Almost a year after his father’s reversion to Islam, the son of a former anti-Islam Dutch politician, Arnoud Van Doorn, has reverted to Islam after studying the holy Qur’an.
“I bear witness that there is no God to be worshipped but Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is His servant and last messenger,” Iskander said in his Shahadah (testimony) to become a Muslim.
Doorn, a former member of the far-right Freedom Party (PVV), embraced Islam a year ago after an extensive study into the religion.
He was among party leaders who helped produce an offensive film titled Fitna in 2008 that linked Islam and the Qur’an to violence.
But after Muslim outcry at the movie, Doorn began to read more about Islam and Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him), leading him to embrace Islam in 2013.
Iskander was among 37 people who converted to Islam during Dubai International Peace Convention, astonishing attendants.
“I saw my father become more peaceful after converting to Islam,” Doorn’s son said.
“That’s when I realized there is something good in this religion and it made me change my perception of Muslims.
“I started studying the Holy Qur’an and going through lectures of important scholars.”
The 22-year-old Isakander said that his Muslim colleague Younis was a role model for Muslim youth who encouraged him to embrace Islam.
“My friend Younis is a good practicing Muslim who taught me something new every day,” said Iskander.
“He was patient with me and there was no way I could be rude to him.”
As his son reverted to Islam, Doorn reiterated his regret for participating in producing the anti-Islam film Fitna.
“There is a misconception among people that I produced the movie Fitna, but I wasn’t involved in it,” Doorn said.
“I was only responsible for distributing the movie. Today, it is something that I deeply regret.”
In April 2013, Doorn vowed to use his experience in producing an international film that highlights the noble traits of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Under the title ‘Muhammad: Master of Human Beings’, the movie would be co-produced by the Canadian Dawah Society, which had invited him to perform hajj.
The former far-right politician also announced his plans to form the first Islamic political party in Europe last October to serve Islam and Muslims, a few months after reverting to Islam.
“I feel an urge and a responsibility to correct the mistakes I have done in the past. I want to use my talents and skills in a positive way by spreading the truth about Islam,” Doorn said.
“I am trying to make a new movie about Islam and the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
“It would show people what examples the Prophet set in his life and the movie would invite younger
people to Islam.”