“Since he was a small boy, Mosab Hassan Yousef has had an inside view of the deadly terrorist group Hamas. The oldest son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founding member of Hamas and its most popular leader, young Mosab assisted his father for years in his political activities while being groomed to assume his legacy, politics, status . . . and power. But everything changed when Mosab turned away from terror and violence, and embraced instead the teachings of another famous Middle East leader. In Son of Hamas, Mosab Yousef—now called “Joseph”— reveals new information about the world’s most dangerous terrorist organization and unveils the truth about his own role, his agonizing separation from family and homeland, the dangerous decision to make his newfound faith public, and his belief that the Christian mandate to “love your enemies” is the only way to peace in the Middle East.”
Mosab Hassan Yousef was born in Ramallah, in the West Bank in 1978. His father, Sheikh Hassan Yousef, is a founding leader of Hamas, internationally recognized as a terrorist organization and responsible for countless suicide bombings and other deadly attacks against Israel. Yousef was an integral part of the movement, for which he was imprisoned several times by the Shin Bet, the Israeli intelligence service. He withstood torture in prison only to discover Hamas was torturing its own people in a relentless search for collaborators. He began to question who his enemies really were— Israel? Hamas? America? After a chance encounter with a British tourist, Yousef started a six-year quest that jeopardized Hamas, endangered his family and threatened his life. He has since embraced the Christian faith and sought political asylum in America.
I picked up a copy of this book two months ago when I was invited to join a book club by a friend of mine. It’s been sitting on my nightstand since then because the book club meeting was postponed and I just started reading it only a few days ago.
I was surprised and shocked by many facts in this book, impressed by this young man, disgusted by all the horrible things he went through, encouraged by his faith and felt hopeful by what God did in this man’s life. This was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time and I’m grateful that he shared his story with the world.
Mostly, I was touched by the love Mosab has for his family and his father and though his father is one of the leaders of Hamas, I’m indeed touched by his characters described in this book and love for his son. I feel sorry for him and I pray for his salvation.
I’m very interested in discussing this book with the book club since I was told that most of them are not Christians! Please pray that God will be all over our discussion and that He shows the truth to those who are not in the light.