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Former enemy of Islam to establish 1st Islamic political party in Europe

Arnoud van Doorn


Majed Al-Sugairi
Okaz/Saudi Gazette



MADINAH – A Dutchman who was involved in a derogatory film about Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is aiming to establish the first Islamic political party in Europe.

The party will focus on serving Islam and Muslims not only in the Netherlands but Europe as whole, said Arnoud van Doorn, who was involved in the production of the controversial “Fitna”.

Van Doorn had reverted to Islam about a year ago and performed Haj this year.

He also performed Umrah in February.

“The party will comprise a large number of Muslim members as well as non-Muslim members who sympathize with Islam and Muslims,” he said.

Van Doorn regretted taking part in the film, which he said contained a lot of misleading and incorrect information about the Prophet (pbuh).

However, he also denied producing or directing “Fitna”.

“I only publicized and marketed the film while I was responsible for information and public relations in Geert Wilders’ political party (Dutch Party for Freedom), which produced the film,” he said.

Van Doorn said his new political party would project the virtues of Islam in Europe and elsewhere.

He said: “I have taken a solemn pledge to work day and night in the service of Islam to atone for my previous sins. I hope that Allah will accept my repentance and forgive me.”

Van Doorn said he will produce a film called “Muhammad: Master of Human Beings” in collaboration with the Canadian Dawa Society, which had invited him to perform Haj.

“We will also produce a series of short stories based on the Prophet’s (pbuh) life story in five languages for distribution all over Europe,” he said.

Van Doorn said he would also produce a film about Madinah’s history called “Madinah: The Light of Islam.”

Doorn said he is compiling a book about the things he had seen during Haj.

“I will never forget the sight of a security man carrying an old woman pilgrim on his back and running with her all the way to the Jamarat bridge to stone the Satan,” he said.

He said Haj provided him with an excellent opportunity to find out more about Islam and Muslims and that he intends to write a book about his experiences.

“I have regretted my previous sins.

“My entire life before Islam is a complete emptiness and void.”

Van Doorn said he has been explaining Islam to his mother, wife and three children and they have started to understand this religion.

 
   
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