After Ahmed Mohamed in US, it’s Mohammed Umar Farooq in UK who is accused of being a suspect terrorist

Just a week after a Muslim kid got arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school in the Unites States, a student of counterterrorism has been accused of being a terrorist for reading a book in his university library about how to counter terrorism here in the United Kingdom.

Mohammed Umar Farooq, 33, a post-graduate student on the terrorism, crime, and global security master’s degree at Staffordshire University, was questioned by the university authorities after being seen reading a textbook called ‘Terrorism Studies’ in the college library.


Mohammed Umar Farooq, who was enrolled in the terrorism, crime and global security master’s programme, told that he was questioned about attitudes to homosexuality, Islamic State (ISIS) and Al-Qaida.

The incident took place back in March, but has come to light after the university apologized to Farooq, stating that the official who questioned him in the university library had only been trained for a few hours. Farooq was asked for his views on the Islamic State throwing gay men out of buildings, as well as his general opinion on Islam and al Qaeda.

A spokesperson for the university said, “We have apologized to Mr. Farooq and are in dialogue with him on how we can support him to continue his studies with us. In light of recent legislation, we are ensuring all staff at the university have the right guidance and training.”

– Spadman