Written by Student Rights on 14 February 2014 at 1pm

Hamza Tzortzis and IERA's Dawah training workshops

Across the UK today many students will be attending Valentine’s Day themed events held by student societies or unions.

At the Queen Mary University School of Medicine and Dentistry however the Islamic Education and Research Academy’s (IERA) Hamza Tzortzis will be speaking on Islam and science.

Barred from operating at University College London (UCL) in March 2013 after attempts to segregate the audience by gender, members of IERA have excused domestic violence and supported the return of execution for ‘fornication’.

Tzortzis himself has been criticised for declaring of apostates “if someone’s going to fight against the community they should be killed”, and that beheading is painless.

He has also been recorded saying that “we as Muslims reject the idea of freedom of speech, and even the idea of freedom” and that “those who claim that making homosexuality a criminal act is wrong are totally inconsistent”.

It appears that this event is one of a campus tour, echoing that carried out by Tzortzis in both 2013 and 2012.

Starting in Ireland at University College Cork on Wednesday, the full list of events is yet to be released, but Tzortzis is booked to speak at the University of Essex on 15 February and Dundee on the 18th.

This follows a large number of Dawah training courses run by IERA in past weeks, including at Queen Mary; Bradford; City; and Brunel universities, with another due to take place at the University of Surrey on the 16th February.

That IERA and its speakers find it so easy to access student audiences should be noted by university authorities, and here at Student Rights we hope that they will ensure that members of staff are present at any of Tzortzis’ upcoming tour events.