“Reversion” personified: “My name is Lauren Booth, and I am a Muslim”. Hardly news, but now official.

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    25th October 2010

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    Another upload of this video from Islam Channel LIVE says – “Lauren Booth reverts LIVE at the GPU”

    At around 2:50 in the video on her spiritual “morphine moment”  – [spiritual morphine? Doesn’t morphine DULL the senses as well as the pain (the pain of being free to convert/revert)?] – at the ”Global Peace and Unity event, this once Roman Catholic woman says proudly, her young daughter by her side – “My name is Lauren Booth and I am a Muslim.”

    To each his/her own. Although quite why she had to make this religious (political) statement in public is worth asking. Clearly HER religious beliefs are not private and personal, for reasons best known to herself.

    In case you thought by the shots of the audience that this event was in the Middle East, it wasn’t. It took place at Excel, London, yesterday and Saturday.

    Latest convert - sorry, reversionist to Islam, Lauren Booth. Refusing to discount the possibility that she might wear a burka, she said: ‘Who knows where my spiritual journey will take me?’ As far away from Britain as possible. Hopefully.

    This commitment to Islam is hardly news to me anyway, if it is to her. She was clearly heading that way when she said at a Gaza protest in London –  “we are all Palestinians now”. And when she started working for Iran’s Press TV some years ago, and when she wore her oh-so-suitable and requisite head-covering when broadcasting her anti-west rants in an Islamic country, as in the picture on the right.

    SO WHAT’S ALL THIS ‘REVERSION’ BUSINESS?

    It is worth noting the use of the word “reverts” in the title of this version of her conversion. No other religion has the bare-faced audacity to claim that we were all Christian/Jewish/Hindus/Buddhists etc at birth. But we were ALL MUSLIMS first, don’t you know? Even before we were born into our Christian/Jewish/Hindu/Buddhist families. Even before Islam itself appeared on the religious/political horizon.  Even though Islam was the last of the three major “Abrahamic” religions to find itself.

    What senseless processing of upside-down thinking. To describe this self-servicing nonsense as “illogical” is to be euphemistic to a dangerous degree. Apologies if you accept this innate or learned doltishness. You should understand that many millions of us don’t, can’t, and never will. So, what are you going to do about it, bully boys?

    Below, in these sections on Reversion and Apostasy, it may become clearer to you just why I ask this question in what some might describe as a confrontational manner. Read on Macduff …

    1. ‘REVERSION’ (‘conversion’, to non-Muslims) – explained here at Islam Online

    We want to introduce you to the use of the term reverting to Islam instead of converting. This term is used among Muslims because we believe all babies are born Muslim and are socialized into different religions by their parents; so when a person enters into Islam, he or she is ‘coming back to’ or ‘reverting’ to their original religion.

    And if you accept that you also worship at the altar of the consistent logic that says we were all Romans first, including those of the  Egyptian Empire which preceded the Roman Empire by 4000 years.

    Ms Booth in her new-found ‘enlightened’ existence promises – “I will seek to serve the Ummah as best I can”. [Ummah = Muslim peoples.] But quite why she prayed to Allah, PRIOR to converting reverting to Islam is beyond my simple understanding.  As my Christian minister in Scotland used to say repeatedly, in order to quell doubters no doubt – “God is beyond our comprehension”. And so, some may say, may God remain.

    Others might suggest sweet Lauren is showing the way forward for Guardianistos and even for David Cameron [of Gaza – “prison camp” infamy].

    Perhaps it escapes some minds that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a Muslim to “revert” back out of Islam.

    2. ‘APOSTASY’ (leaving Islam)

    [Apostasy in Islam – sorry this ‘explanation’ is so long-winded, but Islam requires a lot of wriggle room, I have found.] It rambles about and argues this and that, against itself at times, as is often Islam’s hook-dodging habit. But perhaps this excerpts sums it up: [MY BOLDING]

    ‘These verses clarify the command “seize them and kill them”. The apostates who rejected Islam by failing to emigrate as commanded by God are divided into three categories:

    • 1)      Those who ally themselves with a group with whom Muslims have a peace treaty;
    • 2)      Those who want to keep neutrality, committing themselves to peace with both the Muslims and their own people who had not accepted Islam;
    • 3)      Those who provide no real guarantee of peace to Muslims and by all indications ally themselves with non-believers engaged in hostilities towards Islam.

    The first two types of apostates are to be left in peace while the third one is to be treated like any non-believers in a state of war: they are to be seized and killed wherever they are found. Notice that the Qur`an uses the words “God has opened no way for you against them” in connection with the apostates of the first two types. This means that the Qur`an actually prohibits killing those apostates who want to live in peaceful terms with the Muslims.

