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Arnoud van Doorn is a former far-right politician from the anti-islamic Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) of Geert Wilders. In December 2011, the party broke with Van Doorn, because he decided to become a Muslim a few years later, after learning about the teachings of Islam. Until May 2014, he served as a member of The Hague City Council for the PvdE, a political party based on Islam. At the moment he is President of the European Dawah Foundation, and Ambassador of Celebrity Relations for the Canadian Dawah Association in Europe. He is a Member of the Board and Official Representative for the PvdE in the city council of The Hague.
Conversion to Islam
Van Doorn announced his conversion to Islam in 2013. Soon after, he performed Hajj to Saudi Arabia and visited the Prophet’s Mosque to deliver an apology and show remorse before the scholars there for his involvement in an attempt to spread hatred against Islam. He said that the overwhelming reaction of Muslims around the world against the film Fitna, made him interested to learn more that led to his decision to convert to Islam. He stated, “Right now I am still feeling regret for having distributed the film. I have a responsibility to correct the mistakes that I’ve done in the past.” Later his eldest son, Iskander Amien De Vrie, followed him in converting to Islam in 2014 after seeing his father becoming more peaceful and making progressive changes since embracing Islam.
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