Many university Islamic Societies unfortunately have a long history of stifling dissent, whether for sectarian or political reasons. Far from providing space to challenge ideas and explore a broad spectrum of ideas, many Islamic Societies only permit a narrow single narrative to be promulgated, coloured by the biases of the dominant group.

Just like any other entity, our advocacy groups need to be challenged, critiqued and scrutinised. That would be much healthier than the current state of play where they are given a free pass to say whatever they like and their word is taken as gospel. So free speech yes, but in an environment in which individuals are empowered to speak freely too