Son of Hamas Founder Speaks of Islam

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Pamela Geller is calling attention to a major “Hannity” segment Fox News aired last night: an interview with Mosab Hassan Yousef, an ex-Muslim for whom “whistleblower” is the Understatement of the Year:

Mosab Hassan Yousef is the son of a jailed Hamas terrorist leader and MP, Sheikh Hassan Yousef,  the most popular figure in that extremist Islamic organization. Mosab, as a young man, assisted his father for years in his political activities. He converted to Christianity and operated undercover in the service of Israel’s intelligence agency for a decade. Yousef reveals this information in an upcoming book,  Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices.

In other words, not somebody who can be dismissed as some bigoted right-wing fear-monger, but somebody whose opinion was shaped by years of personal experience and what must have been agonizing soul-searching.  And what is his conclusion? Not only does he unequivocally condemn the murderous ways of Hamas, but he also has harsh words for Islam itself:

Mosab Hassan Yousef: “The god of the Koran hates Jews anyway, if there was “occupation” or not”

The problem is with the god of Islam”

“this is not about being brainwashing, this is how people grow up everything around you in that society school, street every evet is telling you those facts about Islam.”


Hannity: We keep hearing about  that there is a distinction, the difference between radical Islam and mainstream Islam

Mosab Hassan Yousef: This is a big mistake. Comparing between moderate Muslims and  fanatics. This is not how we compare it.  All Muslims to me  are the same. At the end of the day they believe in thegod of the koran and they believe that  this koran is from that god.

Hannity: You’re saying that most Muslims think that jihad is where they need to go

Mosab Hassan Yousef: It’s not their choice. If they believe that the koran is from the word of god ………..

Hannity: So let me ask this again. So when people talk about moderate Islam, you’re saying it doesn’t exist?

Mosab Hassan Yousef: It doesn’t exist.

At this point, many will object to Mosab’s denial of the very existence of moderate Muslims, and not without reason—there’s the Free Muslims Coalition, there’s Irshad Manji, and as Ryan Mauro recently highlighted, there’s the UK’s Sheikh Muhammad Tahir ul-Qadri, who just issued a comprehensive fatwa against jihadist ideology.  Indeed, Mosab himself says:

Muslims have moralities, responsibilities, logics, more than their god. The most criminal terrorist Muslim has morality, a minimum of humanity, more than his god.

However, acknowledging the existence of decent, humane people who call themselves Muslims doesn’t invalidate Mosab’s premise; it simply raises the very real possibility that the decent people aren’t the ones practicing the truest interpretation of their faith. That’s a harsh conclusion that many will doubtlessly find uncomfortable, but in our zeal to avoid offending anyone, it would seem equally offensive to dismissively assume a man born and raised in the world he describes, risking his life to tell his story, doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

The Left condemns all claims that Islam is anything but a “Religion of Peace” as mere right-wing slander, insisting that there’s no need to take a closer look at the ideology motivating our enemy.  But the truth is, most Americans couldn’t even begin to imagine the things Mosab Hassan Yousef has been through, the physical danger he has subjected himself to, and the decision to split from his own father to do the right thing; in return, the least we could do is listen.

Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College.  He also blogs at the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.

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  • DeadReckoning

    The reason for Islamic aggression is the lack of defense to justify thier religion. Islam cannot be defended as it stands outside logic and morality.

  • Carole

    Very good posts about Islam!
    They have been trying to take over countries for Islam from way back in history, which if you investigate the web was a very bloody history with millions murdered.
    Their favourite way of killing is beheading. When they are defeated they go quiet until they are strong enough to start a Jihad again!
    This time they are able to emigrate to the West in particular and infiltrate into the higher echelons of power in an attempt to Islamize the country from within.
    When they get to a certain percentage they will use more violent means to instill Islam and Sharia law in that country which is barbaric and increasingly restrictive, especially for women, they also murder Jews and Christians as they are now doing in many nations of the world e.g. terrible murders and bloodshed in Egypt, see: Persecution of Christian Copts on YouTube!

  • David Race

    Minor correction: Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928.

  • davarino

    As most of us have suspected for a very long time (there is no moderate islam). This country will never tolerate sharia, in any form, bank on it. Your on our turf.

  • Denise

    1. The "west" was attacked because our funky feet were touching pristine, pure, Saudi soil.
    2. We gave the Mujahadeen weapons because the Russians were literally butchering women and children and they had no way to fight back. Besides, we didn't want YET another communist stronghold in the east.
    3. Go see Charlie Wilson's War (the movie that explains all of this quite well).
    4. The "arming" of the mujahadeen doesn't have anything to do with Bin Laden's hatred of Anglo-Saxon dead skin touching Saudi soil (that's against the Koran ya know), except fot he fact that he ran to Afghanistan and the Taliban found they had quite a lot in common with Bin Laden.

  • Connie

    Long to short: ALL MUSLIMS READ THE SAME KORAN!!! (Qur'an)

  • Patrick Martin

    Yousef best remain low and anonymous, and with security, as I'm sure some in the Arab world have already issued a 'fatwa' against him.

    I'm sure a majority of his words we designed to promote his book when on Hannity, but I'd also estimate there is a good abundance of truth to what he's said!

  • 9-11 Infidel

    Mosab is a very brave man who speaks the truth. There is no moderate Islam. There is just Islam…period. If you believe in the "god who hates" you belive in the lesser jihad which is required according to that god, for all Muslims to participate in.

    "Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued." (Qur'an 9:29)

  • SLK

    This is opposite to what he says in his book, because he claims most suicide bombers are moderate Muslims who blow themselves up because of the big bad Israelis. The first 23 chapters of his book do nothing but bash Israel and are full of anti-Semitic lies. He's as much an opportunist as Benny Hinn.