Written by Student Rights on 4 December 2012 at 5pm

Global Ideas Society continue to promote Hizb ut-Tahrir speakers

Here at Student Rights we have written about the Global Ideas Society at the University of Westminster on a number of occasions, most recently on the 23rd October when a speaker claimed that several convicted criminals had been targeted for no reason other than their faith.

The society’s connections to the extremist Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT), an organisation ‘No-Platformed’ by the National Union of Students (NUS), were also detailed in the Student Rights report ‘Challenging extremists: Practical frameworks for our universities’.

Since then the head of the society has encouraged members to buy tickets to the HT Annual Conference, tweetingfor tickets please let me know!” and has promoted events including senior Hizb ut-Tahrir members Taji Mustafa and Kamal Abu Zahra. 


On Thursday this affiliation with a group which the Prevent strategy stated “ specific universities and colleges (notably those with a large number of Muslim students) with the objective of radicalising and recruiting students” is set to continue.

The Global Ideas Society will be hosting Adnan Khan, a senior member of HT, who will speak on the topic of how Pakistan can continue to care for its growing population. Khan previously spoke at the university on the 25th October, giving a talk entitled ‘Turkey could end the Syria crisis in a day’.

This talk focused on the ability of the Turkish armed forces to intervene militarily in Syria, as well as on the way in which the West is attempting to co-opt the uprising in Syria for its own gains, and demonstrated many of the traditional HT messages of Western complicity in any problems faced by Muslim countries.

Khan’s writings can regularly be found in the HT magazine ‘Khilafah’, as well as on the Islamist website, which states that “it is only by the establishment of the Khilafah State, that the practical solutions of Islam can once again provide a real alternative for the entire world”. 

He has also written for the online journal New Civilisation, run by senior HT members including the current Executive Chairman Dr Abdul Wahid and the HT economist Jamal Harwood, himself a guest of the Global Ideas Society back in March 2012.

During this event Harwood refused to condemn an HT statement that which declared “O 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”.

That the Global Ideas Society is able to invite an HT speaker onto campus without challenge on two occasions in the past two months highlights the extent to which the organisation appears to have a free rein to operate on the campus.

It also further demonstrates the way in which the Global Ideas Society continually operates to promote HT ideology to students, despite its stated aim to be a “forum for critical examination of mainstream and emerging thoughts and philosophies that have had or are likely to have an impact on society and culture”.

In the ‘Challenging Extremists’ report we provided a number of recommendations to universities, one of which focused on how to deal with the use of ‘front groups’ by extremist organisations like HT.

The continued promotion of HT by the Global Ideas Society should at least spur the University of Westminster into investigating the group, and we will be calling on them to ensure that just such action is taken.