Friday, January 02, 2009

Mosab Hassan Yousef

Mosab Hassan is the son of a founding member of Hamas. He became the leader of the Islamic Youth Movement, fought Israelis, celebrated homicide bombings, recruited radicals to the movement. Rather than pushing up the daisies, he eventually found himself imprisoned in an Israeli jail. That seemed to have been a turning point in his life.

Today, he resides in San Diego, California; a Christian evangelical convert. It appears that earlier this year, he decided to go public with his conversion, as a means to help Palestinians and the "messed up" situation with the Middle East and Islam. This has put his family back home in a difficult predicament since they are quite famous and respected amongst Muslims.
Mr Yousef said that his father, who has spent more than a decade in Israeli jails for his involvement with Hamas, was in prison when he "got the worst news in his life" - that his son had become a Christian and left Ramallah. "But at the same time he sent me a message of love.

"Everybody is asking him to disown me. You understand if he disowns me he will give terrorists a chance to kill me. "He loves me as a son and he believes that what I've done was something I believed in, but at the same time it's very difficult for him to understand and he won't be able to understand."

Many saw him as heir apparent to his father, who retains great influence both within Hamas and in Palestinian society, winning election to the Palestinian Legislative Council in January 2006 from his prison cell.

But Mr Yousef said that his questioning of Islam and Hamas began early. His father, a pragmatist who has even suggested Hamas would be willing to talk to Israel under certain conditions, would often accept his concerns, such as the targeting of civilians.

Mr Yousef said that his doubts about Islam and Hamas crystallised when he realised not all Hamas leaders were like his father, a moderate who he describes as "open-minded, very humble and honest".

Mr Yousef said that he was appalled by the brutality of the movement, including the suicide bombers seeking glory through jihad.

"Hamas, they are using civilians' lives, they are using children, they are using the suffering of people every day to achieve their goals. And this is what I hate," he said.

It was after a chance encounter nine years ago with a British missionary that Mr Yousef began exploring Christianity.

He found it "exciting", he said, and began secretly studying the Bible, struck by the central tenet "love your enemies".

Nevertheless he does not advocate the "collapse of Islam", but rather for people to acknowledge that after 1,400 years "it's not working any more".

He said: "It's not taking them anywhere. It's making them look ugly."
al-Qaeda has already issued a death sentence on him.

Jonathan Hunt interview:

JONATHAN HUNT: What specific event or events began to change your mind about Islam?

MOSAB HASSAN YOUSEF: When I was 18 years old, and I was arrested by the Israelis and was in an Israeli jail under the Israeli administration, Hamas had control of its members inside the jail and I saw their torture; (they were) torturing people in a very, very bad way.

JONATHAN HUNT: Hamas members torturing other Hamas members?

MOSAB HASSAN YOUSEF: Hamas leaders! Hamas leaders that we see on TV now, and big leaders, responsible for torturing their own members. They didn't torture me, but that was a shock for me, to see them torturing people: putting needles under their nails, burning their bodies. And they killed lots of them.

JONATHAN HUNT: Why were they torturing people?

MOSAB HASSAN YOUSEF: Because they suspected that they had relations with the Israelis and (were) co-operating with the Israeli occupation against Hamas ... So hundreds of people were victims for this, and I was a witness for about a year for this torture. So that was a huge change in my life. I started to open my (eyes), but, the point (is) that I got that there are good Muslims and bad Muslims. Good Muslims, such as my father, and bad Muslims, like those Hamas members in the jail torturing people.
So that was the beginning of opening my eyes wide.

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JONATHAN HUNT: Tell me about Hamas and the way it works. Is Hamas a purely Islamic religious organization as you see it, and that's where, in your eyes, its faults lie, or are there other parts of it which are a problem for you? Or is Hamas a good organization? What is Hamas to you?

