Written by Student Rights on 25 September 2012 at 5pm

The Global Ideas Society and Hizb ut-Tahrir

The Global Ideas Society at the University of Westminster has been featured on this blog a number of times in the past because of its support for extremism and intolerance. 

Recently, the head of the group has written in support of Dr Aafia Siddique, the Al-Qaeda facilitator convicted of attempted murder in 2010, declaring that he was “happy to be supporting my Muslim sister and will continue to highlight the injustice of the American and Pakistani government in her abhorrent treatment”.

During the recent disturbances in the Arab world over the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ film, he also wroteUS embassy in Yemen stormed and flags of Islam raised above it. Lebanon became the third. Yemen the fourth. No they haven’t killed anyone yet, so don’t go apologising for them” two days after Ambassador Christopher Stephens and three of his staff were killed in Benghazi.


In March 2012 the society hosted Jamal Harwood, a senior member of the extremist Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT) at a talk entitled ‘Economic Future: The Real Solutions’.

At this event a Jewish student was jeered and heckled for asking Harwood to condemn anti-Semitic literature found on a Hizb ut-Tahrir website which readO Muslim Armies! Teach the Jews a lesson after which they will need no further lessons. March forth to fight them, eradicate their entity and purify the earth of their filth”.

Despite facing criticism from students for inviting a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir to speak, and for regularly sharing Islamist material via Facebook, the group is still allowing its social media to be used to promote Hizb ut-Tahrir events.

This Saturday, Global Ideas Society students have been invited to attend an event at the Water Lily in East London called ‘Defending the Honour of Rasool Allah’.

Organised in response to the US YouTube video ‘Innocence of Muslims’, the event will include speeches from senior Hizb ut-Tahrir members Taji Mustafa and Kamal Abu Zahra. 

The fact that a student group is still openly allowing the promotion of an event organised by a group which the Prevent strategy specific universities and colleges (notably those with a large number of Muslim students) with the objective of radicalising and recruiting students” is deeply concerning.

We have raised our concerns with the University of Westminster in the past, and will do so again, until they appreciate that dealing with this issue will require stronger action for repeat offenders, including potential disaffiliation for societies that regularly share extremist material.