    Thus according to the Qur`an the apostates are to be treated like other kuffar: If they want to live in peace with the Muslims, they are to be left in peace and if they assume a hostile attitude, then they are to be treated accordingly.’

    Thousands of Deadly Islamic Terror Attacks Since 9/11 [Graphic, updated daily, from “Religion of Peace” here.]

    So, in this world where Muslims kill in terrorists attacks almost daily, if we, non-Muslims or complaining Muslims such as former Islamist terrorist Tawfik Hamid don’t assume a non-hostile attitude(!) in response we are to be treated as apostates according to the good books of Islam. In other words if you defend freedom, freedom of religion, conversion, the rights of women, apostates, adulterers or homosexuals – loosen your shirt collar for that beheading, my ‘hostile’ friends.

    “Kuffar” in case you don’t know are unbelievers. Unbelievers in (pure) Islam, that is … whatever that is.

    And this information is from a site which aspires to be an authority on Islam.

    Information from the YouTube site:

    wais910 | 23 October 2010

    Lauren Booth went to the mosque of Hazrat Ma’suma (as) – the sister of the 8th Imam of the AhlulBayt(as), Imam Redha (as) – is buried in Iran.

    It is in the city of Qom, where Hazrat Ma’suma(as) died. Imam Redha(as) died in another city called Mashad.

    I think when sister Lauren Booth hears the psuedo-salafis (wahabi influenced) telling her “shias and iran are kaafir and mushriks, etc” she will be very shaken from such an arrogant / unity-breaking mindset. May Allah(swt) protect her from any physical and spiritual and ideological harm.

    Oh Ummah of Muhammad(sawa)! LET US UNITE!

    So even this YouTube Channel highlights the differences within and throughout Islam. Facts of which the naive and gullible Ms Booth seems to be entirely unaware.

    Perhaps her new friends will help Lauren, who once appeared in the reality TV show – I’m a Celebrity, Get me out of Here”  – pay off her debt to her sister Cherie, recently secured. Cherie, it seems, lent her half-sister Lauren £10,000 but only after a lot of thought. Since Lauren has been and still is an outspoken critic of Mr Blair Cherie was probably half-hearted in her willingness to help the black sheep of the family. But, truly Christianly and lawyerly-like, she did in the end. Though Lauren had to sign a several-page legal document drawn up by Cherie to secure the funds. Very wise, Cherie.

    Even Ms Booth’s poor brainwashed pre-teen daughter, clearly a convert too, praises Allah. Or says something earth-shatteringly well received in a language which she now contentedly considers truly hers, morphine-like in its addiction.

    What about your child, our mother, your home when Palestinians bomb them, Lauren? Or when Islamist fundamentalist terrorists do? Allah’s will?

    Not that her trip to that bastion of freedom, Iran, tells us anything about the poor woman’s state of mind. Doctor, doctor!

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    Excerpt below from Daily Mail

    Tony Blair’s sister-in-law has converted to Islam after having a ‘holy experience’ in Iran.

    Broadcaster and journalist Lauren Booth, 43 – Cherie Blair’s half-sister – said she now wears a hijab head covering whenever she leaves her home, prays five times a day and visits her local mosque ‘when I can’.

    She decided to become a Muslim six weeks ago after visiting the shrine of Fatima al-Masumeh in the city of Qom.

    ‘It was a Tuesday evening and I sat down and felt this shot of spiritual morphine, just absolute bliss and joy,’ she told The Mail on Sunday.

    When she returned to Britain, she decided to convert immediately.

    ‘Now I don’t eat pork and I read the Koran every day. I’m on page 60.

    ‘I also haven’t had a drink in 45 days, the longest period in 25 years. The strange thing is that since I decided to convert I haven’t wanted to touch alcohol, and I was someone who craved a glass of wine or two at the end of a day.’

    Refusing to discount the possibility that she might wear a burka, she said: ‘Who knows where my spiritual journey will take me?’

    Before her awakening in Iran, she had been ‘sympathetic’ to Islam and has spent considerable time working in Palestine. ‘I was always impressed with the strength and comfort it gave,’ she said of the religion.

    Miss Booth, who works for Press TV, the English-language Iranian news channel, has been a vocal opponent of the war in Iraq.

    In August 2008 she travelled to Gaza by ship from Cyprus, along with 46 other activists, to highlight Israel’s blockade of the territory. She was subsequently refused entry into both Israel and Egypt.

