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Political Asylum Granted!

In PERSONAL on July 1, 2010 at 05:01

Honestly, I am still in shock. I was sitting beside my attorney, focused on how I would answer the questions that were coming. Gonen ben Itzhak, my dear friend and former Shin Bet handler, had flown in from Israel to testify on my behalf and waited with a security guard in the empty courtroom next door.

Judge Rico Bartolomei was entering into the record all the documents and motions that had been introduced since my last hearing, getting everybody on the same page before we started.

That done, he called for Gonen.

That’s when DHS senior attorney Kerri Calcador dropped the bombshell. The Department of Homeland Security, she said, no longer opposes the asylum petition of Mosab Hassan Yousef.

No one in the courtroom could get hold of what had just happened. Not me, not the judge, not my attorney. We were prepared for several hours of testimony and defense. But 15 minutes after we walked into the courtroom, it was over.

There was nothing left to do. Judge Bartolomei granted me political asylum, pending a routine background check, rose and left the courtroom. Then the security guards efficiently led all of us out of the courtroom, down the halls, through the razor-wired fences and out into the parking lot, where a crowd of well-wishers applauded and cheered and network cameras rolled.

As we drove home through San Diego, we thanked God for his grace and for all those he used to make this happen.

For countless people around the world who prayed for me.

For FOX News, which is a lot more than just a conservative voice. Over the past year and a half, I have come to know and respect the professionals at FOX who have become much more to me than reporters, producers and camera crews. They are good people who had the courage to cover a story that others rejected and/or did not understand. Special thanks to chief correspondent Jonathan Hunt.

For U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), who circulated a letter through the House of Representatives that was co-sponsored by 21 other congressmen, asking DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to give “full consideration . . . to Mr. Yousef’s views and conduct in recent years, particularly his cooperation with Shin Bet at significant risk to his own safety and life.” Signatories include Representatives Frank Wolf (VA), Trent Franks (AZ), Cynthia Lummis (WY), Bill Posey (FL), Kenny Marchant (TX), John Kline (MN), John Shadegg (AZ), Joe Wilson (SC), Daniel Lungren (CA), John Boozman (AK), Michele Bachmann (MN), Marsha Blackburn (TN), Bill Shuster (PA), Joseph Pitts (PA), Lynn Jenkins (KS), Rob Bishop (UT), Jeff Fortenberry (NE), Dan Rohrabacher (CA), Robert Aderholt (AL), Mike Pence (IN) and Aaron Schock (IL).

For Tzachi Hanegbi, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of The Knesset (Israeli Parliament), MK Einat Wilf and other committee members for their very kind letter thanking me for my “actions to strengthen the security of Israeli citizens and Palestinian residents from 1998 to 2007.”

For the wisdom and integrity of DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.

I am especially grateful to Sarah Stern, president of the Endowment for Middle Eastern Truth. Today’s blessings would not have happened without her and this amazing organization.

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  1. Congratulations! I was praying for you all morning.

    • Congratulations! Bless you ,my brother in Christ! You have been in our family’s prayers here in Finland.

  2. Amen & praise the Lord! Yousef, please keep your supporters informed of your appearances. I hope to meet you someday. (And get my copy of Son Of Hamas signed!)

  3. Congratulations…Psalm 122:6

  4. Nothing but AWESOME!!!!!!!!! I am so happy for you. We need you here to continue the work – as there is more work to be done. Yep, that’s the God we serve – just AWESOME!!!!!!!!

  5. Incredible! There were alot of Prayers on Facebook for you! The power of Social Networking and ultimately God!

  6. Praise the Lord! May you be able to continue His good works in the US. Hope you can return one day to your home country. God Bless!!! We are all so pleased. Thank you Lord!

  7. Joseph (Mosab),
    You have had an eventful life, and the court victory is one of the happy ones. In today’s court case, I thought of the Bible story in Exodus, when the Israelites were cornered by the Egyptians by the Red Sea, the words, “stand still and see the salvation of the Lord,” were given and then the Red Sea parted.

    America is the land of freedom, freedom to believe as one would chose and the freedom of opportunity and a blessed nation founded by Christian men. Today another blessed nation is Israel. You should see the video series aired on TBN by a CNN reporter, “Against All Odds, Israel Survives,” if you have not seen it already.

    Perhaps you will be able to return for a visit to that holy Land when peace is realized in the Land of the Bible one day. Your book is on my wish list to purchase very soon. Perhaps you will write another book on the Middle East? It would be nice to meet you one of these days. I have long time Christian friends in San Diego area. Be safe and active and happy in Jesus. Blessings.

  8. I bumped in to your news for the first time and more excited than ever, today! you receive your vindication. Praise the Lord. I will follow more from you.

  9. Because all things, ALL THINGS ,work for good of those who love THE LORD and ARE CALLED according to HIS PURPOSES> like I said, your blood would be precious at His sight, but your life is a POWERFUL letter in HIS hands! #superhappy for this outcome and everybody is tweeting about it!

