Mosab Hassan Yousef in 2008 interview with Al-Hayat TV (Middle East Media Research Institute)

The eldest son of one of Hamas’ founding members has come out in vehement opposition to plans by Muslims to build an Islamic cultural center and mosque near New York City’s Ground Zero, site of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, was once considered an heir to his father’s leadership of the terrorist group Hamas until his dramatic conversion to Christianity. Yousef’s remarkable story is told in the book “Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue and Unthinkable Choices.”

“All I can say [is] shame on Muslims to do this, to build a mosque on a graveyard that all its victims were killed [in] the name of the god of the Quran, who mandated the killing of those innocent people,” Yousef said yesterday in a radio interview with Aaron Klein, WND’s senior reporter and host of an investigative radio program on New York’s WABC 770 AM radio.

“They are celebrating now and praising the same god who mandated the killing of those victims, two and a half blocks from their graveyard,” he told Klein on his WABC show.

Audio of Yousef’s comments can be heard below:

As WND reported, Yousef broke the heart of his pious, close-knit family and put their lives and his own in danger with his announcement two years ago that he had become a follower of Jesus Christ.

It’s a story many find hard to believe, he acknowledged.

But the “secret is very simple,” said the 32-year-old Yousef in a conference call with reporters earlier this year. “When the love of our Lord is in a man’s heart, this man acts totally different.”

“They don’t want to admit that,” he said of his detractors. “If they admit that what changed my life was Jesus Christ, this will open lots of questions, and they don’t want to go there.”

After 10 years of fighting terrorism in secret as one of the top spies for Israel’s internal security arm, Shin Bet, Yousef sees himself now on a new, but no less provocative mission – to free Muslims from the “god of Islam.”

He emphasizes Muslims are not his enemies.

“My heart is broken for them,” he told reporters. “This is what I want them to understand. I am not here to fight Muslims. I am fighting their god, and I believe that the biggest enemy that Muslims are facing is their god and their prophet.”

Muhammad, Yousef said, began 1,400 years ago with a lie he “wrapped with layers of facts, truth and charity work and good things.”

“So he made a perfect lie,” he said. “I believe Islam is the biggest lie in human history. This is how I believe. Muslims are victims of this lie.”

Now, he said, is the “time for them to wake up from this lie, to be brave enough to face it.”

As WND reported, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, founder of the American Society for Muslim Advancement, is leading the charge to construct a proposed $100 million, 13-story Islamic cultural center and mosque near the site of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The building at Park Place, just blocks north of the former World Trade Center site, was the site of a Burlington Coat Factory until a plane’s landing-gear assembly crashed through the roof when 19 Muslim terrorists hijacked airliners and flew them into the towers.

Rauf has announced his plans to turn the building into a complete Islamic cultural center, with a mosque, a museum, “merchandising options” and room for seminars to reconcile religions, “to counteract the backlash against Muslims in general,” Speigel reported. Plans for the facility also include a 500-seat performing-arts theater, fitness center, swimming pool, library, public conference rooms, basketball courts and restaurants, according to the Tribeca Tribune.

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