Written by Student Rights on 22 February 2013 at 7pm

Students protesting prayer room closure promote Hizb ut-Tahrir speaker

Today it was reported that the Muslim Prayer Room at City University has been closed as students have refused to submit their sermons to the university authorities in order to give them an idea of content.

Opposing this decision is Wasif Sheikh, a spokesman for Muslim Voices on Campus (MVOC), a group formed in November when the ban was first put in place by the university.


Sheikh has been quoted as stating that “when you start submitting your sermons to be monitored and scrutinised then there's a chance for it to be dictated what's allowed and what's not allowed. We, as students, don't accept that”.

On the group’s Facebook page they have stated today that they feel that “there is a presumption of guilt that Muslim students are about to say something illegal & inciting” and that “we believe an atmosphere of 'guilty until proven innocent' has been created about Muslim students at university”.

This group would have a more successful case if four days before this story was passed to the BBC it had not promoted an event taking place at the university on 21st February called ‘What Truly Liberates Women?’ held by the university’s Perception Society, stating on Twitter “The BIG debate is finally here!!

One of the speakers at this event was Shohana Khan, described as a “freelance journalist” by the societies in their promotional video, and as a “London based freelance writer” on the event poster at the end of the video.

In fact, Ms Khan is the Women’s Deputy Media Representative for the extremist Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, and is described as such on both the official Hizb ut-Tahrir website, as well as on Twitter by her superior Nasreen Nawaz, Hizb ut-Tahrir’s Women’s Media Representative.

Hizb ut-Tahrir are barred from operating on campuses by the National Union of Students’ 'No Platform Policy', along with the British National Party and the National Front.

Student Rights director Raheem Kassam said:

That Muslim Voices on Campus promoted an event featuring a speaker from an extremist organisation just days before taking a story of persecution to the national media should be seen as the height of hypocrisy.

Universities have a duty of care to protect their students, and the decision by City University to stand up to students intent on promoting extremist views should be applauded”.