Son of Hamas – A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices . The tag line of this book should probably have read – A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices which all worked together for the good of someone who loves God and is called according to his purpose.
Mosab Hassan Yousef, popularly known as the Son of Hamas, by virtue of being the eldest son of a founding member of Hamas– a Palestinian terrorist organization – is now, can you believe it, a son of God. This book takes you right into the heart of Israel-Palestine politics. It gives you a first hand account of the ideologies and motives behind the actions that have split the earth beneath them. And Mosab does all this not from a wishy-washy secular perspective but from a Biblical perspective, which is why this book is a delightful reading for any Christian.
I took about a week to close this book. I’ve never been so involved in a story. I was living, breathing and imagining bloodshed, betrayal and bereavement. My husband even asked me to wear a bhurka while reading, and sarcastically addressed me as “Sarmishta Begum“. Yes, I was living inside Palestine. I could feel the chill down Mosab’s spine in Maskobiyeh prison. I could smell the stench in his cell, feel the pain of needles piercing through people’s nails, pant with every fugitve running away – away from their enemies, away from their brothers! I laughed, wept and sighed with the prisoners.
After reading this book I was exhausted and speechless. I weep with this brother in Christ for the people out there who are imprisoned in dungeons of darkness which only the Messiah can throw open. Many things in this book moved me deeply.
Mosab, after being in the heart of the Hamas movement, beautifully sums it up in hindsight when he says,
“…Hamas was not an organization as most people understood organizations, with rules and a hierarchy. It was a ghost. An idea. You can’t destroy an idea; you can only stimulate it. Hamas was like a flatworm. Cut off its head, and it just grew another..” (p. 58).
When he came to understand Christ’s command of loving your enemy he was able to see it’s larger implication to his own situation. He writes,
“Then I 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).
That’s it! I was thunderstruck by these words. Never before had I heard anything like this, but I knew that this was the message I had been searching for all my life.
For years I had struggled to know who my enemy was, and I had looked for enemies outside of Islam and Palestine. But I suddenly realized that the Israelis were not my enemies. Neither was Hamas nor my uncle Ibrahim nor the kid who beat me with the butt of his M16 nor the apelike guard in the detention center. I saw that enemies were not defined by nationality, religion, or color. I understood that we all share the same common enemies: greed, pride, and all the bad ideas and the darkness of the devil that live inside us. That meant I could love anyone. The only real enemy was the enemy inside me.” (p. 122)
Towards the end, his analysis of the problem and the solution (as he sees it) for the Middle-East paralysis is excellent.
“As long as we continue to search for enemies anywhere but inside ourselves, there will always be a Middle East problem. Religion is not the solution. Religion without Jesus is just self-righteousness. Freedom from oppression will not resolve things either. Delivered from the oppression of Europe, Israel became the oppressor. Delivered from persecution, Muslims became persecutors. Abused spouses and children often go on to abuse spouses and children. It is a cliché, but it’s still true: hurt people, unless they are healed, hurt people… …Truth and forgiveness are the only solution for the Middle East. The challenge, especially between Israelis and Palestinians, is not to find the solution. The challenge is to be the first courageous enough to embrace it.” (p. 250).
Lord, may it so happen and may your reign be established in the place of your birth. God bless you, Mosab.
Some in the media have questioned the veracity of Mosab’s account and have alleged that he fabricated these things to make money. I would encourage readers to view the videos found here, here and here. Who would dare to be so politically incorrect and risk his life? Only someone who has been changed by the truth.
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