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Monday, September 21, 2009

This Defies Logic: 11/26 victim embraces Islam

RJ forwarded this link and asked me, "Can you explain this?" No, I cannot. But if you can, let me know ~~t

WILMINGTON-- After surviving a terrorist attack in Mumbai, India, 10 months ago, when armed men targeted westerners in two five-star hotels, Greenville resident Dennis O'Brien did not turn to hate. Instead, he sought to understand the root faith the people behind the attacks claimed to practice and discovered it had been twisted by the gunmen.

Eventually, he came to embrace it.

On Sunday, standing before a crowd of thousands, following prayers to mark
the end of Ramadan, O'Brien, a Catholic, embraced Islam in a testimony of faith
called Shahada, where he publically declared that there was only one God and the
Prophet Muhammad is his last messenger and servant.

O'Brien, who heads up the education committee of St. Anthony's Catholic
Church in Wilmington, said the move was a surprise, even to him.

But said he was at peace with it. "Today I feel free of sin," he
said. Trauma leads Del. man on journey of faith


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