In The Name Of God The Most Merciful, Most Compassionate

Far-right Dutch politician converts to Islam

by OnIslam & News Agencies

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Arnoud Van Dorn

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AMSTERDAM – A leading member in far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders’ party has reverted to Islam after an extensive study about the Islamic religion and Muslims.

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

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

The news about Doorn’s reversion first came to the surface last month when he tweeted “new beginning”.

He later posted a tweet in Arab pronouncing the Shahadah (proclamation of faith).

The politician later announced that he reverted to Islam, giving no more information about the reasons behind the decision.

“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 the Islam out of curiosity.

“My colleague Aboe Khoulani from the City Council in The Hague has brought me further into contact with the as-Soennah mosque, which has guided me even further.”

A member of the Dutch parliament and The Hague city council, Doorn’s name has long been associated with Wilders’ anti-Islam, far-right PVV party.

A member of the Dutch parliament and The Hague city council, Doorn’s name has long been associated with anti-Islam rhetoric by Wilders’ PVV party.

Wilders himself is known for his rants against Islam, Muslims and the Noble Qur’an.

New Beginning

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 Aljazeera.

“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.”

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.”

Departing from his earlier life as a PVV member, Doorn expects much resistance in his political life.

“The expectation is that I will continue to face much resistance, also from certain government institutions,” he said.

“I have all faith in Allah to support me and to guide me through these moments.”

info17 5pts

In the early days of Islam, Omar, who would later become a caliph, was in a frenzied rage and set out to assassinate Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). As he passed the house of his sister, he heard her recite passages from the glorious Qur'an.
After rebuking her, something made him pause and contemplate the meaning of the verses. He had previously dismissed this new religion and listened to the hate-filled propaganda doing the rounds in the streets and valleys of Makah.
Convinced by the truth and beauty of the message, he immediately resolved to embrace Islam. The rest is glorious history.
History repeats itself in the most remarkable of ways. The city remains Makah, but over 1,400 years later, and in the midst of all the new development, a man arrived who had a similar experience to that of the second caliph of Islam.

Just a few years ago, Arnoud van Doorn, a prominent Dutch politician from an educated and privileged family, was the vice president of the far right Party voor de Vryheid (Party for Freedom) in the Netherlands, an unashamedly anti-immigration and anti-Islamic party led by the infamous Geert Wilders. The party had produced hate-filled rhetoric not seen in Europe since World War II. Van Doorn’s former party was responsible for producing the film Fitna, which defamed Islam, resulting in widespread protests throughout the world.

And then came his change. “My story of how I came to Islam is not remarkable,” he says very humbly. When he saw the outrage caused by the film, he made a concerted effort to study the Qur’an, Hadith collections and the biography of the Prophet (peace be upon him). After some time, he realized that Islam was the total opposite of what he had thought it was, and it then became easy to embrace the faith.

Van Doorn acknowledges that his views on Islam were formed 10 to 15 years ago based solely on negative stereotypes and prejudices spread by the media.

“For me, Islam was a violent religion that oppressed women and was no good for society,” he says.
After embracing Islam and assisted by the Toronto-based Canadian Dawah Association, Van Doorn visited the Kingdom this week to perform Umrah. He also visited the Prophet's Mosque in Medina.

Van Doorn met Sheikh Abdul-Rahman Al-Saudis, imam of the Grand Mosque and head of the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques. Al-Saudis said he was delighted that Allah had selected Van Doorn to become a Muslim. Van Doorn expressed his sorrow and regret for helping to distribute Fitna, although he had no part in its production, to which Al-Saudis quoted the Qur’anic verse stating that good deeds wipe out bad ones. Van Doorn intends to do good by making a film about the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), to present a true picture of Islam.

Van Doorn’s impression of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has also been transformed. “Before I came here, people asked me why on earth I was coming here!” He has been surprised by the wonderful culture and friendly, hospitable people.
He thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for all the developments taking place in Makah and the holy sites.

Van Doorn remains a member of the Dutch Parliament and a member of the Hague City Council. In his view, the rise and success of the far right in Europe is due to the continent's economic problems. This will only get worse, in his view, because Europe has a history of turning on its minorities when things get tough.