    In 2006 she was a contestant on the ITV reality show I’m A Celebrity .  .  . Get Me Out Of Here!, donating her fee to the Palestinian relief charity Interpal.

    She said she hoped her conversion would help Mr Blair change his presumptions about Islam.

    Read more at the Daily Mail

    [Pic above. Influential position: Lauren Booth hopes her conversion will have an influence on how her brother-in-law – former Prime Minister Tony Blair – views Islam. Mr Blair is pictured here with his wife – Lauren’s half-sister – Cherie Blair]

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    On the other hand – here is Tony Blair defending Islam (audio only) and part 2 here. There is no information provided, except the uploaded date of June 2010.  I believe it would have been in the last few weeks of his time as Prime Minister, between April and June 2007. He refers to the Siddiqui Report which was released in April 2007. According to more recent reports and even his own book where he asks “if the war on terror is not a war, what is it?”, Mr Blair has been re-articulating his thoughts.

    Video: Tony Blair, Washington Institute speech, on defeating the narrative of Islamist terrorism

    So does Tony Blair still today, October 2010, believe that Islam is unquestionably and without reservation a ‘religion of moderation and modernity’?

    He still works with determination and conviction to bring religions together. But that is another matter.

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    33 Responses to ““Reversion” personified: “My name is Lauren Booth, and I am a Muslim”. Hardly news, but now official.”

    1. khan Says:

      congratulation to lauren booth on accepting islam and all the muslim community cogratulate her . i heartdly offer to lauren to make marriage with me .i m 44 and will serve her

    2. celia walters Says:

      What will her husband say or has he reverted too

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        Lauren and her husband? I’m not sure if they are still together. He had a serious accident last summer, and at this article it looks as though Lauren upset her mother-in-law by writing about it on Facebook.

        In March this year they all decided to come back from France to this country. But he had a lot of problems after his accident and with drink, she says. It seems she had to borrow from Cherie – £10,000 along with a contract from Cherie on paying it back! Or so the papers say. So, in other words, we don’t really know if there was a contract.

        But her personal marital situation (see her interview here in March) may partly explain why she has “converted” to Islam. She can’t be the greatest mates with Cherie and Tony, since she spends most of her time criticising him. So she may feel the need for a new “family” and feels Islam is it.

        In other words, she may not be behaving rationally. Pity.

    3. صوت المعلمات Says:

      قناة العربية التي حرفت كلام Journalist Lauren Booth لاتمثلنا كعرب او مسلمين وهذا الرأي ليس جديد

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        With the help of an online translator, I have worked out that this says:

        “Al-Arabiya, which distorted the words of Journalist Lauren Booth Atmthelna to Arabs or Muslims, and this view is not new.”

        Sorry, but I don’t understand what you mean.

        عذرا ، لكن أنا لا أفهم ماذا يعني لك

    4. Sarah Says:

      Why are you so animated about Ms Booth and her religious affairs?

      Yes, she does choose to attract publicity, and she has done just that – she is a journalist after all.

      Ignore her if you don’t like her or her actions. Is it really worth getting so worked up about?

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        I’m “animated” as you put it – “interested” is the word I’d use, because I think it is of some significance that Lauren Booth made such a public BIG deal of her conversion – reversion, I suppose you’d call it.

        Why didn’t she just convert quietly? Why make a performance of it? Mainly, as I see it, because she has some perverted dislike of her own culture, perhaps even her own family. Her own father doesn’t seem to rate her.

        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1324985/Cherie-Blair-I-says-father-Tony-Booth-reveals-diverse-emotions-feels-high-profile-daughters.html

        Not that he ever has been fond of her, according to this article. Having said that, I do NOT admire him for speaking thus about his own daughter. And possibly this distance between them both points to a deeper problem for her. She may be seeking something she seems to have been denied. Love and togetherness. Well, if she didn’t give out so much vitriol against her own, perhaps it’d be more forthcoming.

        She seems now to want to show the distance between them – her family, culture and country – and her. To make, in other words, a political point. If you believe this conversion is simply ‘seeing the light’ as it were, I don’t think you understand all her motivation.

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        Sarah,

        Your other name isn’t Lauren, by any chance? If so, please understand that I have no personal dislike for you. I don’t know you, so how could I? I just think you may be a touch misguided. I certainly DO believe Tony Booth, your father (?), is not being entirely fair or even adult in his recent statements.

    5. Sarah Says:

      Firstly, thank you for your two replies.

