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Written by Student Rights on 7 August 2012 at 3pm

Adnan Rashid and IERA promoted to Cardiff University students

Last week Student Rights Researcher Rupert Sutton wrote for the Huffington Post about the way in which Da’wah events run by the Islamic Education and Research Academy (IERA) were being promoted to students at a number of UK universities.

This week Student Rights have found that an event featuring Adnan Rashid, an IERA lecturer, has been promoted to students at Cardiff University via the Facebook page of the university Islamic Society.

Called ‘The History and Struggle of the Burmese People’, tonight’s event is part of the Islamic History series at the Dar Ul-Isra in Cardiff and introduces Rashid as someone who “believes that Islam is a way of life which promotes modernity (in all of its positive manifestations) and provides realistic solutions for all problems facing mankind”.

As a researcher at the Hittin Institute, an organisation headed by Uthman Lateef, Rashid wrote that “the Islamic model supported by Shari’ah is a cohesive model that allows a diverse multitude of ethnicities to co-exist”.

He has also claimed that the West is attempting to target and denigrate Islam for political purposes, stating that “Islam’s legacy is deliberately hidden from the masses to justify the ongoing global persecution of the Muslims”.

Now appearing defunct, with the website no longer accessible, the Hittin Institute’s work aimed to promote the Islamist idea of religion as a holistic socio-political religious framework for governance.

This could be seen in the ‘About Us’ section of the website, which claimed that the organisationregards grossly erroneous any allusion to Islam's separating of politics with belief”.

Their output included a report by Rashid in which he wrote that “the Muslims...should be allowed to run the affairs of Palestine and other Islamic lands ensuring that the Islamic law is implemented comprehensively”.

 

It also included content produced by Hamza Tzortzis, a former Hizb ut-Tahrir member now heavily involved with IERA.

During his time with the organisation Tzortzis argued that the solutions for Western problems were “cohesive values” and that “these cohesive values must be the Islamic values and the workable solution is the Islamic Social Model”.

That students are being encouraged to attend an event featuring an IERA speaker just a week after we last wrote on the group also highlights the extent to which they are involved on campuses. 

Indeed, in our recent report ‘Challenging Extremists’ we found that over 75% of the speaker events catalogued by Student Rights included a speaker linked to either IERA or the Hittin Institute. 

While events which take place off-campus, as this one does, are not the responsibilities of universities, as the new academic year approaches there is no doubt that events involving IERA speakers will begin on campuses again.

When this happens universities need to be clear what their approach will be, and ready to work alongside their students to ensure that any events are open to public debate.