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Statement: FOSIS supports student actions against the Gazan genocide and calls for a united student effort.

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FOSIS congratulates students across the world(1) who have come forward upon a shared spirit of justice in solidarity with the Palestinian people. The demands which include:

  • calling for an immediate ceasefire
  • for Universities to have a complete divestment from funds, research and links to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land
  • amnesty for all students who have been arrested, suspended, or subject to disciplinary action 

are demands that we echo and stand in full support and solidarity with. 

FOSIS’ mission has always been to advocate for the rights of Muslim students. The Federation aims to provide leadership on issues that are impacting Muslim students in the UK and around the world.  We as an organisation acknowledge that more could have done for the people of Palestine and for the Muslim students. We look to unite the Muslim voice, to amplify it, and spread it to the world. We are committed to working with ISocs and Muslim students, and other allied bodies who have been organising to pressure universities in divesting from their role in the genocide. 

In the UK, we congratulate the actions of students in UCL, Goldsmiths, Leeds, Warwick, Manchester and other universities following suite (3)(4) who have set up encampments within their universities. It is the epitome of morality and humanity to stand up against oppression and genocide.The brave students in the UK who have taken it upon themselves to do so, despite threats of expulsion, bullying and intimidation from within their university and from mainstream media, are a testament of their dedication to justice. We also congratulate Goldsmiths in their recent win, with their university agreeing to concede, resulting in the first Palestinian university scholarships to be created in the UK(5).  

Students have been beacons of change in times of seeking justice in the face of oppression and immorality. From the Anti-apartheid Movement in South Africa with student-led boycotts, protests and demonstrations aiding  the end of apartheid, to the students across the United States who mobilized against the Vietnam War, organising protests, marches, and acts of civil disobedience to oppose U.S. involvement in the conflict. 

In this vein, we remind and call upon Muslim students and Islamic societies to come forward against the genocide. Islam is a religion of justice. It is a duty upon every Muslim to stop an injustice with their hands, and if unable to do so then with their tongues, and if unable to do so and then the very least to hate it within their hearts (6). The blood of a Muslim is sacred; it is protected and it is more valuable than the holiest sites in Islam. It is an indictment against Muslims to therefore not stand up against the ongoing genocide of over 31,000 Palestinians, with thousands at risk of genocide in Gaza. Many British universities are complicit in this genocide through their investments in entities involved in the arming, maiming and bombing of Gaza. One consequence is the destruction of all universities in Gaza.

FOSIS will continue to support the noble endeavors against the genocide by ensuring resources and support are made available for students, and by coordinating with ISocs in the UK and Ireland to contribute to this movement. 

“Indeed, Allah commands justice, grace, as well as generosity to close relatives. He forbids indecency, wickedness, and aggression. He instructs you so perhaps you will be mindful.” 

References:

  1. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/4/28/hundreds-of-university-students-arrested-in-us-as-gaza-war-protests-spread
  1. https://news.sky.com/story/us-university-gaza-protests-300-arrested-as-police-in-riot-gear-break-up-clashes-at-two-campuses-13126641
  1. https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/uk-ucl-students-launch-encampment-demand-university-divest-israel
  1. https://www.theguardian.com/education/2024/may/01/uk-students-begin-new-wave-of-protests-against-gaza-war-after-us-arrests
  1. https://www.gold.ac.uk/about/responses-statements/g4p/
  1.  حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو الْقَاسِمِ بْنُ أَبِي ضَمْرَةَ، نَصْرُ بْنُ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ سُلَيْمَانَ الْحِمْصِيُّ حَدَّثَنَا أَبِي، حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ أَبِي قَيْسٍ النَّصْرِيُّ، حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ عُمَرَ، قَالَ رَأَيْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ يَطُوفُ بِالْكَعْبَةِ وَيَقُولُ ‏ “‏ مَا أَطْيَبَكِ وَأَطْيَبَ رِيحَكِ مَا أَعْظَمَكِ وَأَعْظَمَ حُرْمَتَكِ وَالَّذِي نَفْسُ مُحَمَّدٍ بِيَدِهِ لَحُرْمَةُ الْمُؤْمِنِ أَعْظَمُ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ حُرْمَةً مِنْكِ مَالِهِ وَدَمِهِ وَأَنْ نَظُنَّ بِهِ إِلاَّ خَيْرًا ‏”‏ ‏.‏

It was narrated that ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr said: “I saw the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) circumambulating the Ka’bah and saying: ‘How good you are and how good your fragrance; how great you are and how great your sanctity. By the One in Whose Hand is the soul of Muhammad, the sanctity of the believer is greater before Allah than your sanctity, his blood and his wealth, and to think anything but good of him.’” Sunan Ibn Majah 3932