A former terrorist who converted to Christianity will tell his story this weekend at services marking the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11.
Kamal Saleem, 54, will speak at 5 p.m. Saturday and again at the 9 and 11 a.m. services Sunday at at 12121 Perry Highway in Wexford.
His speech will be videocast to North Way’s satellite churches in Sewickley and Oakland.
Author of The Blood of Lambs, Saleem writes about growing up in the heart of the Middle East as an Islamic radical. He was taught to hate Jews and Christians, but today is a devout Christian, according to the biography released in 2009.
Saleem participated in his first bloody mission for a militant Muslim group at the age of 7, according to his website, www.kamalsaleem.com.
As a young man he worked in terror operations under former PLO leader Yasser Arafat, and later worked and dined with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, the website states.
Saleem's conversion to Christianity was triggered in 1985 when he was seriously injured in an automobile accident in the U.S. and nursed back to health by three Christian men who showed him unconditional love, he said on his website.
Kaleem, who married an American Christian woman, waited until after the devastation of Sept. 11 “to come out of the closet” to reveal his past and begin a peaceful crusade to alert people around the world about the unjust violent Islamic tactics he has experienced, according to his website.
"Today, Kamal Saleem educates state and federal political leaders, military leaders, intelligence specialists, security officials and contractors, law enforcement agencies, foundations, non-profits, churches, synagogues, universities, military academies and receptive Muslim audiences on what he knows of the deadly enemy without – and the cancerous enemy within," his website states.
"Just as good souls in World War II might have loved the German people while hating the murderous, anti-Semitic system of Nazism that engulfed them, so Kamal Saleem courageously calls upon all Muslims to reject the engulfing, toxic system of Islamist hatred," states his website.