  10. Praise God Mosab!! Today God’s Favour was shown, His Hand was always at work on your behalf because you declared His Name to nations. So many people, including me, have prayed for you but above all else your Lord Jesus has been interceeding for you without ceasing. For all of us who know our God intimately, His Hand is clearly on your life and this is only the beginning of an amazing journey, a higher calling, a destined purpose for you. I encourage you brother, to keep your eyes on Him whose ‘thoughts are not our thoughts’ and ‘ways are not our ways’. Let today be a testament that God does ‘exceedingly above all that we could ever ask or think’. I want to personally thank you for sharing your life, it has stirred a passion and desire in me for the lost and for the people of the Middle East, far more than my own! God is indeed doing a ‘new thing’. Nothing is impossible with Him. Never lose hope for your people, for those bound by a twisted and deceitful doctrine, or for your family whom you love. God knows all these things, and He is Faithful. God bless you Mosab :) I declare John 14:12 over your life today, “you will do even greater things” for the glory of Him who saves!!
    Shalom.

  11. The NAME of our LORD JESUS BE PRAISED eternally.

  12. الحمد يسوع المسيح

  13. In tears!!! Thank You, Lord, for Your faithfulness. Praying for your continued well being and protection, Mosab…may you be a beacon of light to others, and may the Lord bring many more to His Name as you lift Him up!!
    Ahava!
    Barach atem b’Shem, Yeshua

  14. Praise be to God! Once again, God makes a way when there seemed to be no way. I am so happy for you, Mosab, and excited at the prospects of His plans for your future. Please keep us posted. What an awesome God we serve!

    “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men [and women] to do nothing.”

  15. Praise the Lord for this great victory. Your work and your stand for truth are truly appreciated. May God grant you continued good success in the glory of Christ.

  16. Praise the Lord! We are praying for you, Mosab, down here in Sarasota, FL! Awesome book! God bless you and keep you!

  17. HalleluYAH… HalleuYAH… HalleluYAH…
    I think it would be good if brother Mosab takes a small party for himself and spend time to watch World Cup 2010 as it is going to be quarter final soon… Soccer is good… :P Ole ole ole… hehehehe

  18. answered prayer!! We serve a mighty God.

  19. From a Jewish woman who is in awe of your strength and honesty.
    G-d bless you.

  20. So happy for you when this was announced on Fox News radio Wednesday afternoon – as breaking news. May the peace of The Lord be with you always Mosab.

  21. G-d Bless You, Yousef!! G-D BLESS YOU!!! You are truly a walking light of G-d’s grace! May G-d continue to bless you and keep you. Amen!

  22. Dear Mosab, I am so grateful to the Lord for hearing our prayers for you, granting you asylum. May the Lord continue to establish you in Him, grant you a strong church family and guide you in your next decisions. I have prayed daily for you for months, and for you family to also come to know Christ. I know they are more than preciou to you, and that you miss them. I pray He annoints you as you pray for them. Thanks for the book, which I own. Our Lord is faithful and merciful.

  23. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

    GOD BLESS YOU MOSAB AND WELCOME!!!!

  24. Praise God for His miraculou deliverance. I just finished reading your book which was truly amazing; then I heard on the radio somethingthe about you, but not the details; so today, I am reading about what occurred & how God delivered you. Praise His Holy Name. I will continue to pray.

  25. You must glorify our Father God-Lord Jesus Christ for giving you this favor and not only that you must tell to the world your testimony for what He has done for you to glorify His mighty Name, without God (Jesus Christ) we cannot do anything, only He is the One who bless and love His child (us), Hallelujah

  26. When I heard they were ready to kick you out of the US, I was ready to move to another country. Thank God that you have been granted asylum. Thank you for your book, your insight, your courage, and your “wisdom to know the difference” in very important matters. Thank you also for adopting our country as your haven, and being a rich addition to our citizenry.

  27. I like to remind the Jews to stop writing G_d with a dash or hyfen or underscore inbetween the G and D for GOD, it is so rude for our Father God, Lord Jesus Christ who is your so called “Messiah” in Jewish. Stop treating your Messiah such rudely and repay His GREAT LOVE for you Jewish despite your chosen favor by Him and start to repay Him by loving and endorsing Him as your forefather God, He is the only real and living God, none others. Wake up Jewish people and stop being snobish.

    • Live and let live! Love thy neighbour, as …. and concentrate on your own service…

      Sear Mosab, I wish you a peaceful life, you are one corageous person and deserve it!

  28. unbelievable! maybe things CAN change if an organization like DHS changes its mind.Good luck! Tomer from Israel

  29. Thank you, Jesus! This is great news – I am so happy for you!

  30. I couldn’t be happier if you were my very own brother. But wait, we are all brothers and sisters in Christ! Many prayers have been answered today.

