Written by Student Rights on 28 February 2012 at 12pm

Westminster University students fight back

At the University of Westminster the fallout from the Global Ideas Society and Student Union statement regarding a cancelled event featuring the Hizb-ut-Tahrir speaker Jamal Harwood continues. In an article published by the Huffington post yesterday we outlined the false allegations of violence aimed at those students who had planned to confront Harwood’s ideas in debate. This has sparked a wider debate, including on the comments thread under a New Civilisation article written by Harwood.

Here at Student Rights we are very happy to see so many students taking Harwood and his supporters to task over these allegations, and one comment in particular is fantastic to see. The following screen shot shows a student called ‘Abdul Eid’ criticising the Global Ideas Society for their biased views and stating that he and many of his fellow Muslim students reject the Hizb-ut-Tahrir inspired views that they represent.

In his comment he states that "I am a Muslim and a student of University of Westminster. I disagree with HuT and their beliefs and my views represent a large proportion of Islamic student's views. In my opinion GIS' major issue is that it fails to explicitly declare it's Islamic bias. It's objectives fail to state this yet none of it's events are without that standpoint represented. It looks underhand and breeds suspicion. Global Ideas Society really represents and an idea globally. That is global Kalifah in line with HuT belief. I find the very thin veneer pointless at best and dishonest at worse [sic]. I am afraid it represents a front for an HuT society at the university - this would not be tolerated".  


However, he is not the only student working to counter these views, as a number of individuals have been posting our article in various Facebook groups including that run by the Global Ideas Society and the Student Union. They have then been actively challenging those who support both Harwood and the false statement made after his event was cancelled with debate and reasoned argument rather than the violence they were falsely accused of. 

This demonstrates what many have been saying, both at organisations like ours, as well as at other student groups over the past few years. A minority of students are using university societies to promote the views of extremist groups and individuals, to the detriment of their peers. Hopefully, this comment from 'Abdul Eid' and the wider fightback is a sign that those who oppose them are beginning to stand up and be counted.