Danial Farooq and a friend. There is no suggestion she is linked to the university probe or to Hizb ut-Tahrir
An Oxford student has been suspended by the university after trying to recruit for an extreme Islamist organisation.
Third-year engineering student Danial Farooq, 21, now faces an investigation after expressing support for jihad.
He says he is a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir which seeks to establish an
He claimed he is ‘close’ to gaining supporters at Britain’s oldest university and told an undercover Daily Mail reporter he supported jihad to ‘spread’ Islam.
Mr Farooq, who is from Brent in north London and studies at Wadham College, said: ‘There’s a few brothers who believe that the problem of our time is political and that the solution is for Islam and a [caliphate].
‘I believe if there was 50 to 100 hizbis (Hizb ut-Tahrir members) – just students – in all of the UK, if there was even five hizbis in Oxford, if you could influence two or three, that could change the whole Muslim unity. Because that’s how it all starts.’
Asked about his recruitment success he said: ‘There’s a few I’m trying to convince. There’s a lot of potential in Oxford in terms of the influence. A lot of people are from elite backgrounds – and even the ones who aren’t… end up in elite backgrounds.’
The National Union of Students banned Hizb ut-Tahrir from campuses in 2004, saying it sought ‘to threaten, demonise and attack the lives of students’.
Tony Blair and David Cameron also tried to ban it but failed because it does not overtly advocate violence.
Emma Fox, a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, a counter-extremist think-tank, said: ‘This Daily Mail investigation has exposed a grave threat to the safety of students at Oxford that should never have been allowed to fester.
Mr Farooq, who is from Brent in north London and studies at Wadham College, said: ‘There’s a few brothers who believe that the problem of our time is political and that the solution is for Islam and a [caliphate]
In the video, Mr Farooq abbreviates the word ‘jihad’ to ‘J’ after he said he needed ‘to be careful’
‘That such an insidious group has found its way into such a prestigious campus shows the depths of Britain’s extremism problem.’
The Mail revealed last year how Hizb ut-Tahrir claimed it had ‘brothers’ who recruit at Oxford.
Mr Farooq, who claims to be ‘rebuilding’ the organisation on campus, invited an undercover reporter to several one-to-one meetings at a student hangout near the university.
He also emailed Hizb ut-Tahrir literature which read: ‘Ever since the dawn of Islam, the struggle has been at its fiercest between Islam and kufr [a derogatory term for non-Muslims]… it is a matter for which jihad has been made one of the most important duties.’
Mr Farooq said: ‘That bit is talking about punishment and jihad. I need to be careful. There’s a lot of people here. We’ll call it J. We don’t see it as an aggressive thing.’
The 137-page leaflet goes on to say it’s permissible for Muslims to kill those who leave the faith ‘even if they numbered millions’.
An Oxford spokesman said it ‘takes its responsibilities under Prevent [the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy] seriously’.
A prominent Hizb ut-Tahrir speaker confirmed to an undercover reporter that Mr Farooq is in the group.
But a spokesman said it was ‘not aware of any member of the party named Daniel (sic) who has studied at Oxford’. Mr Farooq declined to comment when approached last week.