  31. I pray that God would continue to bless you in your goings out and you coming ins. May you be true to His calling in your life. Grow in the word my friend. Write His word on the pages of your heart and never deviate from it. You have been privileged to see God’s hand at work. You are welcome in my home anytime. If you want to go to the mountains please by all means come to Idaho.

  32. Praise God! I am happy that our country can provide safe asylum for the sacrafices you have made. Your story is an inspiration.

  33. Congratulations! Your story is an amazing one and it is still continuing. God will grant you all the wisdom and strength that you’ll need, on each step of your way. Hope to see you in Europe some day! Blessings from Finland.

  34. Awesome! I was praying for yesterday. I am thankful God answered my prayers as well as prayers of numerous others. May Christ continue to use you here in the US. Your book has been an inspiration and eye-opening. Thank you again!

  35. Celebrating victory with you made possible by faith and prayers and friends in various places. As one prayer says, “Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.” May you be an instrument of peace of the Heavenly Father wherever you may go or wherever wherever you speak. God is gracious and will not withhold any good thing to those who call upon His name. Welcome to America.

  36. Joseph, my brother in Christ. Blessed be the Lord Jesus for such great victory! Truly, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16b) Amen.

  37. Dear Joseph,I am still excited for you.I prayed continuously for this hearing and I knew it that you would be granted Political Asylum before the Judge said that you were granted.I just sensed from the Lord that you had it,that basically with God it was a DONE DEAL……God definitely moved in the hearts of men in this situation.Our Great God is in the prayer answering business.I am SO HAPPY for you Joseph and when I was having my devotional time with the Lord last night,that I felt the Lord showed us those that rejoicing with you that we had a fore taste of Heaven.

    CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN JOSEPH~~~~I AM STILL REJOICING AND HAPPY FOR YOU FROM ONTARIO,CANADA!!!

  38. My dear brother in Christ,

    I got the great news yesterday evening after getting home from work. I told my husband: “Today’s was Mosab Hassan court hearing, I’m wondering what happened?.” He was already online checking up the news and answered, ” The charges were dropped, he was granted political asylum…” . We were amazed!. We have been praying for you ever since we read your book and most recently when we heard about the court hearing. Last night at Church our Pastor announced to the congregation the good news about your asylum… May God’s name be praise, my brother!. Having served as social worker, I’m very familiar with long court hearing process, and the length that just a simple case can take, sometimes month’s even years. As I think about how quickly everything developed yesterday with your case in court. I’m certain that God’s providence made it happened; and that all the publicity regarding your upcoming hearing and your many interviews as result of it, are just God’s way to proclaim the good news, about your conversion to Christianity. Isn’t that amazing? Your story continues to be told through the newspaper and Internet and every time is told, more and more people have the opportunity to learn about the amazing, wonderful redemptive power of the Cross-that set sinners free. May you be blessed! Mosab, May our Lord in heaven continue to shine His grace upon you. May you have peace! Always, remembered His promise: “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy” He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless, come again with rejoicing.” (Psalm 126th 5,6) God bless!

  39. So I hope you are going surfing and doing yoga and drinking smoothies with a vengeance, Mosab!! We are so happy and grateful for you. You and Gonen, you’re like the “two Witnesses….you know what I mean? I want to also send this message to Gonen. You are the the pride of our people! For me, you represent strength and also a noble heart. Kol HaKavod!

    • Drink the smoothies but steer clear of yoga Joseph! That is a false religion. So thankful for your newfound freedom. Welcome to our country Brother. I shared your book with a muslim lady whose daughter plays softball with my little girl and her older daughter also read the book. They returned it Wednesday and said they very much enjoyed it and then stayed a good clear distance away from me for the rest of the game. LOL Praise God perhaps they too will find Jesus through your book!

    • So, Mosab, this is the New Age movement you are rumored to have got mixed up in, yoga! Well, yoga is not something spiritually “neutral”. It has nothing to do with biblical beliefs, instead it is an essential part of Indian pagan religions (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoga ).

      It seems to be that your spiritual odyssey is not yet over. You cannot be a Christian believer and practice pagan rituals at the same time, can you?

      Hopefully you don’t find my words too rude and offensive – I just wanted to warn you because I don’t want you to go astray again after all these years.

      So instead of wasting your precious time in meditation or something like that, I would prefer you to pick up your Bible and study it or pray.

      I hope you will see The Truth and that The Truth shall set you free from evil and deceptive cults.

      God bless you.

  40. Thanks be to God, brother Mosab! We met at the EMET dinner and it was such a blessing to see you and Gonen. All I could think was that, as with Joseph, what man meant for evil (in the deportation original charge) God meant for good. So many more people now know your story and your testimony. So many more people are aware of the danger we face from Islamic insurgence in the U.S. and the compromises we make…Glory be to God. Now you are free, just in time to celebrate with us the birthday of America. God bless.

