In our last post, we shared how, over five years, Mosab Hassan Yousef was led by God to receive the revelation of Jesus as Lord (John 6:44). Today is the last chapter of his remarkable story.
Concurrently, though he was the son of a founding member of Hamas and had endured brutal treatment in an Israeli prison, Mosab was weary of all the suicide bombings and killings initiated by Hamas. He wanted the evil to stop. Through a set of circumstances, Shin Bet, the Israeli intelligence agency, recruited him to give them highly sensitive information about Hamas leaders. They gave him the code name of “Green Prince,” using the color of the Hamas flag and “Prince,” his pedigree as the son of one of the movement’s founders.
Mosab was willing to work with Shin Bet, because he was disillusioned with the violent struggle that his father and friends were waging. Shin Bet considered him a most valuable source within the Hamas leadership. The information Mosab supplied prevented dozens of suicide attacks and assassinations in Israel, exposed numerous Hamas cells, assisted in hunting down many militants, which resulted in many saved lives.
Eventually, after over ten years of this dangerous double life, Mosab made his way to California, where he wrote his book, “Son of Hamas.” Once it was published, his family disowned him, yet he continued to receive comfort from his Christian faith. As believers learned about his conversion, they began praying for his safety.
Mosab applied for political asylum in the United States but was rejected. He faced deportation to Jordan based on the fact that he had once been a member of Hamas. If deported, he realized Hamas would most likely take his life.
Gonen Ben Yitzhak was his primary handler in Shin Bet. Mosab considered this man as “his brother.” Risking his life to fly to the United States to confirm the astounding story of Mosab’s counter-terrorism work, Yitzhak said, “he risked his life every day to prevent violence.” In coming forward to save Mosab from deportation, this courageous man exposed his own identity to all the murderous forces he had exposed for years. After this testimony, the request for political asylum was approved.
Today Mosab is a frequent guest speaker where he talks about the atrocities committed by Hamas and speaks to Jewish groups about his support for freedom in Israel. God’s hand continues to protect and use his life in an amazing way.
Mosab’s story of political intrigue is revealed in his book, “Son of Hamas.” A documentary adaption is called “The Green Prince” and is available for viewing on Youtube.com.
As we pray for Muslims during Ramadan, be encouraged, all Muslims can be reached for salvation if they are open. I Timothy 2:4 tells us, “God wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” Draw them, Lord!
As a Muslim, Mosab Hassan Yousef* had never read the Bible or understood the true beliefs of Christianity. When he received a New Testament as a gift, he read, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:43-45).
What? Love your enemies? Pray for them? He had never heard that in Islam. The more he read the Bible, the more clearly he saw this single Truth: loving and forgiving one’s enemies is the only real way to stop the bloodshed. His spiritual eyes were beginning to open.
Jesus said, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged” (Matthew 7:1). What a difference between Jesus and Allah! Islam’s god was very judgmental, and Arab society followed Allah’s lead. Everything Jesus said on the pages of the New Testament made perfect sense to him. Overwhelmed, Mosab started to cry.
There is no place in the Qur’an where Muhammad tells Muslims to love people of other religions. By contrast, there are at least three dozen verses that tell believers to fight against non-Muslims. Even the thought of this was revolutionary. For years, Mosab was looking for enemies outside of Islam and Palestine, but he suddenly realized the Israelis were not his enemies. He said, “I saw that enemies were not defined by nationality, religion, or color. I understood we all share the same common enemies: greed, pride, and all the bad ideas and the darkness of the devil that lives inside us. The only real enemy was the enemy inside me.”
Mosab still did not understand that Jesus is God, yet God was leading him to Truth. Through satellite television, he heard about a Coptic Priest in Egypt, Father Zakaria Botros, who exposed the errors in the Qur’an and revealed the truth of scripture. Through his ministry, millions came to Christ. Mosab shared, “He was systematically performing an autopsy on the Qur’an. Father Zakaria was cutting away all the dead pieces of Allah that still linked me to Islam and blinded me to the truth that Jesus is indeed the son of God.” Six years after being exposed to Christianity, Mosab was water baptized by a Christian tourist in Tel Aviv, sealing in his heart that he an eternal child of the true and living God.
