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Written by Student Rights on 11 October 2013 at 12pm

Students book extremist cleric for fortnightly class

With the new university term just weeks old, Student Rights has found that the Islamic Society at Kingston University has organised a series of fortnightly classes on the Fiqh of Salah featuring Dr Khalid Fikry, with the first scheduled to take place last night.

Dr Fikry is a virulently sectarian speaker who has declared that "Shia are of the worst and greatest enemies against our Ummah nowadays”, and that they believe “killing the Sunni is to raise your rank in Paradise, raping a Sunni woman is a matter that pleases Allah”.

The effect this rhetoric could potentially have on students can be seen in the fact that, just days after he was invited to speak at London Metropolitan University in October 2012, the Islamic Society ‘liked’ a Facebook page called ‘Reality of Shia’, later removed by Facebook.

This deeply bigoted page claimed that Shias are not Muslims” and urged that “we must destroy all false beliefs that were added into Islam after the death of the Prophet”.

In addition to his sectarian beliefs however, Dr Fikry has also shown regular rhetorical support for convicted terrorists, and wrote this tribute in 2011 to Omar Abdul Rahman, “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 this, Fikry states that he spent time with Rahman in prison in Egypt, and 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”.

Dr Fikry has also attended events held outside Belmarsh Prison in support of Muslim prisoners held there, and has attacked the detention of Abu Hamza Al-Masri, convicted of soliciting to murder in 2006, Khalid Al-Fawwaz, Osama Bin Laden’s UK spokesman, and Abu Qatada.

He has also called for Muslims to do everything in their power to release the Al-Qaeda facilitator Dr Aafia Siddique, convicted of attempted murder in the US in 2010 after she was arrested in possession of notes referring to mass-casualty attacks and a pen-drive referring to recruitment and training.

Siddique made a number of anti-Semitic statements during her trial, writing that Jews are “cruel, ungrateful, back-stabbing people” and that “they masterminded 9/11, and I have proof of that...there are attacks being planned against America, big wars being planned, and they are involved in it”.

In addition to this, Dr Fikry was also filmed in December 2012 making notes outside of the Global Peace and Unity Conference about the “evil people” inside who were claiming that “democracy is Islam” and allowing inter-faith and gender mixing, as well as music and comedy.

That students can arrange a regular course of events on campus with a man like Dr Fikry is deeply concerning, and here at Student Rights we would urge the university to reconsider its decision to allow the course to go ahead to avoid giving his extreme views legitimacy.