  41. Wow, God is so good….I look forward to hearing more from you in a few minutes on Fox Business Network.

  42. I couldn’t believe it! Thank you Lord!! Definitely the right decision from HSD — very proud of them.
    Well, one thing is for sure – all the buzz about deportation definitely kicked your profile up several notches. Possibly His plan all along?

    Maybe now you can have a somewhat “normal” life. Looking forward to hearing more from you, Joseph, as you speak Jesus’ truth and love to the nations.

  43. Joseph (Mosab),
    I knew your story through an interview you gave to a television station in Brazil.
    I am grateful to God for Him to know that through yours immense love for his people and Israel opened your eyes to the truth that is love!
    Congratulations for this victory, and praise God for all that!

  44. You are scum.

    • May God forgive you.

    • Claudia, I hope one day you encounter Jesus Christ, the God that Mosab found, the true God. He is the Way, the Truth and the life and no man comes unto the father but by Him. Mosab, God Bless You! I think that your coming to the US was God-ordained. Only our awesome God can work in the heart of an Obama-appointed official. Awesome, in just fifteen minutes the decision was made.

      • I’m sorry if I directed my comment toward Claudia. It might have been I think the writer might be Helen Thomas. This is the first time I have posted here and I think I got the names mixed up. Nevertheless, my message is for whoever wrote that nasty to Mosab.

  45. [...] Political Asylum Granted! Honestly, I am still in shock. I was sitting beside my attorney, focused on how I would answer the questions that were coming. Gonen ben Itzhak, my dear friend and former Shin Bet handler, had flown in from Israel to testify on my behalf and waited with a security guard in the empty courtroom next door. Judge Rico Bartolomei was entering into the record all the documents and motions that had been introduced since my last hearing, getting everybody on the same page before we started. That done, he called for Gonen. That’s when DHS senior attorney Kerri Calcador dropped the bombshell. The Department of Homeland Security, she said, no longer opposes the asylum petition of Mosab Hassan Yousef. No one in the courtroom could get hold of what had just happened. Not me, not the judge, not my attorney. We were prepared for several hours of testimony and defense. But 15 minutes after we walked into the courtroom, it was over. There was nothing left to do. Judge Bartolomei granted me political asylum, pending a routine background check, rose and left the courtroom. Then the security guards efficiently led all of us out of the courtroom, down the halls, through the razor-wired fences and out into the parking lot, where a crowd of well-wishers applauded and cheered and network cameras rolled. As we drove home through San Diego, we thanked God for his grace and for all those he used to make this happen. For countless people around the world who prayed for me. For FOX News, which is a lot more than just a conservative voice. Over the past year and a half, I have come to know and respect the professionals at FOX who have become much more to me than reporters, producers and camera crews. They are good people who had the courage to cover a story that others rejected and/or did not understand. Special thanks to chief correspondent Jonathan Hunt. For U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), who circulated a letter through the House of Representatives that was co-sponsored by 21 other congressmen, asking DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to give “full consideration . . . to Mr. Yousef’s views and conduct in recent years, particularly his cooperation with Shin Bet at significant risk to his own safety and life.” Signatories include Representatives Frank Wolf (VA), Trent Franks (AZ), Cynthia Lummis (WY), Bill Posey (FL), Kenny Marchant (TX), John Kline (MN), John Shadegg (AZ), Joe Wilson (SC), Daniel Lungren (CA), John Boozman (AK), Michele Bachmann (MN), Marsha Blackburn (TN), Bill Shuster (PA), Joseph Pitts (PA), Lynn Jenkins (KS), Rob Bishop (UT), Jeff Fortenberry (NE), Dan Rohrabacher (CA), Robert Aderholt (AL), Mike Pence (IN) and Aaron Schock (IL). For Tzachi Hanegbi, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of The Knesset (Israeli Parliament), MK Einat Wilf and other committee members for their very kind letter thanking me for my “actions to strengthen the security of Israeli citizens and Palestinian residents from 1998 to 2007.” For the wisdom and integrity of DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. I am especially grateful to Sarah Stern, president of the Endowment for Middle Eastern Truth. Today’s blessings would not have happened without her and this amazing organization. [...]

  46. GO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO ALL THE MUSLIMS COUNTRIES WITH YOUR TESTIMONIES AND HELP GOD SAVE SOULS OF SINNERS, ONLY THRU CHRISTIANITY CAN THE WORLD ACHIEVE PEACE AND LOVES, AND ONLY WITH GOD’S LOVE PEOPLE CAN CHANGE FR BAD TO GOOD. AMEN.

  47. ejoy the usa i prayed for you

  48. GOD is great; Salvation through Jesus Crist all praise and Glory to GOD, his mercy is great, grace to you Brother in Christ, I am so happy for you, thank you for all you have done in Jesus name.

  49. Dear Joseph,
    I picked up your book Mon. night at 2am and didn’t put it down until 8:30 Tues morning. Then through a random call from a friend found out that the US was possibly deporting you on Wed! Shock and outrage! I sent out an e-mail prayer alert to family and friends and called the comment line for Homeland Security (twice). Nothing left to do but cry out to God for His intervention. Praise the name of Jesus! We, in the Pacific Northwest, are rejoicing with you!! I pray for ALL of God’s best for you in the years ahead.

