The controversial opinions and positions of Salford University National Union of Students (NUS) boss Zamzam Ibrahim are causing controversy after they were revealed by a national newspaper.
Swedish-Somali student Zamzam Ibrahim, the elected head of her northern-England’s Student Union and apparently a devout Muslim, has been revealed as holding extreme views on a number of topics, in a report in Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper, following an earlier revelation by the Spectator.
Ibrahim’s opinion, stated clearly on social media posts and online quiz websites, show strong opinions on Islam, calling the government’s deradicalization programme “racist”.
Asked on an online answers website about whether it is ever right for men and women to be friends, Ibrahim gave a typically hardline answer for her opinion on the sexes mixing, remarking: “I’ve had this debate with many friends! Maybe in some cases but Islamically it’s incorrect for girls to be friends with a guy anyway!
“So I’m gonna say NO not the kind of friendship they can have with the same gender there is always boundaries.”
In one of the more remarkable admissions, when asked what book she thought everyone should have to read, Ibrahim remarks: “The Quaraan. We would have an Islamic takeover!”.
The Spectator reports many of Ibrahim’s former answers and social media profiles have been recently hastily deleted, but not before they were captured for posterity. One tweet said that if the Student Union leader were “president for a day”, the political change she’d enact would be: “[to] oppress white people just to give them a taste of what they put us through!”.
The University of Salford where Ibrahim is a student officer is also the former university of Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi, although he is understood to have never gone to classes — only enrolling to receive the student loans. The Jihadist killed 22 when he detonated a bomb at an Ariana Grande concert in 2017.
Breitbart London has long chronicled the difficulties with extremism the NUS has faced, including the 2016 election of national president Malia Bouattia, who stood accused of making anti-Semitic remarks during the leadership campaign and is reported to have called the University of Birmingham a “Zionist outpost”.