Joram van Klaveren, an ex-member of the notoriously anti-Islamic Party for Freedom (PVV), told Dutch TV show NieuwLicht that while writing his book, he “came across more and more things that made my view on Islam falter.”
“It feels a bit like a religious homecoming for me,” he said in an interview.
PVV founder, right-wing politician Geert Wilders, denounced van Klaveren’s conversion following the announcement, comparing it to “a vegetarian going to work in a slaughterhouse,” the Independent reports.
…It’s worth noting that van Klaveren was not really all that “far-right” to begin with. He left Wilders’s party after Wilders said he wanted fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands, which seems like common sense. The Netherlands is, after all, quite a small country, and there’s no reason why there should be a moral imperative for it to absorb more Moroccans.
However, on a deeper level this reflects the pattern described in Michel Houellebecq’s Submission. As has been noted before, those disgusted with the spiritually exhausted Western Civilization are going to look for alternatives.
…As Islam reaches a critical mass within the West, expect more conversions and even the creation of a new form of the faith.
Damon Joseph, 21, also known as Abdullah Ali Yusuf, is charged with attempting to provide material to support ISIS, attempting to commit a hate crime, and possessing firearms in furtherance of a crime of violence stemming from his plan to attack at least one Toledo synagogue.
An Ohio man was charged Wednesday with attempting to provide material support to the ISIS Wilayat Khorasan, the Islamic State’s branch in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
“This is to announce that I am proud to have become a Muslim,” 51-year-old singer tweeted last week. “This is the natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian’s journey. All scripture study leads to Islam. Which makes all other scriptures redundant.
To Sabine Lappe, Christian was a dream child. But her beloved son became an IS terrorist who died in Syria. The bereaved mother shared her story with Deutsche Welle.
Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle, the couple who were recently rescued after being held hostage by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network in Afghanistan and Pakistan for five years, most likely converted to Islam during the course of their captivity.
Even though they have not addressed the issue publicly, and experts say that under the intense emotional stress that people in hostage situations experience, it is not uncommon for people to reevaluate their core spiritual or ideological beliefs.
Linda was found on her own, injured and screaming as Iraqi soldiers made their way through the bombed out houses of Mosul, Iraq’s war-torn second city, according to Iraqi Mohammed Shuraf, who used an alias when describing the moment they found the 16-year-old.
Another victim of a broken marriage. If only she had been born in Dubai…
Most people can tell you who the potential jihadists are, especially the ones in Europe and the USA. You can point them out in a group: they are immigrants, or more often, the children of immigrants, who came from the Middle East or North Africa. They often converse among one another in Arabic. Many want to join the Islamic State and other terror groups in Syria, or have gone and since returned. They are mostly men, usually around age 20 or less, and have grown up feeling alienated from the societies in which they live.
Most of this is wrong.
A 17-year-old Danish girl charged with planning to bomb two schools in Denmark, including a Jewish one, allegedly was inspired by the terrorist who killed a security guard at a Copenhagen synagogue in 2015.
A judge found Friday for the second time that the Muslim convert responsible for a 2014 beheading is not mentally retarded under the law.
Nolen beheaded Colleen Hufford, 54, with a large kitchen knife during a rampage inside Vaughan Foods on Sept. 25, 2014, according to testimony at a preliminary hearing and his own admissions to police and in court. He had been suspended from the plant for making racial remarks.
He also attempted to behead another co-worker, Traci J. Johnson, who had complained about his remarks. The rampage ended when he was shot by a plant official.
A Muslim convert who protested outside Parliament with a sign saying ‘I am Muslim, do you trust me enough for a hug?’ is facing jail for threatening to bomb an MP’s house.
Craig Wallace used the sign as Stop The War protesters came to Westminster for the vote on military action in Syria last week.
It stated: ‘I am Muslim, I am labelled a terrorist, I trust you, do you trust me enough for a hug?’
But the 23-year-old, of Willesden Green, north London, is now facing a possible prison sentence after he threatened Tory MP Charlotte Leslie online following the vote.
Wallace, who calls himself Muhammad Mujahid Islam online, wrote on Facebook: ‘I’m going to smash her windows then drop a bomb on her house while she’s tucked up in bed. You dirty f****** pig-s******* s***.’
…His defence lawyer Abu Sayeed said Wallace had posted the messages after he had been out protesting against the Syrian bombing vote for ‘two or three days and had very little sleep and had not taken his medication.’
h/t Small Dead Animals
He was a well-educated boy who was working with underprivileged children in Asia and dreamed of one day becoming a lawyer or doctor.
But family and friends of 18-year-old Oliver Bridgeman are devastated by revelations he had led a double life and is suspected of joining an al-Qaeda linked terror group in Syria.
The blonde-haired teen, from Toowoomba, on Queensland’s Darling Downs, had reportedly converted to Islam after becoming friends with several Muslim students at the school.
His friends believed the former high school captain and talented rugby league player had been transformed and brainwashed by the ‘wrong people’, The Courier-Mail reports…
WASHINGTON — If Osama bin Laden was the founding force behind Al Qaeda, then Adam Gadahn was perhaps its leading American voice.
A California-born convert to Islam, Mr. Gadahn was long seen as an important Qaeda propagandist who, as a member of the terror network’s media arm, As Sahab, played instrumental roles including translator, video producer and cultural interpreter.
President Obama said on Thursday that Mr. Gadahn and another American-born Qaeda leader, Ahmed Farouq, were killed in January in separate strikes against terrorist targets in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region, but that neither had been specifically targeted. Mr. Gadahn had been rumored killed several times before but had always popped up again.
Bilal Chin was brought up in London but traveled to Egypt and stayed there for about one year.
Now in his mid-twenties, he says that Egypt was good for him, as it helped him to get away from his surroundings and make a fresh start in his life.
He became a Muslim when he was nineteen years old. He admits that he had not really known what Islam was about. If he saw any woman with a scarf and anyone who fasted, he thought he or she was an Asian or an Arab and that this was just part of their culture.
He didn’t know it was a religion and no one tried to teach him about the religion. Later after, he embraced Islam, he remembered girls in school who used to wear a scarf and realized they were Muslims…
Let’s hope he turns out better than rapper convert Deso Dogg (Dennis Cuspert).