  50. Couldn’t be happier! I’ve been praying as well as a good friend who prayed outside the courthouse during the hearing. Congrats Mosab! Praise God!

  51. I am very happy for you, Mosab.

    “The Lord will PERFECT that which concerns me…” Psalm 138:8
    He surely did that!

    “Now thanks be unto God, Which always causes us to triumph in Christ.” II Corinthians 2:14
    AMEN!

  52. The Love and Mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ is awesome! Praise His Holy name for all time

  53. Blessings to you in Christ Jesus!! God, continue to do Your will in his life. May Peace be with you mosab.

  54. I have been so burdened to pray for you and I see why now! Your zeal was evident on Sunday and I have been sharing your story of Christ’s miracle in you! Thank you for signing my copy of your book! If you could drop me an email sometime if you are encouraged by the gift I gave you Monday that would encourage me and my endeavors to spreading God’s Word. All for Him!

  55. Brother Mossab, through your life’s story and now this latest turnaround situation, God continues to demonstrate to the whole world that the miracles in the Bible continue to resound in our age of disbelief because He Lives, Alpha and Omega, From Everlasting to Everlasting. Blessed be the Lord Our God for He has done a great thing for you, and for all of us today!

  56. Now we must pray that your U.S. citizenship is approved. God Bless.

  57. Congratulations. I have completed your book now and I think you are a courageous person. Nothing I could write here could possibly make me understand the personal sacrifices that you have made. People like you are making the world a better place to live.

  58. My friend when God is involved. When you truely do things to glorify his name. The results are beyond human understanding.

  59. Mosab I had told you God was sending Angels to pave the way and he had your back. Where was your Faith brother? You shouldn’t have been surprised! He has you here for this time in history to bring people to know the saving Grace of Jesus and to wake the Christians up that are sleeping. You are a true testiment to the power of God Mosab. May you continue to be the light for others to see how great it is when you accept Jesus. He is The Way, The Truth and The Life.

  60. The same God that loves the Jews, is the same God that loves the Arabs–Yours and Gonen’s story(God’s story) is proof positive that nothing is impossible with God.
    We Bless You Lord and Sing Praises to your name!
    More miracles to come and the whole watches as we “Give Thanks to the coming Prince of Peace!”
    “Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you” Mark 11:24 AND
    “How much more shall your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him”!
    Matthew 7:11

  61. I was happy to hear you were granted asylum and was praying for you. Be encouraged by Romans 8:15 – For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”

  62. Congratulations, Mosab, for the victory that our Lord has brought on your behalf. My prayers are that the Lord Jesus will continue to shower you with his grace and blessings. May you continue to mature in the knowledge and understanding of his will.

  63. Praise God! Awesome.

    A flicker of light to all.

    http:www.FreeBibleStudy.org

  64. Welcome Citizen,

    My grandfather left Italy when he was 17, and sailed to America. And here I am today, second generation American.

    I hope you devote your new found freedom, amazing freedom, to serving the Lord first.

  65. Praise God! You are in my prayers still, Mosab. :]

  66. Mosab,

    Your situation moved me to take action – praying, emailing and calling. The Lord moved the DHS to grant your asylum! What a praise! I hope your studies can start this fall in history and geography. I also hope I should have occasion to meet you some day. Come to Idaho on vacation!

  67. Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. psalms 37:4-This is what’s happening to you, another testimony your Darling Abba God has given to you. REJOICE!Let’s party in the LORD!

  68. Praise God! Praise God!!!!!!!!! wooo hoooooo! NOw what are you going to do, Mosab?

  69. Praise the Lord from Japan! Our Jesus Christ is amazingly faithful, isn’t He!? I am so happy for you as the Lord responded to your step into faith, and pray for you to continually grow in Him. You are special chosen one to be a light for your fellows. The Time is near!

  70. Congratulations “Son of Hamas” :-)

    Welcome in the free country USA!

    http://newstime.co.nz/son-of-hamas-wins-asylum-fight.html

    Signs of Sanity – ‘Son of Hamas’ wins asylum fight

  71. Wonderful! I have been following your story for some time now. This is just wonderful.

    What does God have for Mosab in the future, I wonder??? I will be praying for you future ministry.

  72. This is the best news I have heard…for a long time.

    Good News is so rare these days…

  73. Congratulations from NZ Son of Hamas! Have deeply appreciated reading your book. My understanding has been enlarged that is for sure! I rejoice with you Mosab to hear of the wonderful victory you have just received. May God continue to lead and guide you and give you a voice to the nations – to unblock deaf ears and give sight to the blind.
    Barbara

  74. Praise God, Mosab! May God bless you as you continue to do his work.

  75. Congratulations! Joseph, this episode definitely has been for a cause, just like your entire struggle so far. I hope and pray that the Almighty will grant you the wisdom, good health and the grace to live your life for His glory. Please remember, to whom much is given much is expected. The Good Lord had done a lot on your account, we now look forward to your actions. I am sure He will not leave you alone to this task if you but continue to trust and obey Him in all your actions. I wish you God’s guidance.

