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FOSIS Statement on NUS’ dismissal of Shaima Dallali

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On the first day of Islamophobia Awareness Month, the National Union of Students (NUS) has dismissed its Muslim President via leaked stories to newspapers. This is disgraceful and unacceptable.

As the largest representative body for Muslim students, FOSIS (Federation of Student Islamic Societies) have come to the conclusion that NUS is no longer an organisation that take Muslims or Islamophobia seriously and therefore is not a safe space for Muslims.

Following numerous attempts to engage NUS and its leadership, no satisfactory outcome has been reached. The investigation into Shaima has been deeply politicised from the outset, and due process has not been followed, opening Shaima up to the court of public opinion and denying her the opportunity to fairly represent herself.

At the same time that NUS has been undermining its democratically elected leadership, it has been absent in delivering on core elements of its purpose – failing to support students at the peak of a cost of living crisis.

NUS’ failings with regards to Shaima reflect its failings towards Muslim students at large – and these reflect its dereliction of duty towards its membership at large.

Therefore, we have come to the conclusion that NUS is no longer fit for purpose.

Consequently, FOSIS is calling on all Islamic societies, friends and those who oppose Islamophobia to organise and lead disaffiliation campaigns against the NUS on their campuses. If you are unsure how to, get in touch and we will support and guide you through the process.

Contact us at [email protected]