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Written by Student Rights on 22 January 2014 at 12pm

Haitham Al-Haddad cancelled at London Met

Last night the London Metropolitan University Islamic Society held its first event of the year, discussing sin with Abu Ibrahim.

This event had originally been advertised along with a second due to take place next Monday. Called ‘Quran: A Book for Mankind’, the event was due to feature Haitham Al-Haddad as the speaker but was cancelled on the 10th January.

Haddad has a history of homophobia and misogyny, writing on “the scourge of homosexuality”, which he calls a “criminal act”, and claiming that “a man should not be questioned why he hit his wife, because this is something between them”.

He has also expressed support for brutal punishments for apostasy, declaring that the death penalty for apostasy “does make perfect sense”.

In addition to this, he has expressed rhetorical support for militant groups like Hamas, proscribed as a terrorist organisation in the UK.

London Metropolitan University has prevented Haddad from speaking on campus in the past, when a request for an event featuring the preacher alongside Uthman Lateef was declined.

If this is the case again, the university should be commended for ensuring invites to individuals with Haddad’s views are fully scrutinised.

The government’s recent task force report into challenging extremism highlighted the issue of speakers on campus as a particular issue, and it is encouraging to see London Met taking these concerns seriously.