Top Hamas leader’s son follows Christ

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The son of a top Hamas leader has converted to Christianity and prays some day his family will also accept Jesus Christ as their savior, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz. Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of West Bank Hamas leader Sheik Hassan Yousef (photo), revealed for the first time in an exclusive interview that he has left Islam and is now a Christian. Prior to the interview’s publication on August 14, Yousef’s family did not know of his faith conversion even though he is in regular contact with them.

Yousef, who is now 30-years-old and resides in America, was first exposed to Christianity eight years ago while in Jerusalem, where out of curiosity he accepted an invitation to hear about Christianity. Afterwards, he became enthusiastic about what he heard and would secretly read the Bible every day. “A verse like ‘Love thine enemy’ had a great influence on me,” Yousef recalled. “At this stage I was still a Muslim and I thought that I would remain one. But every day I saw the terrible things done in the name of religion by those who considered themselves ‘great believers’. I studied Islam more thoroughly and found no answers there. I re-examined the Koran and the principles of the faith and found how it is mistaken and misleading.” With Christianity, Yousef said he could understand God as revealed through Jesus Christ.

Four years ago, Yousef decided to follow Christ, but did not let his family know. He still helped his father with his political activities, and his father only knew his son had Christian friends. “I felt responsible. It was better for me to be there rather than a gang of fools who would poison his mind,” Yousef explained. “I tried to understand those people, their thoughts, in order to change them from inside by means of a strong person like my father, who admitted to me in the past that he does not support suicide attacks.”

The Muslim-turned-Christian says he does not think Islam will survive for more than 25 years because the truth about Islam will be exposed given the mass communication available in the modern age. For his part, Yousef says he hopes to “open the eyes” of Muslims and “reveal the truth” to them about Islam and Christianity with the goal to “take them out of the darkness and the prison of Islam”.

“I know that I’m endangering my life and am even liable to lose my father, but I hope that he’ll understand this and that God will give him and my family patience and willingness to open their eyes to Jesus and to Christianity,” Yousef said. “Maybe one day I’ll be able to return to Palestine and to Ramallah with Jesus, in the Kingdom of God.”

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