November 1, 2013
Hundreds of students at Queen Mary University in London, braved the rain today to pray outside, in protest against what they claim is inadequate resources for Muslims on their Mile End campus. It was their second ‘prayer protest’ in two weeks, with the student union counting 350 demonstrators last Friday.
Previously, the college’s 20-year-old Islamic Society had been able to book several large communal spaces for congregational Friday prayers. But from the start of this academic year, students have been told the rooms are unavailable. Principal Professor Simon Gaskell suggested students attend local mosques for the mass prayer, and denied any change in policy adding that the facilities are unavailable due to demand.
The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/student/news/muslim-students-pray-in-the-rain-after-queen-mary-university-denies-them-access-to-facilities-8918293.html
The University of London has cancelled the appearance of a speaker from an Islamic group that opposes democracy and integration into British society.
A representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir was due to appear at Queen Mary college in east London to debate shari’a law in the modern world. But the group was told it could not take part after students campaigned about its “blatantly aggressive” views. The university’s union said the debate organizers acted to avoid controversy.
Hizb ut-Tahrir has previously said “those who believe in democracy are Kafir” [unbelievers] and said it was “dangerous” for Muslims to integrate into British society. A leaflet displayed on its website once urged Muslims to “kill [Jews] wherever you find them”. Hizb ut-Tahrir’s UK spokesmen deny links to terrorism and say the group, which is a legal organisation in the UK, opposes violence.