*Mosab Hassan Yousef – Son of Hamas
The ultimate reason for the success of Father Zakaria is that, unlike his Western counterparts who criticize Islam from a political standpoint, his primary interest is the salvation of souls. Pray as Christians we will have the Lord’s purity of heart to pray for and reach out to Muslims through God’s agape love, overcoming the walls and barriers in their lives.
In the first century, on the road to Damascus, a man named Saul of Tarsus planned to lead a brutal suppression of a new Jewish sect he considered heretical, a group that would come to be called Christians. Saul (who became Paul) had a surprising encounter in Acts 9, where he saw a bright light from heaven, and Jesus spoke to him. This encounter forever changed his life.
One day, Mosab Hassan Yousef* and a friend passed by the Damascus Gate, and suddenly he heard a man’s voice directed toward him in non-native Arabic. As he tried to converse with Mosab, after a bit of back-and-forth, they realized he was talking about something to do with Christianity and a study group at the YMCA in West Jerusalem.
Mosab, a little bored at the time, thought it might be interesting to learn about Christianity. He had learned so much from the Israelis; perhaps other “infidels” might have something valuable to teach him as well. He attended the study group and had fun meeting new people and a new culture.
Blessed that they gave him a New Testament, he saw it was written in Arabic and English. Because gifts are honored and respected in Arab culture, he decided the least he could do was to read it. Beginning in Matthew, he got to the Sermon on the Mount. He thought, “Wow, this guy Jesus is really impressive. Everything he says is beautiful.” He couldn’t put the book down. Every verse seemed to touch a deep wound in his life. It was a simple message, but somehow it had the power to heal his soul and give him hope.
Mosab then read this: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:43-45).
Thunderstruck by these words, Mosab said, “Never before had I heard anything like this, but I knew that this was the message I had been searching for all my life.”
Tomorrow, in our Ramadan #19 article, we share how the impact of the “red letters in the Bible” dramatically changed his life forever!
Muslims expect the gospel to be, much like the Qur’an, a book revealed to Jesus, not a book about His life. Pray they will be curious to read the New Testament to see the Lord’s kindness and compassion, revealing Jesus’ love for them.
As the son of a Hamas founder and leader, Mosab Hassan Yousef saw the hostility and destruction around him, and he hated it. He recognized that living in Gaza he had become a radical.
As a youth, Yousef was arrested by the Israeli government for weapons possession. He spent time in prison as the government tried to get him to divulge all that Hamas in Gaza was doing. They wanted Mosab to reveal, “What is your involvement? Where are the Hamas weapons? Tell us about the organization. Do you know anything about the Islamic youth movement?” Mosab was told, “Israel is a small country, and we have to protect ourselves. We cannot allow anybody to hurt Israeli citizens. We suffered enough our whole lives, and we will not be easy on those who want to hurt our people.”
While a prisoner, he endured brutal treatment at the hands of Israeli soldiers. Life was difficult, but in prison, he witnessed much worse treatment that his fellow Hamas members inflicted on fellow Muslims to keep them in line.
While in confinement, a member of Israel’s security agency, the Shin Bet, approached him. Mosab learned that they knew so much about him, and they wanted him to secretly work with them to help stop the violence and protect and save lives.
His culture—not his father—had taught him that the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) and the Israeli people were his enemies. The young Palestinian was unprepared for the treatment he got from the Shin Bet agents. They were “not trying to break me down or make me do bad things. They seemed to be doing their best to build me up, to make me stronger and wiser,” he said.
“As time went on, I began to question my plan to kill the Israelis,” he recalled. “These people were so kind. They clearly cared about me. Why would I want to kill them? I was surprised to realize that I no longer did.” Every time he met with them, the world he knew from growing up in Gaza was relentlessly eroding, revealing another world he was beginning to understand.
God was intervening, and in our next post, we will share the dramatic change about to take place in Mosab’s life!
Mosab Hassan Yousef – Son of Hamas
Through small happenings each day, God was softening Mosab’s heart toward truth. Today this is happening in Muslim lives worldwide, including in our nations. They resist the truth that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Continue to pray that the barriers and resistance to the sonship of Jesus is revealed, enabling them to see how much the true and living God loves them.
