Written by Student Rights on 25 June 2014 at 4am

FOSIS promotes webinar with Haitham Al-Haddad

Following our article on Monday which pointed out that the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) had previously planned to host Muhammad Al-Arifi, Student Rights has now found the group promoting an online webinar featuring Haitham Al-Haddad

Advertised by FOSIS on its Facebook page yesterday, and open to all Islamic Societies around the UK, the webinar is to be hosted by the group’s Irish chapter on Sunday 29 June.

This follows the recent ‘FOSIS Annual Conference’ which took place at Aston University over the weekend and featured Zahir Mahmood as a key speaker.

Haddad has been covered by Student Rights on many occasions, and has claimed that “a man should not be questioned why he hit his wife, because this is something between them”.

He has also argued that there is a proper way to carry out female genital mutilation, which is illegal in the UK.

In an article published by his online magazine Islam21C Haddad writes that “the scourge of homosexuality” is a “criminal act”, and he has also suggested the death penalty for apostasy “does make perfect sense”.

When criticised for these views, he says that there is a “smear campaign conducted by the British Zionist lobby” against him.

Further evidence of FOSIS’ sustained failure to effectively challenge extremism, this is something which the organisation has been taken to task for on numerous occasions.

The group regularly claims that those who raise the issue of extremist speakers being invited onto campuses are ‘demonising’ students or whipping up Islamophobia.

Until it stops inviting individuals like Mahmood to speak at its events, or promoting online seminars featuring extremists like Haddad, these claims will likely fall on increasingly deaf ears.