A former member of Geert Wilders’ far-right Dutch party, known for its Islamphobia, announced Monday that he has converted to Islam. Yes, such stories keep coming, showing us despite all the agenda against Islam, the truth will always shine bright for those who are sincere.
Joram Van Klaveren said he made the switch from critic to convert while writing a book against Islam as that’s what he has grown up championing.
“During that writing I came across more and more things that made my view on Islam falter,” he told Dutch radio.
Van Klaveren was a member of parliament for the Freedom Party (PVV) from 2010 to 2014, but quit the party after Wilders’ asked supporters during a rally in 2014 if they wanted more or fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands, to which the crowd chanted “Fewer! Fewer! Fewer!”
After leaving the PVV, Van Klaveren set up his own party, For Netherlands, but failed to win a seat in the 2017 national election and quit politics.
Van Klaveren was a harsh critic of Islam during his time as PVV politician, saying “Islam is a lie” and “The Quran is poison,” newspaper NRC reported.
Asked in the newspaper interview if he feels guilty about these statements, Van Klaveren said he had been “simply wrong,” adding that it was “PVV policy: everything that was wrong had to be linked to Islam in one way or another.”
Arnoud van Doorn, a former PVV official, was an earlier convert to Islam. Van Doorn congratulated Van Klaveren on his decision via Twitter, writing: “[I] never thought that the PVV would become a breeding ground for converts.”
Beste @JoramvKlaveren bij deze ben je uitgenodigd voor een gratis Umrah 👍🏼🕋
— Arnoud van Doorn (@ArnoudvDoorn) February 4, 2019
There are many who once hated Islam, became a Muslim after their deep and sincere search to the religion.
What a story! Former extreme-right Dutch MP was known for his Islamophobia. Now he has converted to Islam. The book he was writing to demonise Islam became a story of his conversion instead. (Dutch) https://t.co/5XOYo6Est6 via @nrc
— Koert Debeuf (@koertdebeuf) February 4, 2019
Amazing when people who peddle false ugly narratives about Islam find it so beautiful that they make it their own way of life. https://t.co/g9170DdHBm
— Omar Suleiman (@omarsuleiman504) February 4, 2019
He once said 'Islam is a lie' now he has become a Muslim. pic.twitter.com/Exija2sLrr
— IlmFeed (@IlmFeed) February 4, 2019
We ask Allah to keep our new brother in Islam firm upon the straight path, make this a means of others looking into Islam with a sincere heart and guide humanity at large.