Students at a London University have organised a protest against the planned appearance of a Muslim cleric, who has previously been accused of advocating for the murder of homosexuals.
Abu Usamah Adh Dhahabi is to appear at Brunel University as part of
Legends Week, organised by the Brunel Islamic Society, on Tuesday. He is
to deliver a talk on Aisha, one of Muhammed's wives.
Promise Phillips, president of the Union of Brunel Students (UBS),
confirmed a one-hour long "peaceful protest" would be taking place on
the day but said the speech would continue to go ahead.
"The UBS is aware of the visit to speak next week from Abu Usamah,
and is aware of controversial comments attributed to him and the
challenges these bring," he said.
"The UBS works to ensure all speakers invited onto campus are
authorised, have a clear understanding of the policy umbrella under
which they are required to behave, and that the commitment to Freedom of
Speech is balanced by Equality and Diversity Policies.
"The UBS further maintains a No Platform Policy and each speaker
invited onto campus is assessed to ensure that this policy is not
breached," he added.
"In this case, the UBS has risk assessed this visit and is putting
in place appropriate measures. We are working with our Islamic Society
who are confident that the subject matter of the speech sits within our