Lauren Booth: Sister-in-law of Tony Blair converts to Islam

Tony Blair’s sister-in-law, Lauren Booth, has converted to Islam. She had decided to become a Muslim after her visit to the shrine of Fatima al-Masumeh in the city of Qom, Iran. She converted immediately on her return to Britain.

On the Daily Mail, she is quoted saying, “I sat down and felt this shot of spiritual morphine, just absolute bliss and joy.

I always felt that the Ummah (Muslim community) is a very loving, peaceful place and I am proud to be a member of it.

Now I don’t eat pork and I read the Holy Quran every day. 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 burqa, she said, “Who knows where my spiritual journey will take me?”

15 Responses to Lauren Booth: Sister-in-law of Tony Blair converts to Islam

  1. zunaid ahmed November 1, 2010 at 6:39 pm #

    @lakhani @ yusha: thank you very much…… i was surprised only bcoz such practice is not being appreaciated in our society.
    I got a lot to know from you both through this article…..

  2. Shakir Lakhani November 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm #

    @ zunaid ahmed: There is nothing in Islam which says that women can’t pray in mosques. In Saudi Arabia, Middle East, Turkey, etc. women go to mosques but usually pray in a fenced area so that there is no physical contact with men (you can see this at the holy Kaaba during Ramadhan when Taravih is telecast live). During Haj, women and men do the rituals together (including performing the namaz before Muqam-e-Ibrahim, as well as other areas of the Haram Sharif).

  3. zunaid ahmed October 31, 2010 at 4:01 pm #

    @lakhani & @yusha :thank you gentlemen

  4. Mohammad Yusha October 31, 2010 at 2:18 am #

    @Zunaid: At the time of Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W.) it was normal for women to pray in mosques. However, as time progressed, it was deemed better for them to pray at home due to fitnah.

    In western countries, there is a separate area for women for Friday prayers. A lot of women pray in mosques on Friday.

    As far as the sentence “she visits a mosque whenever she can” is concerned, it simply means that a person devotes himself/herself to the best of their capability.

  5. zunaid ahmed October 31, 2010 at 12:05 am #

    @lakhani: Sir,can u make it clear how justified it is for a woman to visit mosque(as per norms of islam)??? for me, it is quite strange……………
    The very first incident of WOMEN VISITING TO MOSQUE i heard, was on the next day of eid. THat happened in MALDAH a town near KOLKATA in india. that day onwards i have a QUESTION MARK(?) in my abt this. PLZ DO MAKE IT CLEAR

  6. zunaid ahmed October 30, 2010 at 11:54 pm #

    i do agree my opening scentence in first comment shows my agnorence…………………………….. THANKS TO Mr. YUSHA FOR RIGHT COMMAND……………….. THANKS TO Mr. LAKHANI FOT THE KIND REPLY

  7. Mohammad Yusha October 30, 2010 at 6:07 am #

    @Zunaid: The opening sentence of your first comment shows your ignorance. Also, your accusations are based on your opinions. Very lame.

  8. Moulana Hussain October 29, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

    Wish for the very best success of her future.
    Religions right is a form of human rights. I also one of a God believers. We really need to accept the fact that Lady Bouth has converted into Islam. There is no other opinion that relegions are one of the main contributors to dividence of the mankind. What is the religion the God is favour?. Is it islam or Christianity? Is that the quality of the God to be favour for one and unfavour to the other.
    Are those qualities really attributable to the God?
    My first religion is humanity. So my opinion my religion is to look at the convertance of Lady Bouth in the way I mentioned.

  9. Shakir Lakhani October 29, 2010 at 5:02 pm #

    Except in Saudi Arabia, women are not encouraged to pray in mosques, certainly not in Pakistan. “Visiting the mosque whenever she can” seems to have been inserted by the writer, because even in England I’ve not seen women praying in mosques (let alone five times a day). Although I suppose some mosques throughout the world may have women praying on Fridays.

  10. Mohammad Yusha October 29, 2010 at 2:05 am #

    @Zunaid: Can you back your accusation with something concrete?

  11. zunaid ahmed October 28, 2010 at 10:46 pm #

    @hendos:: she has joined a hindu group or a muslim cant be justified by anyone………… for becoming muslim she has adopted three changes in her ………….(1)she covers her head and (2)given up alcohol………… if i m not wrong, a hindu lady also have the trdition of covering her head and they too dont take alcohol……………………….. but the third change (3) “she vists mosque whenever she can” is what????? this thing is neither practiced by hindu lady nor by a muslim lady……. as far my personal view is concerned, she is neither a muslim nor a hindu…. she is what she was….

  12. Shakir Lakhani October 28, 2010 at 4:05 pm #

    Who was Fatima al-Masumeh? It seems that our new Muslim sister has apparently joined the Shia sect (not the sunni version). Correct me if I’m wrong.

  13. hendos October 28, 2010 at 11:02 am #

    “It was a Tuesday evening and I sat down and felt this shot of spiritual morphine, just absolute bliss and joy”

    spiritual morphine? bliss and joy???????

    She has joined a Hindu hippy cult members of which dress with headscarves and she thinks she became muslim.

    give her a few days she will come out of it.

  14. zunaid ahmed October 27, 2010 at 9:10 pm #

    CAN AYONE PLZ EXPLAIN THE MEANING OF ‘SHE VISITS A MOSQUE WHEN SHE CAN’ IN THE SCENTENCE “”She now covers her head with a hijab when she leaves home, has given up alcohol and visits a mosque ‘when she can’.””
    Read more:

  15. zunaid ahmed October 27, 2010 at 9:02 pm #

    convering to muslim is not at all important…….. ahem baat ahi ki woh islam ke basics ko bhi follow kare(not only for this case), what not even a fraction of muslims across the globe is doing…….IN THIS PERTICULAR CASE, CONVERSION IS JUST TO GAIN PUBLICITY & TALKS ACROSS GLOBE…………

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