MOSAB HASSAN YOUSEF: If we talk about people, there are good people everywhere. Everywhere. I mean, good people that God created.
Do they do their own things? Yes, they do their own things. I know people who support Hamas but they never got involved in terrorist attacks, for example ... They follow Hamas because they love God and they think that Hamas represents God. They don’t have knowledge, they don't know the real God and they never studied Christianity. But Hamas, as representative for Islam, it's a big problem.


The problem is not Hamas, the problem is not people. The root of the problem is Islam itself as an idea, as an idea. And about Hamas as an organization, of course, the Hamas leadership, including my father, they're responsible; they're responsible for all the violence that happened from the organization.

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JONATHAN HUNT: Do you believe that Israel can ever strike a peace deal with Hamas?

MOSAB HASSAN YOUSEF: There is no chance. Is there any chance for fire to co-exist with the water? There is no chance. Hamas can play politics for 10 years, 15 years; but ask any one of Hamas' leaders, 'Okay, what's going to happen after that? Are you just going to live and co-exist with Israel forever?' The answer is going to be no ... unless they want to do something against the Koran. But it's their ideology and they can't just say 'We're not going to do it.' So there is no chance. It's not about Israel, it's not about Hamas: it's about both ideologies. There is no chance.

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21 Comments:

Blogger shoprat said...

Great minds must think alike. I did a much shorter alert on him with a You-Tube interview.

You gave so much more.

Friday, January 02, 2009 6:18:00 PM  
Blogger Average American said...

Nice to hear of at least 1 Muslim converted. Now we need to convert the other billion and a half of them.

Friday, January 02, 2009 9:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Muslims love dying.
Maybe they should all visit California to see that living is good.

They kill any of their own that stand out differently.

What a religion?

Saturday, January 03, 2009 7:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Muslims love dying.
Maybe they should all visit California to see that living is good.

They kill any of their own that stand out differently.

What a religion?

Saturday, January 03, 2009 7:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Muslims love dying.
Maybe they should all visit California to see that living is good.

They kill any of their own that stand out differently.

What a religion?

Saturday, January 03, 2009 7:33:00 PM  
Blogger Z said...

Average American..>THAT IS SO FUNNY!

I heard this kid on TV...only the last five minutes tonight (actually, I am hoping they're replaying it now so I have to run!) and he said he feels he's on this earth to start a Christian conversion of more and more muslims.

I swear I'd send this kid money.

They could become BUDDHISTS or Hari Krishnas, too.........JUST DON"T WANT US DEAD, OKAY? I want our world back!

Saturday, January 03, 2009 9:10:00 PM  
Blogger GoldenSam said...

What a bunch of sheep? Let's ask some questions before we all drink the Kool-Aid.

How did this terrorist get a visa to visit the US? How can he be surprised that Hamas is a brutal organization and that suicide bombers want to inflict civilian casualties? How can he pretend that Islam is more, or less, violent than any of the other religions: from inquisition, to the Salem Trials by Christians, to massacres again civilian Palestinians in refugee camps by Israel. Get real everyone. He just may be a plant by Hamas.

Sunday, January 04, 2009 12:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Mark Carbone said...

GoldenSam,
You obviously didn't watch the special. Sure, how did he get in our country so easily

That's not the issue. It's that he was so high up in Hamas and got out and is now a Christian.

How could he be a plant. What's to gain. His entire family is now on notice. He's got death threats and what matters is he is opening up the conversation that Islam is not this great religion the bias media in the US tries to make us believe it is.

He's opened the door for us to start talking.

Sunday, January 04, 2009 12:38:00 PM  
Blogger christian soldier said...

Mosab Hassn Yousef has become an hero of mine...and I pray for his protection....

Sunday, January 04, 2009 4:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey GoldenSam: this Joesph is the real deal and not a Hamas plant. He has a death sentence on him and if he were a plant every other radical Muslim would have to know he is a plant so they don't kill him. The Lord Jesus Christ said "you will know them by the fruit they produce". We need to rejoice at the influence Joseph Hassn Yousef can have in teaching the Muslim community about the true Triune God, God The Father, God The Son Jesus Christ, and God The Holy Spirit. We should pray for Joseph and his calling from God to reach the Muslim people with the Gospel of Christ.

