International espionage. Unspeakable treachery. Unbelievable torture. Mosab has survived them all. Aided by Ron Brackin, he is now telling the story of his years inside the leadership of the international terrorist organization known as Hamas.
Beginning in the 1950’s, Mosab recounts family history that deeply affected the direction of his father’s life, and ultimately his own. Sheikh Yousef Dawood, Mosab’s grandfather, was the imam for the village of Al-Janiya, a small, sleepy town in Samaria. A passionate man, Sheikh Dawood was very pleased when his favorite son, Hassan, began to show signs of the same passionate interest in religion at a very early age. When Hassan was twelve years old, his father sent him to Jerusalem to learn sharia (Islamic religious law).
Hassan was eager to learn more about the Qu’ran so he could be like his father. He thought that his father was simply a trusted spiritual leader; in reality, as he was about to learn, he was so much more than that. Sheikh Dawood had not sent Hassan to Jerusalem merely to study religion. In much the same way as the British (and to a lesser extent, Americans) seem to judge a man by where he went to school, Hassan’s father knew that Muslims held those men educated by the most prestigious schools in the highest regard, and thus was ensuring that he had received the education befitting a ruler. Coupled with his fervor for Islam, Hassan’s education and fundamentalist pedigree would be two things that would propel him to the very highest circles of one of the largest Muslim organizations in the world.
After completing his studies in the shadow of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Hassan took a post as the imam of the mosque in Old Town, Ramallah. Upon arriving, he found only five older men in attendance, and they admitted that the only reason they came to mosque was because they were going to die soon and wished to attain heaven. Undaunted, Hassan persevered, and in a short time, his little congregation loved him as though he were an angel. Not everyone in Ramallah was so pleased with his work, however. Most of the people in Ramallah were busy satisfying their every fleshly desire. Instead of being present faithfully in mosque, many of Ramallah’s inhabitants were busy in coffeehouses, theaters, and houses of ill repute, drinking, gambling, and committing other reprehensible acts. Hassan’s fervent approach to his faith, therefore, only further revealed their lack of devotion to the ideals to which they paid lip service. Troubled by the lack of faith in Ramallah, Hassan shared with his father his concerns. Sheikh Dawood, overjoyed to realize that his son had even more potential than he had originally thought, sent Hassan to Jordan for advanced Islamic study. Ultimately, this transfer would influence the entire history of Hassan’s life, and the lives of his children after him. It was here that Hassan would meet the people who would urge him to do more to have an effect on the history of the Middle East. Indeed, the alliances and friendships formed during Hassan’s time in Jordan would have exactly that effect.
In 1978, Mosab Hassan Yousef was born to Sheikh Hassan Yousef and Sabha Abu Salem. Although his parents seemed to be moderate Muslims, Mosab would soon discover that his father was a very important man. From an early age he was aware that many people looked up to his father as a spiritual and political leader, and in 1986 it was demonstrated just how much stock people put in his opinions as he became one of the founding members of Hamas. The international terrorist group, today famous for its ceaseless attacks on Israel, both with rockets and through the news media, was not founded as an engine of destruction, but rather a liberation organization seeking justice for those on the Palestinian side of the border. At least, such was the official story.
Combining Mosab’s insider knowledge of Hamas-related happenings, people, meetings, and plans with Brackin’s considerable writing skill, Son of Hamas reveals the truth behind the cover stories presented by liberal medias around the world, and gives clear (and chilling) insights into the way the people caught up in this organization think, feel, and act. Mosab does not shy away from showing all the facts, but tells the story as it is, presenting them clearly so that all who read this book will know the truth.
Recounting his personal experiences, from his childhood escapades and brushes with death, to his decision to aid those who his parents had taught him were the sworn enemies of all Muslims, Mosab’s story is one that is gripping, intriguing, and inspiring. His story proves, once again, that no one is ever beyond the love of God. If you have ever wondered what actually goes on inside the PLO, Hamas, and Al-Jazeera, Son of Hamas can answer those questions. If you have ever tried to imagine what sort of pressure the children of a leader in such an organization face, Mosab’s story will reveal that to you. If you have ever doubted the validity of stories about Muslims’ cruelty to other Muslims, Mosab has first-hand experience to establish the validity of those accounts.
Son of Hamas: an engrossing book with a compelling message, and a great addition to the library of anyone seeking to learn more about the worldview and faith of the Islamic peoples. Written from the unique perspective of one raised in a home involved in the highest ranks of one of the world’s largest terrorist organizations, this book will change one’s perspective on the reasons behind the global jihad, the Palestinian refusal to recognize the Israeli state, and the tensions between them.