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Canadian Mom's Gripping Interview on Her Son's Conversion From 'Pacifist' to Radical Jihadist

Canadian Mom's Gripping Interview on Her Son's Conversion From 'Pacifist' to Radical Jihadist

He told her she should "burn in hell" if she did not convert.

"He stopped listening to music because it was a sin," a Canadian mother said of her son who converted to Islam. "He started to cut off contact with girls, then later, with boys who didn't share his vision."

The mother of one of approximately 50 Canadians currently under surveilance by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) for alleged terrorist activities abroad told CBC News that her son is unrecognizable today compared to who he once was before being recruited by a radical Islamic group online. 

He has since moved to Syria after completely rejecting his family, telling them to "burn in hell" if they did not convert, according to the Quebec woman. She said after her son converted to Islam, he was recruited online by a radical Islamist group.

She spoke to the Canadian Broadcast Network on condition of anonymity, saying she wanted to raise awareness, particularly among other parents, about the risks predators pose on young, impressionable minds.

The mother said her son was indeed a pacifist, making it more ironic that he is now bent on jihad. Still, it was his gentle, "generous nature," she believes his recruiters "played on."

The woman told CBC that her son became increasingly hostile and critical of Canadian society, saying, "Canadian laws are not good. It's Sharia law that should be applied."

"He is convinced that jihad is a part of the religion."

Sufi cleric Shaykh Omar Koné, who leads one of Montreal's largest congregations at al Iman mosque, told CBC that he is seeing an increase in the number of young people going the route of extremism and that clerics often try to guide them back, at times to no avail.

Watch below as a mother who lost her son to the grip of radical Islam speaks about her son's transformation into someone unrecognizable.

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