  76. Praying for the Holy Spirit’s continued protection over you. God has much for you to do with the platform He has given you! Seek Him, He will direct you. Proverbs 3:5-8
    So thankful this turned out as it has.
    God Bless you!

  77. Amazing grace…!!!

  78. Congratulations from Finland too! I have followed your story and I`m grateful for your honesty, courage and information about Hamas and the Middle East. Be blessed, brother in Christ.

  79. Our God is an AWESOME GOD and He has a promising future for you indeed!
    I want to thank you for your service on behalf of my precious family members who live in Israel – only God knows just how many lives were saved from disaster because of your selfless service! And now we, here in the USA, are privileged to have you here with us.
    How appropriate that your granted political asylum has been granted just in time for you to celebrate on this 4th of July!! ENJOY the celebrations.
    You are precious to the heart of God and to mine as well!
    Your sister in Christ who will continue to pray for you.

  80. Halleluyah!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Lord!!

  81. You are not alone Mosab. Many of us are with you! You have a home in Maryland if you ever need a place to stay. My wife and I have both read your book and followed your news. Your sacrifice has been very great. Very few Americans understand what you have been through and the world you have left. But be encouraged, you are not alone!

    Blessings…jd

  82. Thank you Lord! I pray that your family sees the Lord in your actions and comes to realize the truth. My prayers are with you and the people of the Middle East. May God reveal Himself to all.

  83. Congratulations, my precious brother, Joseph. Another prayer answered by our loving heavenly Father. I continue to pray for each member of your family and hope soon to see them come to the Saviour.

  84. As an Israeli Jerusalemite,your victory is our victory. You are a very courageous young man and I thank you for all you have done to prevent senseless bloodshed in our part of the world.

  85. May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ continue to sanctify you more and more, so that your life is a prepared vessel for the Gospel to be exalted through you. You are in my prayers.
    Your Sister in Christ, Tina

  86. Wonderful news! I’m Christian, and it was a Jewish friend who informed me you had been granted asylum. Your testimony is reaching so many people.

  87. I was shocked to hear that you were seen as a security threat to the USA. I thought that was outrageous because you should be seen as an asset rather than a threat. I took it as a spiritual matter and prayed for you. The enemy is angry that you a not dead already. Thank God you have been granted a proper asylum. Hallelujah.

  88. Another prayer answered, ‘Joseph’! I am thrilled and thankful. If you happen to be checking these comments, I would appreciate receiving an email from you regarding the possibility of posting your personal testimony on how you received Christ on my Gospel-based website, http://www.heaven4sure.com. I have maintained this personal website for over a decade. It would be great to post your story on it. You can email me through my website.

  89. Praises to God almighty! We are very happy for you and hope that you have a wonderful life as an American citizen!

  90. Hey Mosab. Thank you for your courage to do what you knew was right! I really enjoyed reading your book and how great of a man your father is. I think it is amazing how much like Jesus he is and how that influenced you to follow the one true Son of God! Victories will continue for you because you are now a part of something that will possibly bring redemption for some of your fellow countrymen. I know that your example will be remembered at least by those who know you very closely. Like Paul said, “That I might win the more.” 1Corinthians 9:19-22

  91. Usually, I don’t write on discussion board or blogs, but now I feel compelled to do so, as if it were my duty.

    I’m very concerned about your spiritual well-being,Mosab, because I have heard rumors, that you have got involved in the so called New Age movement (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Age_movement ), which is a very dark and dangerous cult.

    While I certainly hope that these rumors are false, I’ll continue to pray for you so that you will be able to remain loyal to our Lord and His word.

    Your sister in Messiah,
    Lena

  92. Praise God!
    We continue to pray for you and your family and the situation in Israel and Palestine. May God use you powerfully in your new home. With love and blessings from your Australian family in Christ.

  93. Praise God for the work He is doing in your life. Thank you for God for this brave young man, grow him in the Lord strengthen him and protect him. May God continue to use you in a mighty and powerful way. Thank you for your testimony

  94. It’s so wonderfull and iam happy for u.. i just finish riding u’r book and i thing that u are so brave.. i live in israel so i know what u mean. i wish u luck and by happy..

  95. I just finished your book. I read almost the entire book today. Thank you for sharing your story! I prayed for you throughout my reading and will continue to pray for you and your family! Your story brings hope to my heart–reminding me of God’s mighty power to save through His Son Jesus! May he BLESS you and bring salvation to your family!

  96. Mosab… I was so excited to hear the good news of your asylum in the US. God is so good! You are an inspiration to many. I read your book and was so blessed… thank you for sharing your story! Welcome to the family of God. May He bless you abundantly in the days to come.

