‘I am sorry, O Prophet…’


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NOTORIOUS DUTCH ISLAMOPHOBE 

EMBRACES ISLAM

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BY MAJED AL-SUGAIRI

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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.

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Why I converted to Islam


The Swiss minaret controversy began in a small municipality in the northern part of Switzerland in 2005. The contention involved the Turkish Cultural Association in Wangen bei Olten, which applied for a construction permit to erect a 6-metre-high minaret on the roof of its Islamic community centre. The project faced opposition from surrounding residents, who had formed a group to prevent the tower’s erection. The 6-metre (20 ft)-high minaret was eventually erected in July 2009.
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BY NAYYAR HASHMEY

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Some years ago there were news that a Swiss politician Daniel Streich, a former member of the Swiss People’s Party, a Protestant by confession converted to Catholicism and then to Islam. Consequetly Streich left his party which was spearheading the campaign to impose a national ban on minarets in Switzerland.

Streich was a founding member and president of the Gruyères section of the party from 2003 to 2007. His embraced Islam in 2005, before which he was a devout Catholic. On his conversion to Islam said Streich “my religion offeres me logical answers to important life questions”.

daniel streich

In 2007 Streich stated that he had “many Muslim friends” yet did not make public his personal conversion to Islam until early November 2009, when he left the Swiss People’s Party. He then participated in setting up the Conservative Democratic Party cantonal section.

The ban on the construction of minarets in Switzerland has had a very interesting side story. Streich, a member of the SPP, a party that pushed for the minaret ban, announced that their cantonal head had become a Muslim. Outside of Switzerland, the mainstream media ignored this. Muslims around the world, however, picked up on the story, circulating it on blogs and on Facebook.

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Oh The memories…Growing up in Pakistan


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THE GOOD OLD DAYS

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by Nayyar Hashmey

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Again our good old friend Zjeddy sends this beautiful piece. While reading this artful description of the good old days, I recalled my own past days when the rural-urban divide was not so deep as it has gone these days. Those were the simple but most enjoyable days of a simple life, simple games which were primitive yet innovative, rudimentaries, yet worth enjoying and the simplest of all, the most natural of all games back to nature, the addicion of nature watching turned into plays, the cloud games:

 

As I watch the clouds across the sky,
I am taken back to years gone by,
With the family in the cart on Sunday afternoon.
Someone would see a shape and pretty soon,
the cloud game would start:
Which was to see who could find,
The most cloud shapes of any kind.

There were always fish, big small boats, too,
As well as birds and animals up there in the blue.
Sometimes we could even see some big man’s face-
Just name what you will, it was there someplace!

This watching the clouds was an interesting game;
No two shapes were ever the same.
One’s imagination had to be pretty good-
This game helped keep young minds off of any more food!

 

I don’t know who wrote this piece, may be an Indian guy or a Pakistani,. No idea. Nevertheless I am putting up this here for you to read and enjoy the story…. of our good old days. A Must Read if you grew up in Pakistan.

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