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 thoughts on “Lauren Booth: Sister-in-law of Tony Blair converts to Islam”

  1. @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. @ 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: 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.

  4. @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

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