Hamas leader’s son converted
Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of Hamas leader Hassan Yousef, has become a Christian, according to sources in the USA. Brought up as a Muslim, Mr Yousef said his decision to abandon his Muslim faith and denounce his father’s organisation has exposed his family to persecution in his home town of Ramallah and endangered his own life.
But despite the cost, Mr Yousef told The Daily Telegraph he is convinced that speaking out about the problems of Islam and the ‘evil’ he witnessed back home would help address the ‘messed-up situation’ in the Middle East, and one day bring about peace and enable him to return.
Mr Yousef – known as Joseph by friends at the Barabbas Road church in San Diego, California – arrived in America 18 months ago, but only recently made ‘the biggest decision of my life’, to go public with his conversion.
Questioned about possible threats to his life, Mr Yousef said, ‘I’m not afraid of them, especially as I know that I’m doing the right thing, and I don’t see them as my enemies’.
In a posting on the Barabbas Road web site entitled ‘Joseph’s story’, the most unlikely member of the congregation is described as ‘a miracle’, who left a society steeped in ‘brutal and bloody warfare’ and instead ‘turned to Jesus’.