Written by Student Rights on 11 January 2013 at 2pm

London Met ISOC and the promotion of Murtaza Khan

Yesterday Student Rights released an info-graphic which demonstrated how events featuring extremist preachers were promoted to students through social media during 2012.

Today will see one of those events take place, as Murtaza Khan speaks on the subject of ‘Death’ at the Islamic Da’wah Centre in Manor Park, an event promoted by London Metropolitan University (London Met) Islamic Society on 31st December.

Khan’s extreme views have been highlighted by Student Rights on a number of occasions in the past, as he is frequently invited to address student societies across the country.

He was filmed in 2007 asking his audience “for how long do we have to see our mothers, sisters and daughters having to uncover themselves before these filthy non-Muslim doctors?” and has said of Jews and Christians that “people are still not waking up to understand the fact that these people are enemies towards us”.

He has also claimed that homosexuality is an “abominable action which goes against humanity” and that the correct punishment for such acts is death, whilst also stating that the mandated punishments for fornication are flogging and stoning, “though we know that we’re not living in the Sharia at the moment so these things cannot be enforced”.

Khan’s message of “the dangers of amalgamation” appear to have found a ready audience within the Islamic Society, with a video of Khan shared on the 9th January accompanied by a message warning “First week back to uni and i've already seen some shocking stuff from brothers and sisters. Wallahi the fitnah [problem] of free mixing is a serious issue that many of us look down upon. Please watch this”.

Compounding this, the London Met Islamic Society has not simply restricted itself to promoting an off-campus event featuring Khan, or using his sermons to illustrate its attempts to order members not to spend time with women.

In February 2012 the society tried to host Khan on the campus at London Met before being told by the university that he would not be able to attend due to “room booking problems”.

As a result the society simply moved the event off-campus to the nearby Holloway Road Masjid and continued to encourage young Muslims to attend, telling one individual who was unsure about joining the society “Come to our event this Friday[...]Murtaza Khan will be giving a lecture...if you don’t know about him check him out on YouTube”.

Starting the New Year in similar fashion, on the 8th January the society shared a calendar of Khan’s events until June 2013, accompanying it with a message saying “Find out where Shaykh Murtaza Khan will be leading Jumu'ah [Friday prayer]”.

As well as this, on 6th January a video of Khan giving part one of a series of lectures was also shared by the society, with a message attached saying “I’ll try posting every part of this series when it comes out inshaAllah”.

That the society is so willing to promote the material of a preacher with such views should be of concern to the university, particularly given the group's previous record of inviting hate preachers and promoting sectarianism.

Here at Student Rights we hope that the university authorities will discuss this issue in depth with those students responsible for the Islamic Society Facebook page, and that they make clear that material such as this has no place on a university campus.