His advice to Muslims living in Europe is to be patient, steadfast and adhere to the standards of good conduct and fine character required by Islam. “Like it or not, we all represent Islam,” he says. “Any mistake we make could be attributed to our religion.”

Van Doorn came to the Kingdom courtesy of the Canadian Dawah Association's celebrity relations program, which is inspired by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), who sent out invitations to regional leaders inviting them to embrace Islam, according to its president, Shazaad Mohammed, who is an Ambassador for Peace with the Universal Peace Federation (UPF), which operates under the United Nations. He is also an adviser to many celebrities.

Former guests of the celebrity program include comedian David Chappelle, former rap stars Napoleon, Philadelphia Freeway, LOON and Jack Frost, and former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson. The CDA plans many such high-profile trips in future.


PozzoPuzzi 5pts

Irrational person goes from irrational political stance to irrational religious belief. And this is supposed to validate Islam because?

info17 5pts

Islam is the fastest growing faith in Britain. Hundreds and thousands of Brits are reverting to Islam. By the middle of this century, over half of Brits would be Muslims.

I have always held the religion of Muhammad in high estimation because of its wonderful vitality. It is the only religion which appears to me to possess that assimilating capacity to the changing phase of existence which can make itself appeal to every age. I have studied him - the wonderful man and in my opinion for from being an anti-Christ, he must be called theSaviour of Humanity. I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it the much needed peace and happiness: I have prophesied about the faith of Muhammad that it would be acceptable to the Europe of tomorrow as it is beginning to be acceptable to the Europe of today." [G.B. Shaw, THE GENUINE ISLAM, Vol.1, No. 81936.]


Junaid Cheema
Junaid Cheema 5pts

The Sun is rising from the west - he probes hearts that he wills. Glory be to the lord of the worlds... The greatest!

Mohammad Alkathiry
Mohammad Alkathiry 5pts

Alhamdulillah, having checked thru some sources, he the islam hater now is an islam convert. Allah Yahdi 3la manyashaa...

Mohammad Alkathiry
Mohammad Alkathiry 5pts

Really...?! Where i can find the vid of his conversion to islam.

abduljahbar 5pts

Mashallah, may Allah swt guide him and give him the best of both worlds. 

indian_observer 5pts

Al hamdu lil lah. Glory to Allah. All praises be to him and blessings and peace be on our reverend prophet Mohammed. We accord affectionate welcome to brother Arnoud Van Doorn to Islam. May Allah - the god of grace and mercy guide him to the light of Islam. By every passing day it is becoming increasing clear that Islam is the true religion. Popes resignation and exposure of institutionalized darker side of the Vatican and church will further alienate people from Christianity to Islam. Allah has revealed the truth.

Andrew Maduna
Andrew Maduna 5pts

Allah swt chooses whom he wills Allahu akbar

Shaziya Rahman Nadeem
Shaziya Rahman Nadeem 5pts

One things non muslims need to understand.....please dont judge Islam after seeing or experiencing some so called muslims,think beyond them,read about Islam than judge! 5pts

This is a good lesson for all Muslims. The best response to hatred and ignorance is to respond with patience, wisdom and true knowledge. Then it is up to Allah to guide whom he wills.

Xra Yin
Xra Yin 5pts

We Muslims In The Netherlands couldn't be any happier!! Of course we could expect this, how can Islam not touch your heart with the will of Allah?! We all shouted Allahu-Akbar I am sure, because the whole biggotry of Geert Wilders was too much for comfort and to see such a nice change is just heart warming! Sub7an Allah Wa Bi Ham'Dihi

Moby Siddique
Moby Siddique 5pts

Ahahahaha Gerrt must be spewing!! Hahahahaha

Amorphous Malcolm Mir
Amorphous Malcolm Mir 5pts

Alhamdulilah, This Is What Happens When You Are Sincere With Your Study Of Islam.

Sameh Strauch
Sameh Strauch 5pts

Allahu Akbar. He turns enemies into believers.

Boy Pick Up
Boy Pick Up 5pts

..May Allah, bless him in this life and after ....ameen.

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