Daniel Streich Embraces Islam
Swiss Politician Bans Minarets then Converts to Islam
The Swiss politician Daniel Streich, who rose to fame
as a result of his opposition to mosques in his homeland, has now embraced
the faith he reviled.
Daniel Streich was a member of the Swiss People’s Party
(SVP) in Switzerland. A well-known politician, Streich led the calls for a
ban on minarets across Switzerland. He was active in building anti-Muslim
sentiments throughout Switzerland. This sustained campaign led to him being
given a high ranking position in the Swiss Army.
Switzerland Minaret Ban and Daniel Streich
Streich was an important member of the Swiss People’s
Party (SVP). His importance could be estimated from his influence on party’s
policy making, in which he always had a prominent role. His movement against
minarets was aimed at gaining political attention and interest. He won the
slot of military instructor in the Swiss Army due to his popularity.He was
also committed to his party (SVP) and stood as a local politician in the
commune of Bulle.
Daniel Streich Conversion to Islam
Streich attempted to understand the Qur’an and Islamic
teachings in order to argue against Muslims on tenets of their faith. In the
course of his efforts the ex-Christian began to agree with and acknowledge
the proclamations of the Qur’an.
Born in a Christian family, Streich had a comprehensive
study of Islam merely to malign and confront, but Islamic teachings had a
deep impact on him. Eventually he de-linked himself from political
activities and he embraced Islam. Streich has termed the SVO activities
against the Muslims as satanic.
He says that he used to read the Bible and often went
to chapel, but now he recites the Holy Quran and offers his prayers five
times a day. He further says that he cancelled his party membership and made
public his conversion. Streich says that he has found the truth of life in
Islam, which he could not find in Christianity.
“Islam offers me logical answers
to important life questions, which, in the end, I never found in
Christianity,” says Streich. He is now a committed Muslim, who
attends the mosque, recites the Qur’an and prays five times a day.
According to figures from the Union of Islamic
Organizations and Communities, some 3,000 to 5,000 Italians have recently
converted to Islam from Catholicism.
Post-Conversion Life for Daniel Streich
Recently the question of ban on minarets was put to
voting in Switzerland, wherein the Swiss nationals gave the issue a legal
As per voting results 42.5 per cent people voted in
favour of the minarets and 57.5 per cent supported the ban, while the Muslim
population in Switzerland is only 6 per cent. The most wondrous thing in
this regard, therefore, is the support of 42.5 per cent of population for
only six percent Muslims. The analysts claim that ban on minarets and
Islamic rituals has attracted the people towards Islam.
Streich has now focused his intentions on participating
in the building of the new Conservative Democratic Party in the canton of
Freiburg. Freich’s new movement is in contrast to his previous one and he
aims to promote religious tolerance and peaceful cooperative living, in
spite of the fact that ban on mosques minarets has gained a legal status.
He is vehemently opposed to the Minaret ban and is
hoping to establish Switzerland’s fifth mosque and the most beautiful in