Imam Tries To Defend The Banning Of Mixed Swimming At Luton Pool

Ajmal Masroor
Imam, Ajmal Masroor

British imam and broadcaster Ajmal Masroor has defended controversial ‘segregated swimming’ sessions, telling talkRadio that women “prefer a segregated pool where they can enjoy themselves without being an object of desire”.

Sessions banishing the opposite sex are being held on Friday evenings at Inspire Sports Village in Luton, The taxpayer-funded swimming pool sparked outrage after introducing weekly “Men Only Sessions” and requiring swimmers to cover up “navel to knee”.
Mr Masroor said that the demand for segregation at pools “is extremely high from people of faith and no-faith”.

He told talkRADIO: “Every time my wife and her sisters have been to a segregated session, the queue outside is at least an hour wait.”

But, questions remain as men, despite paying a lower fee and having earlier use of the facilities, are entitled to use the main 50-metre competition pool while women are restricted to only the 20 metre ‘community pool’.

Julia Hartely-Brewer
Julia Hartely-Brewer

Radio host Julia Hartley-Brewer hit out at the policy which she said was based on a belief that “it is bad for men and women to see large parts of each other’s bodies”.

Sessions banishing the opposite sex are being held on Friday evenings at Inspire Sports Village

She told Mr Masroor: “I wouldn’t be allowed to go to that pool on a Friday night in Luton if I lived locally simply because some men on religious reasons have some issue with seeing my body.  I wouldn’t have a choice. I would be banned from going to that pool”.

“These men believe it is morally wrong for a man to see a woman’s chest or legs.” She continued: “I find that, as a Briton, offensive because that is bringing in a culture that demeans women.  “Even though British culture is about being accepting, tolerant and open, when you bring in a culture that undermines that I think that is a problem.”

But, Mr Masoor responded by calling Hartley-Brewer “ignorant” and said even men feel objectified as “sexual objects” during mixed swimming sessions.  He also said that if Christians wanted to hold a Christian-only session, he would have no problem with that.
Luton Swimming Pool
Active Luton

Last week an Active Luton spokesman defended the move as the facility simply responding to a local demand.   He said: “We regularly provide opportunities for different groups in our programme, including many different activities and swimming sessions.  Active Luton aims to provide everyone in our community, regardless of age, ability or ethnicity, with affordable and accessible opportunities to get active in ways which suit their wide-ranging needs and lifestyles.”

“The gender-segregated time slots will give men exclusive access to the 50m competitive swimming pool. The sessions were advertised on a Facebook page as ‘Alhamdulillah swimming,’ an Arabic phrase which thanks God for his blessings.”
One female swimmer, who asked not to be named said,  “The Friday night session for everyone is now closed because of the listed men-only sessions.  I have asked a team leader about it – as there are no managers at the weekend – and he said it was a ‘cultural thing’.  Why has one section of the community in Luton been allowed to dominate and take over the best pool in the borough?  I like swimming in the competition pool after a hard week at work on Fridays and now I can’t without any discussion and very little advanced notice.”
Ukip MEP Jane Collins said: “The leisure centre have said this is for cultural reasons and I think we all know that means for the Muslim community. This kind of behaviour, pandering to one group, harms community relations and creates tension.  Under English law we have equality between men and women. This is not the same in cultures who believe in Sharia Law.”

You can listen to the soundtrack of Julia Hartley-Brewer’s superb and probing Interview below:





6 thoughts on “Imam Tries To Defend The Banning Of Mixed Swimming At Luton Pool

  1. This imam is lying! Non-Muslims understand Islam, some are sufficiently grounded & well-read in Islam. To say that those who dont have are ignorant, according to this imam, is offensive. I know for a fact is that Muslims who want to leave Islam are NOT free to do so in a Muslim country. Just read the sharia manual! https://umdatalsalik.wordpress… There are NO CHOICES in a Muslim country. Muslim women have NO choice how to dress in an Islamic country. Islam IS sexualizing women. To give Muslim the rights to spread the sharia in this country just means tolerating INTOLERANCE!

  2. Masroor is a loon. He hates secularism (our society), and considers that Islam is the answer to it. He hates homosexuality, and demands women cover their hair. His complete backout on everything is to tell people they just don’t understand Islam and need educating. This sort of conversation exemplifies the real difference between us.

    1. He is allowed to express his views on homosexuality however the White true British face being thrown in jail if they uttered the same sentiments .

  3. But who would these females be an object of desire to. Not healthy red blooded indigenous males, only to those repressed of their own sort.
    In fact the pools should be segregated, banning all males of that particular cult from the pools all the time our young lassies are using them. Thereby stopping the sexual leering and worse by these sexually repressed men and boys. As we have heard of elsewhere in Europe, where it is rife.
    In truth I find it troublesome sharing a pool with other races, perhaps that’s me at fault,

  4. I saw a Facebook posting last week with a banner LGBT against Islamaphobia ! The poster had added the caption “shall l tell them or will you ” .just about says it all !!

  5. In moderate Islam, a woman can be seen as soliciting if she appears in public without a headscarf. That is ‘moderate’ Islam for you. On Channel 4 you have a woman wearing a headscarf reading the news. My question is who is behind these media outlets ? The BBC are by far the worst, but they are not the only ones.

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