“Why I converted to Islam: Van Doorn” and I say, “Lets understand each other.”

Kalimat terbaik dalam artikel yang aku baca ini adalah pada bagian:

“Again: prejudgement is the cause, based on lack of knowledge. You can find fanatics in any religion, all over the world. Unfortunately the 1% fanatics are showed on tv and other newsmedia, and their influence is magnified. 99% of the Muslims is hardworking and  peaceable. If more people will study the true Islam, the more people will see the beauty of it.”

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Arnaud Van Doorn, former member of an anti-Islamic party of Netherland has given his reasons for conversion to Islam, and reactions by his co-partisans after his conversion, and Western accusations against Islam and his own recommendations to atheists.

According to Mehrnews the news about the conversion to Islam of Arnaud Van Doorn, former vice-chairman for Geert Wilders, famous Dutch anti-Islam politician, has great reverberations on the media.

Geert Wilders is famous for muslims through his PVV party notorious movie, Fitna, which has been commissioned against Prophet of Islam and Geerts had insulted Islam.

Geert Wilders, commissioner of Fitna, a movie against Islam

However, Mr. Arnaud, through studying Islamic sources, ultimately decided on conversion and posted in his Twitter page his ‘proclamation of his faith’ in Arabic and surprised everybody.

Arnaud, 46, is a well-mannered and gentle individual, and believes that Islamophobia in Europe emanates from Western media and governments attempts to present a dark image of Islam, and if people in Europe knew how Islam was beautiful and wise, they would inevitably have been converted.

In an interview to MNA English service, Arnaud expressed his interest to travel to Iran and other Islamic countries. He said he was looking forward to see Isfahan, Shiraz, and Qum.

Now the interview:

Question: If possible, first, let’s talk a little about your reasons for accepting Islam. What happened that you’ve chosen to convert to Islam?

MNA: I have studied the Quran based on curiosity, starting about a year ago (after I left the PVV). Before that I’ve only heard negative stories about Islam. The more I was reading (also Sunnah, Hadith, etc.) the more I was convinced that the Islam is actually a beautiful and wise religion. I have had a religious education as a Christian, so I shared already a lot of values. It is easier to convert from a Christian to Islam then from a “non believer” because I was known with the profets, the angels and the  discipline that is necessary within any religion.

Twitts Arnaud posted after his conversion to Islam
MNA: You were a member of a party that is known to be an anti-Islamic party, and even a film was made against the Prophet by the party ordering. While it seems that such parties have not acquired an exact knowledge of Islam, why they have taken such a stance on Islam?

Van Doorn: I have never been “extreme right”, neither is the PVV in fact. But I had -like many people- prejudges about Muslims. Like they are all fanatics, oppressing women, intolerant and hostile against the Western society and violant. Wilders as a person is a friendly and amiable men. Some of his points like critics on the EU, the financial system, and the crisis are valid in my opinion. But I do not share his negative vision of the Islam and the Arabic World. It is stigmatizing all Muslims. Creating fear and polarising is an easy way to mobilise people, as it appeals on their “gut feeling”, prejudges and bias.

MNA: After converting to Islam, what was the reaction of your former co-workers in the party?

Van Doorn: I have not spoken with Geert Wilders since I left the PVV. I don’t know. I have had no feedback what so ever. As you leave the PVV you are basically “non excisting” anymore. Former colleagues are scared to have contact with me. It is not good for their career within the PVV if they do. (…)

MNA: If you were to invite a non-Muslim to Islam, what are the most important features that you would refer to?

Van Doorn: As I said before: study Islam, step over your prejudges, and you will see that the Islam is actually a beautiful and very pure religion, with a great history and high standards. We take care for each other in prosperity and adversity. It gives innerpeace and wisdom, and it deepends your spiritual live. Life is more than money and materialism (the typical “western success factor”). You will become a stronger and better person.

Arnoud Van Doorn

MNA: In the West, Islam is generally accused of promoting terrorism, anti-human rights issues or maltreatment of women. What is your response to these charges?

Van Doorn: Again: prejudgement is the cause, based on lack of knowledge. You can find fanatics in any religion, all over the world. Unfortunately the 1% fanatics are showed on tv and other newsmedia, and their influence is magnified. 99% of the Muslims is hardworking and  peaceable. If more people will study the true Islam, the more people will see the beauty of it.

MNA: What do you think about the reasons behind some efforts to promote atheism in the world and what is your advice to those who are hesitant between belief and disbelief?

Van Doorn: I can only guess. The Western influencials and most politicians don’t like religion in any form. The less people belief, the more people are depending of other values, like economy, money, consumption and material prosperity. Western industrials want people basically to consume, instead of searching for inner strength. “Spending and consuming” should by the standard for happyness. “Believers” are stronger and less dependent of those issues. It is not in the interest of politicians and other influencials that people should become more independent of them and develop other insights. This is also what I tell them who are hesistant between belief and disbelief.

Finally:

I like to travel. I have been in Morocco (climbing the Toubkal in the snow), Algeria, Jordan and Egypt. I have friends in many countries. In june I am going to Iran accompanying a friend who is cycling around the world for 5 years. We will start at Shiraz, and we will cycle 2000 km across Iran into Turkey. I am looking forward to see Shiraz, Esfahan and Qom.

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Sekali lagi, kalimat terbaik dalam artikel yang aku baca ini adalah pada bagian:

“Again: prejudgement is the cause, based on lack of knowledge. You can find fanatics in any religion, all over the world. Unfortunately the 1% fanatics are showed on tv and other newsmedia, and their influence is magnified. 99% of the Muslims is hardworking and  peaceable. If more people will study the true Islam, the more people will see the beauty of it.”

