Tony Blair's sister-in-law converts to Islam

LONDON — The sister-in-law of former prime minister Tony Blair has converted to Islam following a visit to Iran, saying she is a "proud member" of the Muslim community.

Lauren Booth has given up alcohol and pork, prays five times a day and has not ruled out wearing a burqa in the future, she told The Mail on Sunday.

The 43-year-old journalist and reality television contestant underwent the religious conversion following a visit to the holy Iranian city of Qom six weeks ago.

She said that when she was in Iran, "I sat down and felt this shot of spiritual morphine, just absolute bliss and joy."

Speaking to the newspaper after a multi-faith Global Peace and Unity Event in London on Saturday, Booth said: "What I wanted to share with you today is that I am Lauren Booth and I am a Muslim.

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

Booth, who works for the English language Iranian news channel Press TV, has frequently criticised her brother-in-law, accusing the former leader of being biased towards Israel and the United States in his role as Middle East peace envoy.

She wrote a scathing open letter in last month's far-left newspaper Morning Star.

"Personally I've never understood this fear of 'political Islam'," she wrote.

"It seems to me that religious people should always be educated on world events rather than kept in ignorance. Like, say, Midwest Christian Zionists in the US."

After attending a rally in Iran to mourn Palestinian deaths in cities including Rafah and Nablus, Booth wrote: "Do you recognise these place names, Tony?

"As Middle East envoy, you really should. Israel has massacred children in all of these cities. Didn't you know?"

She was refused entry to Israel and Egypt after travelling from Cyprus to Gaza on an activist ship which was protesting the blockade of Palestinian territory.

Religious enlightenment is not unknown in the family with brother-in-law Tony converting to Catholicism in December 2007.

Booth is the half-sister of Blair's wife Cherie, a human rights lawyer.
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I'm from very strong christian family, but my dad was very flexible person. I was sick the whole time, the head of Islam treated me without any payments. He loves me as his daughter, he made the water, I got healthier with his power. I wont forget when i was a child.

Even here in my school, I got friends from Turkish men and women although I dont like Islam friends online. They are so nice in real life.They dont smoke and drink. Many of Turkish students here are good, they protect me as their sister. I told my Turkish friends, i will never forget them.

But i still cant handle online people, I think Islam people in real life is so nice. bouquet bouquet bouquet
Now i done school, I will misss them.... I love them so much!sad flower sad flower
is there anyone who really gives a f**k about this?
Considering what a fuc*ing tosser Tony Blair is, its no great surprise to learn that mental instability runs in his family.
so she is a Islamic loviing cur who cares she will be a non person in Israel.
Not surprising really, maybe it's why he put so much effort into converting Britain to Islam.
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