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The Son of Hamas on Islam, Christianity, and Life

Son of HamasJust as A Passage to India vividly depicts the struggle between the East and the West, Son of Hamas is an enlightening look into the abstruse culture and history of Israel and Palestine.

In this autobiography Mosab Hassan Yousef, the oldest son of the founder of the terrorist organization Hamas, reveals his double-life as a Hamas insider and a valuable secret intelligence agent for Israel. At the same time Yousef explains how Islam has caused some to become terrorists:

“Islamic life is like a ladder, with prayer and praising Allah as the bottom rung. The higher rungs represent helping the poor and needy, establishing schools, and supporting charities. The highest rung is jihad.”

Yousef says that traditional Muslims, like many Christians in America, do not actually live out their religion. Others, like his father, strive earnestly to follow the Qur’an without realizing that their sincerity ultimately leads not to peace but to Islam’s goal of a global Muslim caliphate. Indeed, the elder Yousef exhibits an admirable, virtuous life, yet he stands silent witness to the horrors that the most devoted Muslims have caused.

Both the Quar’an and the Bible encourage good works and care for others, but their final results are clearly different. Islam ends in military aggression. Christianity ends in God, whose heavenly kingdom has no need for earthly might.

Son of Hamas gives fascinating insight into Yousef’s struggle between Hamas and Israel, Islam and Christianity, pleasing his father or following the call of Jesus. It is a difficult decision. From the beginning to the end of the book Yousef develops as a complex and humble human character.

And the story continues. Yesterday on his blog Yousef wrote that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has declared him a threat to American national security and must be deported. What doesn’t bureaucracy understand.

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You can listen online to Yousef’s interview with Dr. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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