Leaving Islam to Follow Another Radical - Mosab Hassan Yousef
As the eldest son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, Mosab Yousef’s life was destined to be different. But no one could have predicted just how different it would turn out. His father, the Sheikh, was one of the founders of Hamas and a devout Muslim. He raised his son, Mosab Hassan Yousef, to follow in his footsteps and that was exactly the direction things were heading until his son took a fateful step. Beginning in 1997, Mosab started spying for Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, and over the next ten years, he became one of their most valuable assets. During that time, he also met some Christians who introduced him to the teachings of another prominent leader of the Middle East. Mosab became impressed by the ideas of this ancient man, and especially by his radical instructions to “love your enemies.” Convinced that a commitment to forgiveness was the only hope for the turmoil in his land, Mosab’s heart began to be drawn in a different direction. Still, he was convinced that Islam was the true path. Eventually, though, his religious commitments were destroyed after listening to Father Zakaria Botros, an Egyptian Coptic Priest who regularly appears on Arabic satellite TV. Botros, who has a 60 million dollar bounty on his head thanks to al Qaeda, regularly points out the problems with the Quran and Islam in general. After watching Botros’ T.V. shows, Mosab decided to give his life to that ancient Middle Eastern leader and was baptized in 2005.