Awad Olwan, 74, a retired imam in Fisksätra in Nacka, outside of Stockholm, sweden. That is the ”Great host, he talks about his road from the british vänsterman to a religious muslim leader, in a way that is surprising, it was the Jehovah's witnesses.
He came to Sweden as a 20-year-old in 1967, most recently in Iraq, where he has been working for a few years, and was active in the Swedish left wing. He was a founding member of Palestinagrupperna and the Palestinian arbetarförbundet.
Awad Olwan worked as a isoleringsmontör and have taxifirma. He tells the story of how he, as a palestinian, was received with open arms by the English, the left, and the way he involved himself in trade union.
Met with the ^ Aid of a " We met regularly at the home of Jan Guillou. There I met the elite of young Swedish Palestinarörelsen. They were doctors, diplomats, and journalists, " he says, in the ”Summer in P1”.
at this point, he met his wife-to-be. They had three children, bought a semi-detached houses. He started his own taxi company, they purchased a vacation home with a beach house.
" Longer than that, so may people can hardly get in Sweden. However, something was missing. I felt the stress and the weariness, " says Awad Olwan of the program.
the Jehovah's witnesses knocked on a door,
and He wanted to make the most out of their life and the chance came when two of the missionaries from the Jehovah's witnesses knocked on a door. His wife didn't want to let them in, but he took their papers, and promised to visit the church in Orminge, outside Stockholm, sweden.
" I have studied the Bible with them for a couple of years. I liked them as people, but they could not accept their dogma, so I wasn't able to convert, " he says.
in Parallel with the meetings of Jehovah's witnesses, he also went regularly to the mosque on Södermalm in Stockholm, sweden. He said that he had neglected his relationship with God for many years, and now back to the ”this is the highest gain”.
of His religious commitment has deepened, and eventually led to their divorce. He is married to a muslim woman.
Awad Olwan was the imam of the muslim congregation in Fisksätra. There he also took the initiative to ”God's house”, a centre for collaboration between the christians and the muslims. He called it ”a learning centre, a meeting place for a cup of coffee, spontaneous conversation, and integration.
”the house of God,” caught the attention of the media, the politicians looked up to him, and there were also international delegations to visit. However, he says that religious interaction is controversial, and it has led to, ended up on a collision course with many in their congregation.
A couple of tidningsintervjuer led to the break up of its own members. To a question, he said that the death penalty for muslims who leave their faith, is contrary to the Qur'an express the sense of the word. He explained that the niqab, the veil that covers everything but the eyes, has no positive function in Sweden.
" It was a storm of criticism in our church. I have decided to retire and have never regretted that decision, " says Awad Olwan, adding that he didn't have the strength to fight against the fundamentalists.
" let the spirit of God in your life. We have the kind of society we are creating. Say: inshallah, please say so, and we can do it together, is the slutklämmen, in his ”Summer in P1”.
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