Seen weeping at the prophet's tomb,
Anti-Islam film producer Fandor embraces Islam
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It did not cross the mind of the Dutch right-wing Freedom Party that its former member Arnaud Fandor will embrace Islam and then visit the Two Holy Shrines, especially that he used to belong to the same party that contributed in producing an offensive film about Islam and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
The Saudi Okaz Online newspaper accompanied Fandor during his visit to the Holy Mosques when he suddenly burst into tears and wept in front of the Holy Prophet’s tomb.
Fandor was quoted saying that he had belonged to the most extremist parties that was very inimical to Islam, pointing out that after watching the wide reactions against the offensive film, he took upon himself to personally search for the truth about Islam and the answers to his questions. Questions that related to this enormous love connection between Muslims and their religion and prophet.
He then added that the research he done led him to find out the great magnitude of the offense committed by his former party, and rapidly began to gravitate to the Islamic religion, reading about it broadly, and then get closer to Muslims in Netherlands, until he decided to convert to Islam.
Fandor also visited a Mount Uhud (a mountain in north of Medina) and said, "I read so much about this place and the battle of Uhud (a battle that was fought on 19 March, 625 between Muslims and Meccan forces) and I really wanted to stand here today, the matter which is far more beautiful than mere reading.”
He as well met with the Imam of Al-Masjid al-Nabawī (the Prophet's Mosque) Sheikh Salah Al Budair and Imam of Quba Mosque Sheikh Ali Al Huzaifi and held a friendly dialogue with them, and each one gave him a lot of support, guidance and advices that will help him in his future life.
After the meeting, Fandor headed to the Gallery of the Prophet’s Mosque and listened to a detailed explaining to phases of the grand extend process of the holy mosque which was ordered by the Custodian of the Two Holy Shrines.
“Saying farewell to Medina is sad, but the consolation is that I am going to Mecca to perform Umrah (a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, performed by Muslims that can be undertaken at any time of the year),” Fandor said. “I will come back to these immaculate and pure lands again soon,” he added.
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