UK university closes Muslim prayer room after preachers call for death to apostates, Sharia punishments
City University in London has been accused of discrimination by a group of Muslim students after it started locking a room used for Friday prayers.
A group of students have formed Muslim Voices on Campus, calling on the university to reverse its decision.
The group said it was being “unjustly targeted”.
City said it acted because students had refused to submit the proposed content of sermons to the university before prayers to check its “appropriateness”.
Wasif Sheikh, who leads the group, said: “We feel we are being unjustly targeted. All of our sermons are open, we welcome all students and all staff.
“But when you start submitting your sermons to be monitored and scrutinised then there’s a chance for it to be dictated what’s allowed and what’s not allowed. We, as students, don’t accept that.”…
In one sermon, which was recorded, the speaker said: “The Islamic state teaches to cut the hand of the thief. Yes it does. And it also teaches us to stone the adulterer.
“When they tell us that, the Islamic state tells us and teaches us to kill the apostate, yes it does.”
BBC London has seen no evidence those views are still being spread now, but some argue the episode shows the need for greater scrutiny….
That sermon was from three years ago, but why wouldn’t such views still be spread now? Does BBC London really expect these Muslims to go against the Qur’an, which teaches that the thief’s hand should be amputated (5:38) and that apostates should be put to death (4:89)? Do they expect them to go against the words of Muhammad, who said that anyone who leaves Islam should be killed (Bukhari 9.84.57) and that adulterers should be stoned to death (Bukhari 4.56.829)?
The challenge faced by many universities is how to deal with any potential extremism threat, without being seen to restrict freedom of speech.
Laughable sentence, in light of the general unwillingness of universities to allow anyone to be heard who deviates from their Leftist line.