Written by Student Rights on 24 October 2012 at 6pm

London Met ISOC's sectarian speaker event

When challenging extremism on campus, making university facilities unavailable to speakers is a step that can demonstrate that instituitions are serious in their commitment to confront intolerance and bigotry.

At London Metropolitan University, the authorities have used this power on a number of occasions to deny individuals the freedom to address students, yet it appears that this may have caused the Islamic Society to begin holding its events off-campus, where it can invite extremist speakers free from scrutiny.

This will be demonstrated tomorrow, as the society is holding an event entitled ‘Day of Arafah’ at the Holloway Mosque which will feature Dr Khalid Fikry as the speaker.

London Metropolitan University Islamic Society has hosted Dr Fikry at the Holloway Mosque before, in June 2012, and has also shared video of his speeches on several occasions.

Fikry is alleged to be the author of this tribute to Omar Abdul Rahmandescribed by terrorism expert Quintan Wiktorowicz as “the former mufti of Islamic Jihad and the Gamiyya Islamiyya who is currently serving a life sentence for conspiracy to commit terrorism in the United States”.

In it, the author states that Rahman was convicted as a result of “a false accusation and a political court” and that “all its witness were from the hired agents who have done their role, then the Jew Judge used laws that were dead and never used for hundreds of years to judge him”.

Virulently anti-Shia, Dr Fikry is also the founder of the sectarian ‘Society for the Defence of the Honour of Prophet Muhammad’.

In this video, produced by the extremist website Salafi Media, he can be seen declaring that the Shia are one of the worst and greatest enemies against our Ummah nowadays”.

Given his views on Shia, his invitation compounds the fact that only two days ago, the Islamic Society liked a deeply unpleasant sectarian Facebook page called ‘The Reality of Shia.

This declares that Shias are not Muslims” and that “We must expose the falsehood of this evil cult by all means possible, a cult that feeds off the blood of ahle sunnah wal jamaat [Sunni Islam]”.

It also declares that “we must destroy all false beliefs that were added into Islam after the death of the Prophet” and includes a number of extremely graphic images and videos, as well as a picture of Chechen militants with a comment stating “May Allah (SWT) grant all of them Janaat al Firdous [highest level of Paradise].

Such attitudes are utterly unacceptable on a university campus and a student society should know better than to endorse such a page or invite such a speaker.

Here at Student Rights we would urge London Metropolitan University to challenge their Islamic Society on this issue, and make them aware of their responsibilities towards campus cohesion.