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Arnoud van Doorn, the Dutch politician who became a supporter of Islam

Written by Lukáš Lhoťan for Reflex.

He used to be a great fighter against Islam in the ranks of the Dutch anti-Islamist Geert Wilders, then suddenly felt the need for change and from a great fighter against Islam he became a great fighter for the spread of Islam in Europe.

Today, he not only manages the spread of Islam in Europe through the European Da'wah Foundation, but also opposes French President Macron's policy on political Islam. This convert to Islam is called Arnoud van Doorn and in the Netherlands he is one of the representatives of the Islamic party Islam Democraten (Islamic Democrats).

Recently, Arnoud van Doorn drew attention to himself again with an interview with TRT Arabic (a Turkish-language television station run by the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, which belongs to the Turkish government), cautiously expressing doubts about the case of the murdered French teacher Samuel Paty. The murder of the teacher is being used by anti-Islamic groups in the French government to strengthen restrictions on Muslims, and he has also cautiously suggested that it could be a planned use of similar cases against Muslims. His speech was highlighted by the Israeli non-governmental organization MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute), which monitors the media in the Muslim world and publishes translations of the most interesting and controversial recorded speeches in these media.

"It simply came to our notice then. I would like to express my condolences to his family. It is something unimaginable for them, but on the other hand it is not a coincidence. Islam rejects aggression and terrorism. Islam is a peaceful and tolerant religion. One therefore wonders whether these acts are actually performed by Muslims. I don't know, only Allah knows. And that's a problem. On the other hand, it does not seem like a coincidence, because right after this terrible incident, we saw France passing new laws and setting new rules to undermine the position of Muslims in France by closing Islamic schools and mosques. It may be a coincidence, but I think there is a plan behind it. Whenever there is an attack allegedly committed by Muslims, you immediately see governments passing new laws against Muslims and against Islam. That is why I think there is a connection. I'm not a fan of conspiracy theories, but I see a connection between these cases. It can't be a mere coincidence," Arnoud van Doorn said on Turkish television.

Van Doorn's view is not so lonely within the Muslim community, there are Muslims who openly say that, for example, the murder of teacher Samuel Paty was not committed by a Muslim, but an action staged by the French government to justify an anti-Muslim stance. publicly written by Muslim cleric Ali Al-Qaradaghi of the International Union of Muslim Scholars.

Personally, I am convinced that the above words of Arnoud van Doorn indicate, in a sense, a closed circle of growing tension between Muslims and non-Muslims in Western Europe. This is no longer just a matter of coexistence with Muslim immigrants, but it is a problem of Western European society itself, where today's Western European Muslims are already fully settled descendants of Muslim immigrants and the share of European converts to Islam is growing significantly. At the same time, these Muslims are increasingly protesting against anti-Muslim politics and demanding respect for their religious beliefs, that is, the fact that Islam does not make a practical distinction between the political and religious levels of society - so there is no European concept of secularism in the Islamic tradition.

However, the character of Arnoud van Doorn himself is an interesting example of how a passionate fighter against Islam can easily become a passionate fighter for Islam. Born in 1966 in The Hague, the Netherlands, until 2011 he was a politician of the Dutch Freedom Party led by the world-famous opponent of Islam, Geert Wilders. In 2011, he broke up with Wilders' party and in 2012 publicly announced his conversion to Islam. According to him, he was interested in a more detailed study of Islam in the film Fitna (by Wilders) and was aware of the flaw of his anti-Muslim attitude when studying Islam, and he liked Islam so much that he and later his older son, Iskander Amien De Vries, eventually converted to it.

After his conversion to Islam, Arnoud van Doorn quickly became a Muslim celebrity. Islamic and Arab media reported extensively on his story. He himself has gradually become an important Muslim activist, leading not only the European Da'wah Foundation but also a representative of the Dutch Islamic political party Islam Democraten, which is represented in the local government. Van Doorn is also the European emissary of the Canadian Da'wah Association.

The stain on Arnoud van Doorn's reputation is his conviction for publishing secret documents and an attempt to sell drugs to minors. Arnoud van Doorn defended himself by trying only to get to their real drug dealer through juveniles on his own, which the court did not believe and condemned.

Today, Arnoud van Doorn is not only a passionate fighter for Islam, but also celebrates Turkish Islamist President Erdogan and likens French President Macron to Hitler. For Muslims themselves, on the other hand, it is proof of the success of their Islamic religion, and its rebirth into Muslims is likened to stories from the time of the founder of Islam, Muhammad, when many of his greatest opponents eventually voluntarily submitted to him, embraced Islam and became the biggest fighters for spreading Islam.

Source: Reflex
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