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Geert Wilders Confidante and Former Far-Right Politician Arnoud Van Doorn Converts to Islam

Far-right Dutch Politician Reverts to Islam

Is Van Doorn’s conversion sincere or a Far-Right political stunt? He claims it is sincere and confirmed the speculation regarding his conversion to AlJazeera.

The Dutch anti-hate site Krapuul.nl has also carried the story, (original Dutch, English translation).

This will really rattle the “counterjihadists,” no doubt Geert Wilders is shaken, as everything he stands for has been undermined by an individual who used to be a close confidante.

Far-right Dutch Politician Finds Islam

(OnIslam)

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.”

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  • christinme

    I should pray for you brother coz you are in wrong path.

  • Reza Nafas

    i did studied about ISLAM as well…but there is really nothing in that can catches ur heart or loooks attractive.i dont say he is a jerk that he’s converted himself to islam but there is sth which is clear here and that is that he is a politician …thats maybe a policy !

    ik heb ook over islam gestudeerd,maar er is eigenlijk niks van waarde over islam dat je aandacht kan trekken..dat zeg ik maar ook niet dat hij gek is dat hij bekeerd is tot islam..maar er is iets dat man moet niet vergeten dat hij een politicus is…dat kan wel een bleid zijn of zo..

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  • Humble Muslima

    walaikum salam wa rahmatulahi wa barakatuhu! Also, one of the top enemies of Islam in the time of Rasul Allah SAWS was a woman named Hind. She was married to a man who became a companion of Prophet Muhammad SAWS (I can’t think of his name right now). Prophet Muhammad SAWS’s uncle Hamsa had killed her father and brother in a war. She was so upset that she ordered to kill Hamsa. When she found out that her order followed through she asked to see his body. When she finally got to his body she dissected it piece by piece. She took his ears and made it into a necklace. She ate his liver and spit it out. She mutilated every piece of his body. She wanted Rasul Allah SAWS dead as well. Later on when she became old and Prophet Muhammad SAWS conquered Mecca, she had put a niqab on and went to see him SAWS. She told him I want to be Muslim. He SAWS said to her and who are you. She said I am Hind. She said shahadah and became Muslim there. She then participated in battles along side the Muslims.

    Anything is possible, there are no limits to Allah SWT’s Mercy, Guidance and Sustenance. Allahu akbar!

  • Humble Muslima

    Masha’Allah, I was happy to have heard this news about a year ago. This ad says he accepted Islam a month ago but I read that he accepted it way before that. I also heard that after his acceptance he resigned his position. Allahu alam. In any case, AlHamduli Allah. Welcome to Islam brother Geert. May Allah SWT always guide, protect and bless your steps along with our Ummah.

  • Humble Muslima

    Like I just mentioned to someone else in another post. If someone says shahadah, it is haram for Muslims to doubt them and say they are not. Otherwise, we ourselves become disbelievers. Allah SWT says to avoid suspicions at all cost. Only Allah SWT knows what is in our hearts and that is between them and Allah SWT.

  • Humble Muslima

    Yes, it may or may not be but that is between them and Allah SWT. Only Allah SWT knows what is everyone’s heart. It is forbidden for us as Muslims to point fingers or even doubt that a person who says shahadah isn’t Muslim. We cannot doubt nor question them if they say they are. Otherwise, we fall into the lines of being a disbeliever ourselves.

  • Humble Muslima

    That’s because Allah SWT doesn’t want you to be Muslim, at least not yet.

  • YSol

    Not quite true. There are many brilliant Islamic scholars who are not Muslim, one is the late Bishop Craig, Anglican bishope of Southwark I think. Also in Albania, it is the reverse. There, more Muslims are returning to their original Christian faith than are Albanian Christians converting to Islam. With Muslim massacring Muslim in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria it is hard to internalise the teaching that Islam is a religion of peace.

  • http://twitter.com/CriticalDragon1 CriticalDragon1177

    Even if they are, it doesn’t change the way the English language dictionaries define the term, or the way its been defined for centuries. Arabs who hate Jews would be antisemitic in the sense that they’re bigoted against Jews regardless.

  • Abdul-Halim Vazquez

    People from all kinds of ideologies convert to all kinds of other ideologies, while holding on to threads and traces of their past.

  • foljs

    That’s a BS etymology arguments. Words aren’t always used according to their original etymology.

    For centuries “antisemitic” has been meant to mean “against the jews”, solely.

    That said, the “muslim anti-semites” thing is BS. Muslims are not antisemites in the way the Nazi were (or Russia / USSR was, etc etc).

    They are mostly against Israel’s takeover, interventions and strategic allegiances in the region. Of course Israelis like to play the “antisemite” card (their version of Godwin’s law) for anybody who is against the politics of Israel.

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