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Written by Student Rights on 23 September 2014 at 9am

Uthman Lateef invited to Oxford Brookes

With Freshers’ Weeks underway across the UK many universities are seeing societies hold their first socials this week.

At one university however, the first major event of the term is one featuring a speaker Student Rights has written about on a number of occasions.

Oxford Brookes University Islamic Society has chosen to invite Dr Uthman Lateef, the director of the Hittin Institute, to address new students.

Given that Lateef has attacked those promoting “a democratic Islam” and has warned against “teaching the way of the disbelievers, of the kuffar, this should concern the university and student union.  

In March 2014 he reportedly told a student journalist at the University of Nottingham that “...we are not homophobic, we just hate homosexual acts” when challenged on past homophobia.

In a previous incident he had been recorded claiming “we don’t accept homosexuality...we hate it because Allah hates it”.

This is not the first time Dr Lateef has been invited onto campus by the Islamic Society at Oxford Brookes either, with a talk he gave on Saladin going ahead in March 2014.

Here at Student Rights we hope that the student union and university are aware of the nature of the speaker that has been invited in a week when many students are at their most vulnerable.  

Following criticism of student journalists who opposed Lateef’s homophobia at the University of Nottingham in March we also hope that they stress the importance of allowing challenge to his views to the Islamic Society.