  97. Mosab, I was given your book to read the week before your trial. “By chance” heard the news of this “Mosab Hassan Yousef” facing deportation on the 30th and realized you were one in the same person. Great timing, God!! So my family and I got to help pray you through the hearing. :) Very satisfied with the results! Couldn’t put your book down. Being a gentile person who worships with Jewish people who believe that Jesus is the Messiah, I have a great interest in your story and, wow, I learned so much. Thanks very much for letting us in on your journey. No matter what good or bad or questionable things you find here in our culture, always keep the principle things principle…namely Jesus alone. He is so very wonderful in every way!!!! Many blessings, brother.

  98. Dear Mosab, I praise the Lord you have been granted asylum. I, as so many others, were praying for you. I first saw you on Fox News and have heard radio interviews you have given. You are a blessing, so humble, and through your example have brought many people to Christ. Many crowns await you in heaven.

  99. Hey Mosab, I just finished your book and really am really encouraged by your life, testimony and courage. The Lord places us in our families and backgrounds all for a reason and surely He has place you in your family for a reason. I hope that you’ll continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of God and praying that your family will come to know Jesus one day. God bless!

  100. Joseph
    In spite of our circumstances, in spite of what we see, in spite of how we feel, God said All things work together for the good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purposes.
    Joseph in Hebrew means the Lord shall increase so now I pray, Lord bless him indeed continue to enlarge his boarders, let your hand be upon him and keep evil far from him use him for your glory in Jesus name Amen
    Joseph told his brothers But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass , as it is this day, to save much people alive .

    http://intimatemomentswiththefather.com/blog/

  101. Our God is a faithful God. To Him alone be all Glory, Honour and Praise in jesus name

  102. השבח ישו הנוצרי

  103. Hi, Mosab! My husband and I were so happy when your book which we purchased arrived in the mail this week. I got to read it first. My husband is saving it to read while he is in the hospital for surgery soon. All praise to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who brought you into His family! May He bless and keep you. What an amazing testimony!

  104. Congratulations !!! May Gods love reign over !!! I am so happy for you Mosab and very thankful to your friend Goren and to all the people that have prayed relentlessly for your grant to stay here in America and that we must continue to serve God by spreading his good news to people all over the globe….Mosab, you are a good example for standing up and letting people know about your experiences about your previous life and hoping that more people will see what God’s love will do to you cuz LOVE prevails. May God bless your soul Mosab !!

    Joe
    California, U.S.A.

  105. Dear Brother,
    Reading the comments… we are a strange lot, we believers. Jewish and Christian. Cannot agree with each other on many things, but I hope that we all may agree on your courage and God’s goodness.

    From Australia, we rejoice with you and bless you as you move into a new life. Follow Jesus, keep your eyes on Him. Where you live is not as important as how you live.

  106. Congratulations Mosab! Jesus is really with you! America needs you.

  107. Parabéns! E que Deus o abençõe.

    Brasil – SP

  108. Praise the Lord!!!!!!!!!!!

  109. I am gratified that the hearts of the people God allowed to be in authority were moved by His Holy Spirit. This is an encouragement that it’s not too late for America to get down on it’s knees, repent, and pray for God to once again bless America.

    I am relieved that this man was spared deportation.

    Let us as Americans remember to THANK God and BLESS God.

  110. Yes,this is a time to rejoice, but let it not be a victory chant. Perhaps, it should be a time to reflect on ourselves and live holy lives that pursue justice and mercy and peace and proclaim the true living God Jesus Christ. To many Muslims have seen Christians live lives that are not worthy of their calling.

    PS. All I can feel is a love for Mosab as a brother I have known for years even though I just finished reading his book yesterday. (in a 24 hr. period) But let us remember to pray for the Muslim people and love them by the power of the Holy Spirit. But always standing for the truth of the Gospel.

  111. You have a wonderful testimony. I thank God for you.

  112. I heard you this afternoon on Moody station in Chicago. I will be buying your book. Bravo!!!
    I am from the middle east, Assyrian and Armenian, so thrilled to hear of your change of heart with Jesus. He is the true savior. God has blessed you in many ways.

    Rema

  113. I heard Mosab speak at the First Baptist Church of Hammond. I heard him mention that the Qur’an says that Allah is deceit. does anyone know what Surah says that. It would be nice to find out. It will really help my study.

  114. Mosab, i originally heard you on The Michael Medved radio program. i purchased your book & read it in 1 day. thankyou for enlightening me more about Middle East issues. i do love your family b/c they seem to have such love in their hearts, even though Islam has misdirected them. i pray they will hear Jesus’s voice through you. God placed a love in my heart for Jewish people when i was very young. i thank Gonen for his openness toward you. i pray that you both continue to walk in Christ’s light & not be overcome by all the “riches” that America has to offer in the way of money & fame. yet, you will walk in the American way that was established by those who recognize our Lord first & above all. may you always be “rooted & grounded” in Christ. your sister, diane

  115. Many are called, but few are chosen. Matthew 22:16 Mosab, you have been chosen my brother! God bless you always! Your life is a shining light to the darkness of the world. Many blessings from Australia.