Mosab Hassan Yousef* born in Gaza in the Middle East, made a dramatic statement. He shared, “Israel has many enemies, but few have been deadlier than the terrorist group in its own back yard.”
Hamas, the governing body of Gaza founded in 1987, is an internationally known terrorist organization. Mosab stated, “Armed with the Koran and the gun, the people of Hamas are trained to hate Israel beginning at early childhood. For more than two (now three) decades, Hamas has terrorized Israelis through suicide bombings to thousands of rocket attacks.” The suicide bombers and shedding of innocent blood resulted in great chaos, both in Israel and Gaza.
While Hamas military leaders were planning attacks on Israeli restaurants and buses, Mosab grew up as the son of a respected Hamas founder, Sheikh Hassan Yousef. Mosab and had a great love for his family. He honored his father and, as the older son, was groomed to be a Hamas “prince,” to succeed his highly respected father in the group’s leadership.
Mosab said he had watched his father struggle with an irrational internal conflict. “On the one hand, he didn’t see those Muslims who killed settlers and soldiers and innocent women and children as wrong,” he writes. “He believed that Allah gave them the authority to do that. On the other hand, he could not personally do what they did. Something in his soul rejected it. What he could not justify as right for himself he rationalized as right for others.”
The IDF (Israeli Defense Force) knew that Mosab’s father was behind much of the violence against Israel. He would be arrested, interrogated, even tortured, and imprisoned. He would be gone from his family for months at a time, return home, only to be imprisoned again. Sheikh Yousef was imprisoned by the IDF thirteen times, and the family struggled financially and emotionally.
Most lived amid terror, betrayal, and political intrigue. How can the love of God touch Mosab to overcome the conflict and anger in his heart? Stay tuned …
Romans 5:20 says, “Where sin abounds, grace will abound much more.” The places in society that seem most challenging to reach for the Lord have grace abounding in their midst. Just as in other cultures, sin is abounding in the Muslim world. Declare that grace, favor, blessing, and the kindness of God is being released over their lives, opening their eyes to their need for salvation in Christ.
Gaza, a self-governing Palestinian area, is a tiny strip of land with a crowded population of over 2 million people living on 141 square miles (365 square km). Situated on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, it ranks as the 3rd most densely populated polity in the world.
Gaza is located in the biblical parcel of land (Genesis 15:18-21) that nearly 4,000 years ago, Almighty God gave to Abraham for a nation. The Lord confirmed this in scripture, giving the land to Isaac, to his son, Jacob, and it is validated in many other verses of the Word of God.
What is it like to grow up in the Middle East, specifically in the location of Gaza? Few westerners come close to understanding the complexities of the Middle East and its people. Mosab Hassan Yousef grew up as a son of that region, a child of Islam, and the son of an accused terrorist.
Yes, Mosab is the son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founding leader of Hamas, internationally recognized as a terrorist organization and responsible for countless suicide bombings and other deadly attacks against Israel.
In his book, “Son of Hamas,” Mosab shared that Israel became a state in 1948; the Palestinians did not want to be a part of that state. Instead, they are a self-governing territory. Gaza is 98%+ Muslim, and Islamic religious law is the highest order, without a constitution to maintain some semblance of order.
Mosab revealed, “Before the age of 21, I saw things no one should ever see: abject poverty, abuse of power, torture, and death. I witnessed the behind-the-scenes dealings of top Middle Eastern leaders who make headlines around the world. I was trusted at the highest levels of Hamas, and I participated in the so-called Intifada. I was held captive in the bowels of Israel’s most feared prison facility. And I made choices that have made me a traitor in the eyes of the people I love.”
As Mosab’s amazing story unfolds over the next few days, we will learn the reason he was called “Green Prince.”
In so much of Muslim society there is abject poverty and abuse of power, a sad existence. The Bible teaches that the times when Jesus was “moved with compassion,” miracles happened. “Heavenly father, we pray for the 1.9 billion Muslims in the world, and in compassion, we declare that the goodness, kindness, and mercy of God is being revealed supernaturally in their lives, drawing multitudes to salvation in Christ.”
