Radicals have infiltrated UK varsities: Imam
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Radicals have infiltrated UK varsities: Imam

An Imam in London says that fundamentalists are 'indoctrinating' Muslim students in UK universities to participate in Jihad.

india Updated: Nov 14, 2006 12:15 IST

Islamic fundamentalists have infiltrated four British universities and are "indoctrinating" Muslim students to participate in Jihad, a leading Imam has claimed here.

Extremists have entered the varsities and radicalised students so deeply that they are close to "travelling to Afghanistan and Iraq to engage in Jihad or holy war", Sheikh Musa Admani, an advisor on Muslim Affairs to Higher Education Minister Bill Rammell, has alleged.

Admani, who is a Muslim chaplain at Metropolitan University, has alleged that four institutions -- Brunel, Bedfordshire, Sheffield Hallam and Manchester Metropolitan varsities -- have been infiltrated.

Officials at Brunel University located in West London have launched a high-level probe to verify Admani's allegations.

The imam runs a charity -- The Luqman Institute of Education and Development -- that helps to rehabilitate young men who have fallen prey to extremism and sends teams to campuses to tackle indoctrination, media reports here said.

According to him, fundamentalists had flouted campus bans on extreme organisations by posing as "ordinary Muslims" or forming societies with alternative names.

They had won their peers' trust in varsity prayer rooms before inviting them to off-campus lectures.

"We are dealing with people filled with hatred," he said.

"It's hatred for the white man and the West, because they have read the works of Qurb and Maududi (radicals followed by Al-Qaeda) who set Muslims apart from everyone else," Admani said.

First Published: Nov 14, 2006 12:15 IST