July 4, 2011

Son of Hamas by Mosab Hassan Yousef

Son of Hamas tells the true story of the life of Mosab Hassan Yousef, son to one of the most influential and powerful Hamas leaders.

This account tells of the struggles in the Middle East between the Israelis and the Palestinians.  Mosab's father, Sheikh Hassan Yousef, is a devout follower of the Qu'ran and Allah and became one of the top organizers and leaders of Hamas.  Hamas is an organization that, in short, supports terrorism in order to support the Palestinians goals of land domination and control.  Being the son of this influential leader, Mosab had access to top secret information concerning suicide bombers, terrorists and other attacks.

Mosab was imprissoned as a young man, and later was recruited to be a secret spy for the Israeli government's Shin Bet.  As an insider with easy access to the Palestinians plotting, he became invaluable to the Shin Bet and helped stop or put to justice many terrorist activities.  Along the way, he also withdrew from his religious culture and became a follower of Jesus!  As he learned more and more about God and Jesus' teachings of forgiveness, mercy and grace, his moral compass began shifting and he found himself loving the very people his father's religion had taught him to hate.

This book was incredibly interesting... especially if you are a political guru.  Unfortunately, I am not.  I am too young to truly know the ins and outs of what happened during the 90's in the Middle East.  If I had known more about that, I'm sure this book would have been eye opening and revealing.  Even with my ignorance, it was still a great read.

I was fascinated by this glimpse into a culture that is so consumed with hatred.  And I loved how Mosab's heart begins to soften and change as he becomes a Christian.

I read this on my Kindle... which may have been a mistake.  Throughout the book, I was utterly confused with the sheer number of people named.  It was so hard to keep track of who was who... and their names were all so similar!  Also, he makes references to organizations and societies, and uses abbreviations that became confusing as well.

But, as I said, since I read it on my Kindle, I didn't realize that there was a list of people, a glossary and a time-line at the end!!! Uh, that would have been helpful!  So, if you do get it as an e-book, remember to bookmark the last 3 chapters.

3 Stars


  1. The son of Hamas and exposure the real Islam from the very interesting perspective:


  2. I enjoyed reading the book, it has strengthened by belief in Christ. Now I look at muslims in a different way that they are people that are also loved by Jesus Christ, we need not to fight against them.


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