Kamal Saleem* experienced the trauma of a car accident when his neck was broken in two places and then was shocked that his Christian surgeon invited him to recover in his home. The love from the family, the children praying for him and calling him Uncle Kamal, etc., had left him confused. The Christians that he considered infidels had overwhelmed him with their love.
Kamal recovered and returned to his own home. He sought Allah, crying out to hear from him, and all he heard was silence. Kamal felt that because he questioned his faith, the honorable thing to do was to end his own life.
Kamal shared, “I went to reach for my gun, and suddenly I heard a voice. The voice was so real; it was kind, gentle and meek, like a father’s voice. The voice knew me by name and said, ‘Kamal! Why don’t you call on the Father of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob?’ I fell on my knees and put my hands to the heavens immediately as I heard the voice. I cried out with every fiber within me, ‘God of Father Abraham, if You are real, would You speak to me? I want to know You.’ Well, God of Father Abraham came to the room and filled the room with His glory. His name is Yahweh; the Lord is one. He has holes in His hands. He has holes in His feet. His name is Jesus. I said to Him, ‘Who are you, my Lord? Who are you?’ He said, ‘I am that I am.’ I said, ‘I’m a simple man with a simple mind. What is that supposed to mean?’ He said, ‘I am the Alpha. I am the Omega. I am the beginning. I am the end. I am everything that is in between. I have known you before I formed the foundation of the earth. I have loved you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Rise up! Rise up, Kamal. Come. You are my warrior. You are not their warrior.’ I said to Him, ‘My Lord, I will live and die for you.’ He said, ‘Do not die for me. I died for you so that you may live.’”
That day, instead of taking his life, Kamal yielded it to Jesus and had a total transformation! It is 36 years since he left the Islamic faith, and even threats of violence and death cannot stop him from sharing his story. Through his ministry, KoomeMinistries.com, Kamal now has a new mission for Christ, traveling, speaking, and challenging Muslims to question their allegiance to Allah. Thousands, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, have responded to the call of salvation. Kamal shared, “My heart’s desire is to reach out to my brothers and sisters, the 1.9 billion Muslims who have not tasted the freedom in God, and see them receive His amazing love!”
A loving God is calling Muslims to Him. We are at the middle of Ramadan, and because they sacrifice during the day with no food or water, they become weary. Today we declare to Muslims, “Rise up from your weariness to God’s true call on your life! Receive the salvation of the Lord today!”
After a severe car accident broke Kamal Saleem’s* neck in two places, he had no place for the recovery that would take weeks. His surgeon graciously invited Kamal to stay in his home with their family as his healing took place. Kamal witnessed an outpouring of Christian, unconditional love.
After staying with the physician and his family, Kamal had never experienced this type of love. He saw how they lived their lives. They had a relationship with their God and with one another as husband and wife. Although he had come to their nation from Lebanon with the purpose of destruction, he was trusted. Even the children called him “Uncle Kamal.” After some weeks, the surgeon said, “These are the keys to the house, and this is an extra key to the new car we are giving you. We want to bless you. You can come any time you want.”
Upon recovery, Kamal said, “I went to my home, a cold place where I haven’t been in months. Dust was thick. I knew I had to settle this issue with my God to know if it’s real or not. I walked inside and shut the door. I went right to the eastern window, fell on my knees, put my hands to the heavens, and I cry out, ‘Allah, Allah my lord and my king. Why have you done such a thing to me? I’m okay with the car wreck. I’m okay with all this, but why did you put me among Christians? I’m confused. These Christians and Jews are good people. There’s nothing wrong with them. They don’t want to kill us. They’re not the same thing that I learned in Islam, Allah. These people have a relationship with their God. These people cry out to their God, and He answers them. I want to hear your voice. I want to hear you love me. If you’re real, speak to me. I want to hear your voice.’ Guess what Allah said that day? Absolutely nothing.'”
