UCL Debate: Does Sharia Law Negate Human Rights?


Alhamdulillah, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Student’s Association of UCL (UCLU-AMSA) has kindly been invited by the UCL Union Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society (UCLU-ASHS) to take part in a debate on the subject:  ”Sharia Law Negates Human Rights.” Details of the event are shown below.

The event is open to all and so you are each invited to join us on the day. There will be an opportunity for guests to put questions to the two panels. Given the nature and subject matter of the event, there is a particular need for members of AMSA UK and Majlis Ansar Sultanul Qalam, UK (MKA SuQ), to attend and support the event. Lastly, the success of any endeavour is only granted by Allah the Exalted and so we request your prayers for the success of the event.

Debate: ”Sharia Law Negates Human Rights”

Date: Thursday 8th December, 6pm-8pm.
Venue: Bedford Way LG04, 26 Bedford Way, WC1H 0DS (map with directions from Russell Square Tube Station: http://crf.casa.ucl.ac.uk/screenRoute.aspx?s=1181&d=211&w=False )

Hosted by UCLU Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society (UCLU-ASHS), the speakers against the motion have been provided by UCLU AMSA while the speakers for the motion have been provided by One Law for All-a campaign against sharia law.

For the motion:
1) Maryam Namazie – Human rights campaigner and spokesperson of ”One Law for All.”
2) Anne-Marie Waters – Lawyer and spokesperson for ”One Law for All.”

Against the motion:
1) Ayyaz Mahmood Khan – UK Ahmadiyya Muslim University of Theology and Languages.
2) Jonathan Butterworth – UCL Law Teaching Fellow and Co-ordinator of Human Rights NGO “Just Fair.”


Please respond to this poll if you are coming: 



  1. Would love to hop across the pond to attend but iA next time.

    They should change the title, however. If this is a debate, the title should be neutral or a question, rather than a statement. Something like, “Does Shariah Negate Human Rights?” is a more appropriate and logically sound question. The way it is written now makes it sound more like an anti-Islam conference than a debate.

  2. Qasim bhai. I agree with you. However, the title was set by the Atheist, Secular and Humanist Society (ASH) of UCL. It is the largest student society at University College London. We are glad that they invited us to take part and not any other Muslims society who would have had hard time defending Islam.

    We are confident that Islam shall triumph Insha’Allah as we will be presenting the pristine teachings of the Holy Qur’an. In addition Hudur Aqdas (ayyadahu Allah ta’ala bi-nasrihi al-’aziz)’s prayers are with us.

    Anyways I don’t think the other side have come across the Ahmadiyya view point before – should be an interesting debate.

    This debate shall be recorded so keep an eye out for Youtube upload soon after.

    1. No need to change the topic but it should be debated according to its merit, for and against. Truth of Islam as presented in the holy Quran should prevail not the distorted practice of ignorant mulla!
      Dr Rasheed s Azam, USA

  3. For those who are coming. Please come well before 6 pm so that you can get space. The lecture hall has a capacity of 140. However, looking at the interest generated at UCL and outside, I reckon more than that number will come.
    There will be facility for an overflow room with video facility.

    1. Jazak Allah Khayr al-Jazaa’. Will keep you posted. Report of the debate, the speeches, and video links will go on theartofmisinformation.wordpress.com Insha’Allah.

      Please pray that Allah grants the truth victory over falsehood.

  4. Assalamu alikum. I sincerely wish I could be there. Really glad it’s going to be on Youtube. May God enable the truth to touch true and open hearts. Good luck and may God be with you! Wassalam

    1. Jazak Allah Khayr al-Jazaa’ you felt that way. I initially had not thought of the live twitter feed. Just before the start of the event I started getting tweets on my phone asking if the debate had started. I then started tweeting and just kept updating the world.

      Will link the video when it comes.

  5. Assalamu Alaikum!

    I was unfortunately not able to attend due to other commitments, but would really like to watch it once it is put onto YouTube!

    Keep up the good work.


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