Homophobic preacher invited to address students
With the new term barely started, Student Rights has found that a preacher criticised for virulent homophobia has already been invited to address students by Islamic Societies at two UK universities.
On 3rd October the Islamic Society at Salford University hosted an event in collaboration with the ‘Coordination Council of Islamic Societies’, a project of students at Salford, Manchester, and Manchester Metropolitan Universities.
This took place off-campus at the British Muslim Heritage Centre, and featured a speech by Dr Quick entitled ‘The Life and Legacy of Malcolm X’.
It was followed on October 5th by an event at Sheffield Hallam University called ‘Understanding Islam, Iman, Ihsan’, described as the Islamic Society’s “first lecture of 2013/2014”.
Hakim Quick was censured in 2003 after he stated on a television show called ‘Voices of Islam’ that:
• AIDS is caused by the “filthy practices” of homosexuals;
• Homosexuals are dropping dead from AIDS and “they want to take us all down with them”;
• The Islamic position on homosexuality is “death”;
• Homosexuals are “sick” and “not natural”;
• “Muslims are going to have to take a stand [against homosexuals] and it's not enough to call names”.
He has also been recorded stating “put my name in the paper, the punishment [for homosexuality] is death, and I’m not going to change this religion”.
In this video he can also be heard praying “May Allah clean and purify Masjid Al-Aqsa from the filth of the Yahud [Jews]. May Allah clean Afghanistan and Iraq, and all of the lands, from the filth of the kaffiroon”.
That students are inviting a man who has expressed such views to address their meetings should be of real concern, and is something that the universities in question should be investigating.
Compounding this is the fact that Dr Quick has not been a regular fixture on university campuses in the UK since a UK tour in 2010, and two events in quick succession suggest he may be booked to attend more events.
As such, Student Rights would urge university authorities to be aware of planned events, and to discuss his suitability as a speaker should Dr Quick be invited onto any other UK campuses.