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#1 Saracen21stC

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 01:04 AM

‘I am sorry, O Prophet…’



Majed Al-Sugairi

Okaz/Saudi Gazette





MADINAH – Former Dutch Islamophobe and a former leading
member of far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders’ party Arnoud Van
Doorn visited the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah to pray and say sorry for
becoming part of a blasphemous film.



Doorn was among the Freedom Party leaders who produced the blasphemous
film, Fitna. Last month he reverted to Islam after an extensive study
about the religion and the Prophet (peace be upon him).



He said that the worldwide outrage against the film made him study about
the Prophet (pbuh) and that eventually led to his conversion.



He headed for Makkah to perform Umrah after meeting the two imams of the
Prophet’s Mosque, Sheikh Ali Al-Hudaifi and Sheikh Salah Al-Badar, who
enlightened him on how to lead the life of a good Muslim and confront
challenges facing Islam in the West.



A member of the Dutch parliament and The Hague City Council, Doorn
announced his decision to accept Islam on his Twitter profile. He also
posted a tweet in Arabic declaring that “there is no god but Allah and
Muhammad is his Prophet.”



At first, other users took the news as a joke. After all, an active
supporter of a notorious Dutch hater of Islam, Wilders, he repeatedly
approved Islamophobic statements and public actions, and personally
participated in them.



But Doorn, who now serves as a regional adviser at the City Hall in The
Hague, personally confirmed his decision to practice Islam in an
official letter to the city mayor.



Most recently, the politician filed a formal application to the mayor of
the city to allow him to perform prayers obligatory for Muslims during
his working hours.



“I can understand people are skeptic, especially that it is unexpected
for many of them,” Doorn told Al-Jazeera English satellite channel.



“This is a very big decision, which I have not taken lightly.”



“In my own close circle people have known that I have been actively
researching the Qur’an, Hadith, Sunnah and other writings for almost a
year now,” he said.



“In addition, I have had numerous conversations with Muslims about the religion.”



Driven by his party’s anti-Islam discourse, Doorn decided to dig in for the truth about the religion himself.



“I have heard so many negative stories about Islam, but I am not a
person who follows opinions of others without doing my own research,” he
said. “Therefore, I have actually started to deepen my knowledge of
Islam out of curiosity.”



The 46-year-old has continued on The Hague Council as an independent
candidate since splitting from Wilders’s party. Doorn’s decision to
embrace Islam has won mixed reactions in the Netherlands.



“According to some people I am a traitor, but according to most others I
have actually made a very good decision,” he told Al-Jazeera.



“The reactions are generally positive and I also received quite some support via twitter.



“It feels good that people who do not know me personally have understanding of my situation and support me in my choice.”



Asked if he now regretted joining the Freedom Party, he replied: “I have
learned that every experience in life has a purpose. However, with the
knowledge I have today, I would have undoubtedly made a different
choice.”



For the Dutch politician, finding Islam was finally guiding him to the
true path in his life. “I have made mistakes in life as many others.
From these mistakes I have learned a lot,” Doorn said.



“And by my conversion to Islam I have the feeling that I finally found
my path. I realize that this is a new start and that I still have much
to learn as well.”


http://www.saudigaze...=20130422162428



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Posted 02 May 2013 - 09:43 AM

Alhamdullilah!  Isn't it interesting what happens to people who take it upon themselves to find out what Islam is really about ....



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Posted 02 May 2013 - 04:22 PM

How did that photo get taken?

There is a strict no photo rule in Mecca and Medina.

Let’s not forget we are living in the age of Dajjal, the Deceiver

This man has a lot to prove, as there have been many hypocrites in Islamic history.

 

Anyway, if true, then I hope he helps to soften the image of Islam especially in his own country and refutes Wilders.


Edited by The Doc, 02 May 2013 - 04:26 PM.


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Posted 02 May 2013 - 06:47 PM

Doc, if he starts banding with terrorists or spouting anti-Semitic rhetoric or something, then we can get suspicious. And yes, that idea is unnervingly plausible. But until then put yourself in his shoes. How would you feel if nobody believed you?



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Posted 03 May 2013 - 01:32 AM

As-salamu 'alaikum

 

Let's not forget that the Prophet (pbuh) reprimanded Usamah (ra) for killing a subdued man during war when the the man said the Shahada. 



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Posted 03 May 2013 - 08:18 PM

Masha'Allah, great news. May Allah Al-Mighty guide everyone to Islam.



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Posted 11 May 2013 - 09:30 AM

The reason why non Muslims revert is they learn Islam, they find the truth. I am sure no Muslim has ever forced them because it is a religion which has to be embraced on its own from your heart, nobody can force you for the sake of making you a Muslim. That's the beauty of Islam. And I am sure the reason why many non Muslims don't take that risk of reading Quran is they know that once they do it, they would become a Muslim for sure. Every non Muslim has this fear. That's the power of Quran. 


Edited by infogirl, 11 May 2013 - 09:30 AM.


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Posted 17 May 2013 - 10:53 AM

Very good although I didn't read this in the news! Interesting how the media aren't highlighting that! Anyway I am glad that he decided to take it upon himself to learn about Islam and I hope that Muslims will accept him and forget what he did in the past. All his past sins are forgiven by Allah and he should forget them too. I hope that he will continue to be a Muslim and have a strong faith. 







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