Monday, January 05, 2009 10:24:00 AM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

JONATHAN HUNT: Do you believe that Israel can ever strike a peace deal with Hamas?

MOSAB HASSAN YOUSEF: There is no chance. Is there any chance for fire to co-exist with the water? There is no chance.


Now, if we could only get the pro-Hamas demonstrators to understand that fact.

Monday, January 05, 2009 1:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know Mosab personally, one thing I'm really sure about specially after watching the Fox interview is that he a big hypocrite, and nothing he said about Hamas or Islam was true.
BTW. I'm not pro Hamas at all, and Mosab you mentioned the US is the land of opportunity unfortunately you are getting paid for your lies, Shame on you Mosab.
Your best friend from Ramallah.

Monday, January 05, 2009 6:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only time will tell, I know him from Ramallah, how would anyone trust a backstabber...

Dealin With backstabbers
Theres one thing i've learned
They are only powerful
when you're back is turned

Your Buddy from Al-Manara

Monday, January 05, 2009 7:02:00 PM  
Blogger David#999 said...

Great job on this post, you nailed it

Tuesday, January 06, 2009 10:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what? I was a Palestinian Christian who converted to Islam, so did my brother and my cousin. I have 3 kids. By my count, that's 6 to 1. You can have him Zionists. Islam will prevail. His impotence will never even flinch it. Besides, it seems most of his reasons have to do with feelings. Intellectually, I would destroy him in a debate, I'm sure. No rational person can defend Israel.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 7:11:00 PM  
Blogger Muhammad Idrees said...

I am dead sure that this person who is called Mosab Hassn Yousef is either hypocrite or greedy.If he is really converted it could not be out of any rational logic.
Those who are being happy should know that we muslims are not afraid of this sort of conversions beacuse only loose character and greedy Muslim convert to other religion but look at those who are converting to Islam.No muslim country offers attractive life to the converts like US therefor those who accept Islam are altruistic people and far more valueable then this hypocrite.

Thursday, February 25, 2010 3:14:00 AM  
Blogger Muhammad Idrees said...

I am dead sure that this person who is called Mosab Hassn Yousef is either hypocrite or greedy.If he is really converted it could not be out of any rational logic.
Those who are being happy should know that we muslims are not afraid of this sort of conversions beacuse only loose character and greedy Muslim convert to other religion but look at those who are converting to Islam.No muslim country offers attractive life to the converts like US therefor those who accept Islam are altruistic people and far more valueable then this hypocrite.

Thursday, February 25, 2010 3:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mosab Hassan Yousef said that they can kill his earthly human body but they can't kill his soul!! He is so right about that -Amen! What a sold-out and solid believer in Jesus Christ!

Muslims are terrorists and are going to Hell unless they get right with the One true everlasting God -the One who sent his only son to DIE on a cross for us all!

God, I pray that You will convict these muslims and non-believers. May You give Mosab Hassan Yousef peace and comfort. May You bless him and protect him as he has encouraged me and has been an influence on so many people around this world. Protect his family and may they come to know who You are as well as everyone else. You alone can conquer this missed up world!!!! You have and will soon!! May this be a wake up call to us sinners and christians that have been saved by Your grace! Help us to know that we can come to you even in the midst of our sins. Forgive us of our failures and our sins. Love You with all my heart.

Thursday, February 25, 2010 7:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fuck u christain we will kiil u all USA<UK and all none muslims

Friday, February 26, 2010 10:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey anonymous 2/26@10:50 a.m., you aren't doing your religion any favors by talking like a violent dumbass.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010 9:30:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

This post is over a year old, folks. Is he making the news again, or something? Because it appears most of the recent spike in traffic on this post is through a google search.

Sunday, March 07, 2010 9:11:00 PM  

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