group’s Executive Committee Abdul Wahid, its UK Media Representative Taji Mustafa and its Australian spokesman Uthman Badar.  He has also posted material from the HT website on his blog, as well as sharing a talk by the group on Facebook and writing for the HT influenced online magazine New Civilisation.

He has written for Al-Junnah, an Islamist political magazine which sources material from Hizb-ut-Tahrir, claims that “it is forbidden to send children to schools of the Kuffar, which teach the Kufr thoughts and beliefs” and that US troops have “lined the front and back bumpers of their Skyper [sic]vehicles with candy as bait so they can run over the naive Afghan children”.He also uses his blog to link to Khilafah.com, another Islamist website which states that “there is a civilisational difference between Islam and the West and that the problem for the West is Islam and the problem for Islam is the West”.

For someone who is being asked to speak opposite a secular opposition, his views on the matter are not only uncompromising but offensive. In a blog post in February 2011 he stated that “the signs of change towards Islam include the secularists being fiercely shouted down when they attack Islam to the point they feel cowered by the public opinion and atmosphere against them...the people have changed for the better, alHamdullillaah. Ask any dirty Arab secularist.” Considering the violent threats made against an Atheist, Secularist and Humanist meeting at Queen Mary on 16th January, giving a man who holds these views a platform is dangerously negligent of the Goldsmiths Islamic Society.

That an individual who holds these views and associations should be presented as a mainstream voice of Islam is simply absurd. Here at Student Rights we will be making our feelings known to the Islamic Society at Goldsmiths as well as contacting the university authorities to ask them why a man with such obvious links to radical Islamism was cleared to speak on their campus.