      “Why didn’t she just convert quietly? Why make a performance of it? Mainly, as I see it, because she has some perverted dislike of her own culture……”

      Ms Booth did ‘convert’ quietly, but she announced it for the first time in public at the GPU event, which quickly and unsurprisingly made it into the press. I would guess the “performance” part of it is hard to avoid, seeing as she was on a stage. Not the usual route, but we aren’t all journalists nor do all of us like to live our lives in the public eye. I wonder did you get this upset when Yvonne Ridley ‘converted’ to Islam? Two female hacks ‘converting’ to Islam within a ten year period, in media terms that is probably a trend.

      I find it interesting to note that you follow on from her choice of speaking at a public event with assuming she has a “perverted dislike of her own culture”. She has chosen to follow a different religion, nothing more. As you are aware, culture and religion are very different subjects.

      Regarding your second reply, don’t you have Ms Booth’s contact details? It would be easier to contact her direct if you did.

      Best regards

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        Hi Sarah,

        You’re wlecome.

        OK, let me put this another way. Why did she “announce it” on a stage, AND, btw, with her daughter too seemingly “converting”?

        Of course the performance is hard to avoid, when one is performing. There should have been no need to perform, as it were, if it was only between her and Allah. The whole business would be seen as more genuine if the press had just discovered, in their usual way, that she was now a Muslim.

        Yes, I got equally irritated by Yvonne Ridley’s conversion. Odd as it may seem I have issues with those who work for Iran and/or Press TV.

        If you really think that religion is a different subject from culture, well, perhaps you have something to learn about the culture that the Islamic religion has spawned, or at least as some Muslims see it. Some of Islam’s proponents insist that it is written in their Holy books that they must kill the infidel, in case you didn’t know. The trouble is they are right. It is so written. For that reason those who do NOT agree that Islam should be about killing ‘the other’ are rarely heard. The koran, as Mohammed said, cannot be changed, unlike the Bible, which is updated as mores and culture change.

        No, I do not have Ms Booth’s contact details. Unless you know something I don’t.

        My e-mail address is, more or less: blairsupporter AT hotmail.co.uk

    6. Stan Says:

      It’s not Ms Booth converting to Islam I object to but her alignment with Muslim extremists by working for an Iranian news channel, taking part in that Gaza flotilla provocation and generally being a mouthpiece for their causes.

    7. Ibn Fulan Says:

      Well, the article is actually the freshest on this laudable topic. I concur with your conclusions and will thirstily seem forward to your future updates.

    8. James Harlow Says:

      Why have Tony Blair and George Bush Jnr not been summoned to the Hague for their evil war crimes? Lauren Blair should be given the Nobel Piece prize and Blair and Bush should be behind bars for murdering innocent children and the people of Iraq, Afganistan and Gaza.

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        Because, you stupid fool, neither Bush nor Blair have committed war crimes.

        I’m not usually rude to people who comment here, but you’ve caught me at a bad moment.

        You people, ALL of you who think like this, should be decorating the nearest lamppost.

        I’m sick of the lot of you. Without Bush and Blair people in Iraq would still be dying at the hands of their own leaders – the evil Saddam and his sons. If they are dying today it is not the handiwork of Bush and Blair but insurgents – Muslims – Iraqis, Iranians and others intent on preventing and destroying democracy. Open your dull eyes.

        Go here and see some pictures of what Saddam Hussein did to those he didn’t like in HIS OWN country. You didn’t notice. YOU didn’t care. Some of us did, including Bush and Blair.

        As for Gaza – *OLLOCKS!!!

        The CIFWATCH site is a mine of information – TRUE information on the REAL villains there. So you can ignore that site, and the facts in your usual stupid way.

        Go away. I’m not in the mood for your puerile, ignorant rantings.

    9. James Harlow Says:

      Always remember that they lied to us to justify their illegal action of going to war. THEY LIED!

    10. James Harlow Says:

      WAR IS NEVER AN ANSWER. If Tony Blair was a true leader he would have found and alternative to war instead of being Bush’s lap dog. True piece makers are true leaders. Not ones whose only conclusion is to pepper bomb Baghdad which war heads packed with depleted Uranium.

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        UNFORTUNATELY WAR IS OFTEN AN ANSWER.

        It was the answer to Naziism and it may be the only answer, apart from surrender, to Islamofascism, which is what the world is suffering right now, while in denial.

        Ignorant peaceniks like you will still be saved by those of us with the guts to recognise this.

        Blair’s Doctrine of Interventionism and his action against Christians in Kosovo – Christians who were ethnically cleansing Muslims – proves that Blair was no lap dog. He may even have inspired Bush, as he inspired Clinton.

        He was, perhaps still is, the Churchill of our age.

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