The Federation of Student Islamic Societies categorically deplores the actions of the two students who have been convicted of conspiracy to carry out murder and preparation of acts of terrorism.
Humayun Saleem, President of the Federation of Student Islamic Societies said: ‘We unequivocally stand against any form of violent extremism, and the intended actions of these two individuals should not be seen as representative of the vast majority of British Muslim students who are law abiding and peaceful’.
Because of these convictions, some may feel concerned about activities on campuses. However, it is clear that these two students were entirely influenced externally and planned this attack beyond the confines and social-circles of university life. The court also has established that they did not find any evidence of radicalisation or extremist activities on campus.
Aman Ali, Head of Media at FOSIS said in response to concerns about activities on campuses: ‘Islamic Societies present the best barrier to extremism and violence on campuses. This is because they focus upon the true teachings of Islam, that encourage contributing positively to society and it goes without saying, are unconditionally opposed to violence and terror. Islamic Societies will continue to engage within wider society through innumerable award-winning initiatives that create understanding, tolerance and peace’.
FOSIS calls for a mature and balanced response from wider society amid concerns that anti-Muslim sentiments will rise as a result of this incident. It is important to highlight that Muslim students should not be marginalised and made to feel suspect as a result of this incident.
We encourage Islamic Societies and Muslim students to continue their positive work across the country and to remain vigilant for any incidents of Islamophobia which should be reported to the police.
1. FOSIS (est. 1963) is the umbrella organisation of student groups in colleges and universities throughout the UK and Ireland, representing the interests of over 115,000 Muslim students.