  116. Eu sou uma mãe brasileira,estou lendo o seu livro e me emocionando muito com a sua história e seu testemunho de vida.
    Me coloco sempre no lugar de sua mãe e creio que gostaria de ter um filho tão forte e corajoso como você.
    Nunca se sinta só,pois todos os seus irmão em CRISTO estarão por todo lugar unidos a você atraves do seu livro.
    Sei que nada substitui a nossa casa e a nossa família,mas achei que seria reconfortante para você dizer que eu,uma mãe do outro lado do mundo,gostaria de abraça-lo e dizer:DEUS TE ABENÇOE FILHO DO HAMAS!!!!

    PAZ SEJA CONTIGO!!!

  117. God protect you my brother. I’m brazilian and I was praying for you. I desire meet you and to hug you… The world need to read your book… Peace…

  118. Bought & read your book when I went to Jerusalem this year. It really helped me more than you could know to relate to the Muslim’s. I loved reading your book. I hope it gets made into a movie, like fighting the giants.

    While in Jerusalem I took a “kosher” yoga class. It was pretty fun way to take a yoga class. I found a “holyyoga” link you can Google.

    I am a solid Christian and started taking yoga 2 years ago…love the exercise it brings…I worship Jesus while I practice. No worries. I let my yoga teachers know about my faith.
    Pray with them and give them Christian books as the Holy Spirit leads me to do and give them encouragement after every class.

    Blessings to you always my Brother

  119. Praise be to our GOD AND SAVIOR THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
    My Bro. you are a living proof of the great GOD that we believe and worship, I thank HIM for your faith.
    May HE bless you today and every day as you faithfully serve and bring HIM glory, You are a channal of HIS light and love in this dark world, I pray millions of muslims will get saved because of your work for our ALMUGHTY GOD.
    Our love and prayers

  120. Our God is so big!

  121. You have a wonderful testimony. I thank God for you.Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.

  122. Mosab, I just finished reading your book some hours ago. Amazing story. Great book. One thing that puzzles me is at the end when you speak of encountering who you thought was Maher Odeh in the street. I hope you let Shin Bet and Loai know about that hunch. Be careful, I don’t like the fact that he “happened” to be in California, if it was him. Speaking of Loai, while reading this book I thought that maybe he was a Christian. His kindness and protection of you and your father reminded me of how the Lord puts people in the right place and they show this amazing kindness and concern. The last ones that you expected, until then the “enemy.” I believe the turning point for you began with your conversations with Loai and the Shin Bet. I heard about your possible deportation Praise the Lord, that you were given asylum in our country. I see the Lord’s hand in this outcome. I believe that the Lord is going to use you for His Glory in a mighty way, not only here but, all around the world. Is a movie being planned? I hope one of the Christian media outlets tell your story in this form.

  123. Congratulations Mosab, I was at CBA in St. Louis where you were in July. I have been touched by your book. I laid awake last night in bed, tears coming to my eyes just thinking about what you have sacrificed. I pray God’s blessing over you and I am proud to call you brother.

  124. Hello Mosab Hassan, Greetings. A friend gave me a copy of your book.

    As a fellow believer in Jesus Christ, the account of your life that you have revealed is incredible, and faith building to say the least. I must say that it is hard to comprehend the circumstances that you have lived in and experienced during your lifetime. The matters involved make my heart ache and cry for all those who have been part of your journey and especially for yourself, given the enormous sacrifice that you have had to make to embrace the teachings of the Son of God.

    My wife and I pray that you will continue to remain strong in the faith that you have embraced, growing daily in the grace and knowledge of love and truth as it is in Christ Jesus our Lord. May your brave and courageous stand be truly blessed. Our thoughts reach out to your family, who evidently remain strangers to what you have found and committed to.

    It is noted from your book that you have struggled; and perhaps still do, with the concept that Jesus is God. We to can fully empathise with your feelings in this regard, as whilst we to are are committed to the Christ of the Bible, we have great difficulty lining up our understanding as gained from that book, with the concept of God as portrayed generally by the Christian Church at large. After many years of reading and studying the words of the Bible, we have not been unable to reconcile it with the Trinitarian concept of God. We have found it more than difficult to square it with what we read in Deuteronomy 6:4-6 and affirmed by Jesus in Mark 12:29-31. Whilst we actually attend a Baptist Church where our understanding is the exception, we do not make it an issue, as we firmly believe that labouring such hinders and detracts from promoting the precepts of behaviour and attitude that our Lord desires, as expressed by Him in the Sermon on the Mount – Matthew 5, 6 and 7.

    May the peace, joy and love of God be with you in every way.

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