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Tony Blair's Sister-in-Law Converts to Islam

Booth – who works for Press TV, the English-language Iranian news channel – has stopped eating pork and reads the Qur’an every day.

Lauren Booth
Lauren Booth, whose articles are published here from time to time, is Tony Blair’s sister-in-law. She has converted to Islam following a 'holy experience' in Tehran.

(LONDON) - Tony Blair’s sister-in-law has converted to Islam after having what she describes as a “holy experience” during a visit to Iran.

Journalist and broadcaster Lauren Booth, 43 – Cherie Blair’s sister – now wears a hijab whenever she leaves her home, prays five times a day and visits her local mosque whenever she 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 said in an interview today.

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

Booth – who works for Press TV, the English-language Iranian news channel – has stopped eating pork and reads the Qur’an every day.

Booth has stopped drinking alcohol and says she has not wanted to drink since converting.

Before her spiritual awakening in Iran, she had been “sympathetic” to Islam and has spent considerable time working in Palestine, she said, adding that she hoped her conversion would help Blair change his presumptions about Islam.

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Danielis October 25, 2010 9:56 pm (Pacific time)

Temporary. But when she backslides, who will care?

Re: Anonymous' comment about stupid people converting to Islam. There are also stupid people who convert to Christianity.

Anonymous October 25, 2010 9:53 pm (Pacific time)

I have no idea what that story is doing in the news. Big deal. Everyday stupid people all over the world convert to Islam. Am I suppose to be happy? Excited? Disgusted? How about reporting the real news what is worse putting in the paper? The UK is lost, taken over by Radical Islam. There is no hope for the UK unless they start a mass deportation from everyone who is a Muslim. Otherwise, good by, It used to be such a great strong Country, just like the US. And we are getting there too.

Editor: Does this really mean you will be packing you bags then?  Come on, Tony Blair's sister in law turns to Islam and you think it isn't news?  Now that is downright funny.  Of course it is news, just not the news you want to hear.  I haven't had the pleasure of meeting Lauren but she is a friend of friends and I have only heard the greatest things.  You see some people care about humanity, I know that is a tough concept, but it is true.  

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