Ini adalah berita besar dan nantinya, sampai bertahun-tahun kemudian, kisah hidup Arnoud Van Doorn akan tetap menjadi pembicaraan, terutama di kalangan orang Islam. Betapa banyak orang yang bersyukur, betapa banyak orang yang termenung dan berpikir bagaimana ini bisa, betapa banyak orang yang kemudian merasakan keimanan yang lebih kuat. Nanti, kisahnya akan banyak dijadikan materi studi kasus dalam kajian-kajian ke-Islam-an, mungkin di kampus, di organisasi-organisasi kerohanian, di masjid, di majalah-majalah…

Itulah yang terjadi dan mungkin akan terjadi, yang menunjukkan betapa orang Islam ingin agamanya dimengerti dan tidak disalahpahami. Namun, apakah moral dari cerita itu hanya sampai di situ?

Aku menulis ini hanya karena tiba-tiba aku berpikir dengan perspektif yang lain. Sama seperti orang Islam yang ingin dimengerti dan tidak disalahpahami, ada begitu banyak kelompok lain di luar Islam yang kita yakini yang juga ingin dimengerti dan tidak disalahpahami. Kelompok-kelompok itu bisa merupakan mereka yang berbeda dalam golongan, mazhab, organisasi, keyakinan, keyakinan agama, cara hidup, dan apa pun itu, yang menjadikan kita memandang mereka sebagai orang luar, bukan bagian dari kita. Kita, sebagai muslim, tidak imun dari fanatisme dan memiliki stigma dan prasangka pada orang-orang di luar kita. Sebagian dari kita adalah korban fanatisme dan stigma orang lain, tetapi di lain sisi kita pun menjadikan orang lain korban fanatisme dan stigma kita. Jika kunci perdamaian dan keharmonisan hidup bersama adalah dengan memiliki pengetahuan yang cukup tentang satu sama lain, mengapa kita tidak juga menjadi orang yang belajar tentang orang lain? Mengapa kita tidak juga menjadi orang yang bersedia mengenal orang lain?

Allah menjadikan kita berbeda-beda satu sama lain agar kita saling mengenal; agar kita saling belajar tentang keberadaan dan keadaan diri yang lain yang hidup di bawah langit yang sama dengan kita. Aku bertanya-tanya, mengapa harus mengenal. Kupikir sekarang, itu karena pada dasar penciptaannya, sekalipun ia adalah keadaan yang dibutuhkan demi keberlangsungan sistem kehidupan, perbedaan adalah sebab kehancuran. Mengenali perbedaan itu adalah antidote/ penangkal bagi kehancuran itu karena kita jadi berhenti menghendaki orang lain agar tidak berbeda dari kita. Mengenali perbedaan berarti memahami apakah perbedaan itu dan mengapa perbedaan terjadi dan dapat terjadi, bahwa ia sebagian disebabkan oleh takdir, sebagian oleh pilihan bebas diri. Pemaksaan untuk sama hanya menyamakan penampilan luar, tetapi tidak pada yang ada di dalam dada.

Ya, mari saling memahami.

4 thoughts on ““Why I converted to Islam: Van Doorn” and I say, “Lets understand each other.”

  1. “Mengapa kita tidak juga menjadi orang yang bersedia mengenal orang lain?” –> trkadang ada jg orang/kelompok lain yg menutup diri atau tdk terbuka.. hmm sya pikir jika apa yg kita yakini benar kenapa harus ‘menutup diri’..

    • Ada ya, orang atau kelompok yang seperti itu? Yang selama ini aku tahu justru sebaliknya. Karena meyakini apa yang diyakini benar, mereka membuka diri sedemikian rupa, ingin agar orang lain bisa ikut meyakini apa yang mereka yakini. Tetapi, untuk perkara saling memahami, “No way! Kami kan sudah benar, buat apa mendengarkan orang lain yang salah itu?”

      • sya menjumpai org2 pd kelompok tertentu, mereka tentu meyakini apa yg mereka yakini ‘benar’ cuman syangnya mereka menghindar untuk mendiskusikan apa yg mereka anggap benar itu.. sya pikir jk mereka yakin, sharusnya siap untuk dibenturkan keyakinannya.. dan yah krn sikap mereka yg demikian, otomatis susah bagi mereka utk membuka diri..

        oya terkait artikel diatas, sya baru ngeh setelah membaca pemberitaan ttg om van doorn ini. subhanallah ya orang yg dulunya sangat membenci islam sampai2 membuat film terkutuk Fitna, pd akhirnya masuk Islam.. dan yah org ‘seburuk’ van doorn pun berhak utk menerima dakwah islam..

    • Sebenarnya, yang diharapkan dalam setiap pertukaran sosial, misal itu ide tentang keyakinan, adalah keterbukaan baik pada kebenaran yang bisa jadi ada pada diri pihak lain maupun kesalahan yang bisa jadi pula ada pada diri sendiri. Itu kuncinya.

      Kalau mau dianalisis lebih jauh, misal kita ambil kasus Van Doorn ini, ia adalah orang yang bersedia memeriksa kembali keyakinan-keyakinannya sehingga akhirnya dia bisa menerima kelurusan agama Islam, dan mengakui bahwa dia pernah salah dalam memahami Islam.

      Kalau mau lebih jauh lagi, kembalikan itu pada diri kita sendiri. Bersediakah kita sebagai manusia juga memeriksa keyakinan-keyakinan kita yang mungkin tidak berdasar tentang orang lain? Jawaban bagi pertanyaan ini aku tahu, tidak mudah.

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