The controversial Birmingham cleric, Nahiem Ajmal, commonly known as “Mufti Abu Layth” mocked the classical scholar Imam An-Nawawi, stating that he proudly wrote poetry about being attracted to teenage boys.
In the video, Ajmal also mentions other prominent classical scholars like Qadi Yahya ibn Aktham, Abu Bakr ibn Dawud and Ibn Hazm who he claims openly propagated homosexual poetry and writings.
Ajmal is also renowned for attempting to normalise minority and fringe Islamic opinions, which include:
- Pre-marital masturbation is permissible at all times for personal pleasure;
- It is permissible to have tattoos;
- It is permissible for Muslims to celebrate Halloween and Christmas;
- Rejecting the coming of Prophet Jesus and the Dajjal (Anti-Christ) in the build up to the Day of Judgement.
In addition to Ajmal’s unorthodox theological views, the former schoolteacher has been marred by numerous controversies and a criminal conviction:
- Ajmal was one of the early advisers of the much-despised Quilliam Foundation think-tank;
- He received a positive character reference from Dr Usama Hasan of the Quilliam Foundation;
- He is known to be good friends with Rashad Ali, a former founder of the Quilliam Foundation who has close ties with Islamophobic neoconservatives such as the Henry Jackson Society;
- He was arrested and charged with possessing extreme pornography in February 2014 to which he pleaded not guilty. The outcome of this case is unknown;
- Ajmal was jailed for six months for his role in a plot involving a disgraced West Midlands Police officer who tried accessing restricted information about the location of another man’s wife.