Homophobic hate preachers set to gather in York

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 14 August 2012, 09:24

In just under a fortnight, over the August Bank holiday weekend, Thorpe Underwood Estate in York will play host to the Islamia Village, a weekend retreat organised by the Islamic Network Project. According to its advertising literature the Islamia Village is a four day retreat which “combine incredible lectures with amazing recreational activities you get a truly breathtaking Islamic experience. Learn, relax, and be inspired in peaceful Islamic surroundings. Islamia Village is a dream come true, a hidden gem in the heart of the countryside.”

The range of activities in such a setting does seem truly impressive, that is until you look a bit more closely into some of the speakers set to address the event. Among them are several who preach extreme hatred against homosexuals, including calls for them to be killed.

They include Murtaza Khan, who has described homosexuality as an “abominable action which goes against humanity” and stated that the correct punishment for such acts is death. Also speaking will be Assim Al-Hakeem who holds equally hostile views to homosexuality. His website also calls for ‘apostates’ – those who abandon a religion – to be killed. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Assim Al-Hakeem was banned from three University campuses earlier this year.

Another speaker at the event is Abu Usamah At-Thahabi, who has also said that the punishment for homosexuality should be death. Hate seems to run through much of his preachings and he too has called for Muslims who renounce their religion to be killed “in the Islamic state”. On non-Muslims he has said: “We hate the people of the kufr (non-Muslims). We hate the kuffar.”

Finally there is Abuz Zubair, who suggests that those Muslims who believe in evolution should be killed. Responding to a Muslim who articulated support for evolution, Abuz Zubair said “the call to evolution is a call to kufr and apostasy”. He went on to quote a fatwa of Ibnal-Uthaymeen which stated that someone who teaches evolution “should be stopped by any means necessary even if it means his execution” and that if teaching continues “this person should be executed because he is an apostate and apostates are executed”.

Not everyone approves of homosexuality and of course people who follow one religion are likely to believe that theirs is preferable to another and while we should accept that people are allowed to have their own views, even to the point where we might deem them unpalatable, there comes a point where dislike of another becomes hated and intolerance. This is especially the case when violence is explicitly advocated.

Hate is hate and it should be opposed from whatever quarter it comes from. Just as we should speak out and campaign against those who promote racial superiority and those ‘Counter-Jihadists’ who vilify and demonise all Muslims so we must be prepared to speak out against those Muslims who preach hatred and violence against homosexuals, women and people of other religion.

 Posted: 14 Aug 2012 | There are 7 comments


Comment 1 | From: Joe Mulhall | Date: 14 August 2012, 12:44

Brilliant stuff!

Comment 2 | From: Nothing Holy About Hatred | Date: 14 August 2012, 13:21

Great article, thanks Nick. Really sorry to read about this hatred and homophobia coming from people who justify their views through faith. Our campaign brings together people from many faiths, denominations and non-religious beliefs to stand up against the damage that this causes. We are asking faith leaders to take a pledge against homophobia and several Muslim organisations have signed up (along with other faiths) - including Dilwar Hussain, President of the Islamic Society of Britain and Head of the Policy and Research Centre at the Islamic Foundation. His quote sums it up: 'Love, mercy and compassion are at the core of all of our faith traditions – whatever moral position people may take on same-sex relationships, there is no excuse for discrimination or hatred. There is nothing holy about hatred!'

Comment 3 | From: Chris G | Date: 14 August 2012, 13:41

I post on a LGBT news website a bit (not sure if it’s cool to link, but if the reader is LGB or T then you probably have an idea). The stories of these homophobic preachers come about all the time, as they do with the good ole CoE. Ofc the same EDL trolls jump in every time (usually when the fuss has died down to meet minimum resistance) promoting the group as if it’s just another friendly campaign that sympathises with the LGBT rights movement. The majority don’t want this voice and that’s why I love this country. What’s really frustrating though, is the fact that I’m not allowed to link to the several cases of violence directly associated with the EDL. It’s this same, massive list of links I wish they had on news night. In the past these posters have claimed that groups like HnH and UAF support the rights to hold these conservative views and encourage them. I never believed it but it’s nice to have it in writing! Sorry for the long rant! :)

Comment 4 | From: Andy Gill | Date: 14 August 2012, 14:21

HnH have been well behind the curve when it comes to fighting against Islamic homophobia. But credit where credit's due, and better late than never. The last paragraph gives me hope that HnH will one day speak out against Islamic anti-semitism as well.

Comment 5 | From: B31 Antifascist | Date: 14 August 2012, 19:06

Islamic extremists feed off Christian extremists which in turn feed off the far right. As HnH have pointed out before, the BNP/EDL cannot exist if they didn't have the Taliban lovers and Islamic fundamentalists of this country to feed their own hatred, and vice-versa. A bit like Rangers and Celtic sort of thing. HnH are most definately not a conservative organisation (another lie from the BNParty founded upon a lie and from their EDLout fash chummies). The far right and religious fundamentalists, be they Christian, Islamic or whatever are united in their championing (if that's the correct word to use) of extreme conservative ideology....Tommy Yobinson won't like us exposing any common ground between his organisation and that of, say Saif-ul Islam but tough titty is what I say (I'm working class, you see!) Keep up the good work, Nick!!!

Comment 6 | From: Hasan | Date: 6 September 2012, 04:06

I'm a Muslim and extreme views and preachers do NOT represent my faith. Our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) even said himself, "Beware of extremism in religion..." and "Ruined are the extremists" Peace be upon you all.

Comment 7 | From: Tim martin | Date: 11 September 2012, 10:47

Hope not hate - when someone hates they refuse to listen to the views of others and this results in the banning of these people - then such groups are inspired to grow stronger and get more extreme in their views. That is what will happen in this case. Let's have some hope and not hate by allowing Muslims to speak out and let's attend their events to listen to them and question their beliefs Tim

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