All Kamal heard was silence, because it is not in Allah’s nature to speak. As a Muslim, Kamal knew that the god of Islam could not be known personally, he reveals his law but not himself. Allah is considered a wrathful god, full of judgment and power but lacking the attributes of holiness, love, purity, and grace. He is not called a ‘father’, and the orthodox Muslim cannot say, “God is Love.”
Thank God, the story does not end here. In our next post, #14, we learn how God ends this amazing account of his life.
*Testimony was given directly by Kamal Saleem of KoomeMinistries.com
The agape love of God can reach the heart of a Muslim through Christians who walk in love. Ask God to divinely connect Muslims with loving Christians, enabling them to experience the same love that was felt by Kamal, breaking down the walls of resistance to Christ.
After Kamal Saleem’s* severe car accident that broke his neck in two places, the medical team successfully used a neck brace, but he learned that his recovery would take weeks. Kamal had no family in America and no one to care for him. After being discharged from the hospital, he would need someone to care for him while he recuperated. Although Kamal did not understand what God was doing for him at the time, a caring doctor opened his own home to this stranger and took him in to recuperate. Welcomed as if he was part of their own family, their children treated him with love, something Kamal had never known before. Trained to be a jihad warrior from the age of seven, this doctor had no idea that Kamal had come to America to destroy their way of life.
Kamal could not understand their kindness. “In his home, they put me in the choicest room with the most beautiful things. I became like part of their family. They didn’t see me any different. They had a basket that says, ‘For Kamal.’ They put in money to free my bills from the hospital.”
Kamal shared, “The kids in the home were speaking to me without any violence in their thoughts. They were loving me, touching me, and praying ‘Jesus prayers’ in their little voices for me to recover and be healed.”
This kind of relationship with their God was so new to him. Allah was not a god of relationship, and Kamal was overwhelmed with the outpouring of Christian love. He had no idea that this Christian family was revealing the truth of the Word of God in I Peter 4:8, “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.”
On Day #13, we see Kamal is faced with a life-changing decision between two spiritual worlds, and God’s love will prevail.
*Testimony was given directly by Kamal Saleem of KoomeMinistries.com
The essence of God IS love. Muslims live outside of this “agape” love, just as Kamal did. True Christ-like love breaks down traditions, walls, and barriers of deception. Pray that God will reach into their hearts, destroying all obstacles of resistance to His amazing love.
“In Islam, liberty, freedom, and monarchy are idols that must be brought down. The liberty in the United States and western nations is anti-islam, so America must be changed. I moved to the ‘Bible Belt’ specifically, wanted to take on the Christians, the best of the best, because I considered myself as the sword of Islam. I thought, ‘I’m anointed. I’m unique. I’m selected. I’m coming to a country and a culture to change it. I have the power of Allah with me.’” When Kamal Saleem* made this statement, he did not know God’s destiny for him.
In the early 1980s, Kamal entrenched himself in a small Midwestern town. He began targeting men from more impoverished neighborhoods to recruit them to the Muslim faith. But one afternoon, his life would be in the hands of those he hated the most.
“I was going from one place to another to do recruitment, and that day, and I had a car wreck. The car wreck was so severe, I ejected out of my car, landed on my neck, and broke my neck in two places. This man came running to me and said, ‘Don’t worry. We’re going to take care of you, and everything’s going to be alright.’ The ambulance came and picked me up, and I was taken to the hospital. The orthopedic surgeon in the ER looked at my chart and said, ‘Son, we’re going to take care of you, and everything’s going to be alright.’ Then the head of physical therapy came in, read my chart, and said the same thing word for word, ‘We are going to take care of you.’”
At first, Kamal was frightened by their words because these men were all Christians. “You see, in terrorism, if they say [that], you better run.” Those who had spoken to him and said they were going to take care of him and everything was going to be alright, had no idea he had come to the nation to destroy their very way of life.
In Day #12, we will reveal that before Kamal ever knew Jesus, our God provided for him, met his needs, and opened his spiritual eyes.
*Testimony was given directly by Kamal Saleem of KoomeMinistries.com
Proverbs 19:21 declares, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” Pray that God will override the personal plans of the 1.9 billion Muslims, reveal His purpose to their hearts, and give them the courage and strength to respond to His will for their lives.