Daughter of Italian Parliamentarian Converts to Islam

Italians are in shock after the daughter of a parliamentarian announced her conversion to Islam and changed her name to Aysha. Manuela Franco Barbato is a 22 years old student at the Università L'orientale de Napoli. She is the daughter of Franco Barbato, a former parliamentarian representing the 'Italy of Values' party.

Her dad told a newspaper "This conversion is not just bad, but terrible because this religion is too harsh, too radical, too rigid. It is a fundamentalist religion. I am seeing this firsthand, my daughter lives with me. I see it every day. At the time of prayer, she does not even take care of the children and I get angry about it. If a baby cries, it means that he needs something, he needs his mom. I feel a lot of pain for this choice she has made for her life".

Manuela Franco Barbato converts to Islam wears Hijab

She wrote on facebook "The veil is what Allah has chosen for me, I am proud of the purity of my soul. This is the law of God, who am I to oppose it?". Her comments were met with a lot of hostility on social media as most Italians have generally negative views about Islam and Muslims.

Manuela Franco Barbato converts to Islam wears Hijab

Source: Italian daily newspaper "Il Giornale"