Jewish American Converts to Islam      
Joseph Cohen moved from the United States to Israel as a devout Jew in 1998, 
but within three years he had converted to Islam and become Yosef Mohammed 
Khatib, a supporter of the militant Hamas, according to a report broadcast 
Thursday on Israel TV.
 Now he refuses to say the word Israel, choosing instead to call the area 
"Palestine." His four children study the Quran, the Muslim holy book, instead 
of the Torah, its Jewish counterpart.
 It was while living in the desert town of Netivot that Khatib met a sheik from 
the United Arab Emirates through an Internet chat about Israel. Khatib said he 
spent hours corresponding with the sheik, discussing theology. Gradually he 
began to see Judaism as racist and turned toward Islam after reading the Quran, 
he told Channel 10 TV. The report did not say where he lived in the United 
States or give his age.
 Last year he told his wife, Luna, also a devout Jew from the United States, 
that he wanted to convert to Islam.
 "I said, `Listen, I love you very much ... and I have to be honest with you,'" 
Khatib said in the TV interview. "I read the Quran and I agree with everything 
it says in the Quran, and if I continue saying that I'm a religious Jew, I 
would be a liar."
 The family converted together and moved from Netivot to an Arab neighborhood 
in east Jerusalem. The children went from being top in their classes on Judaism 
studies to being well-versed in Islam, he said.
 Instead of supporting the Israeli Orthodox Jewish political party Shas, Khatib 
now supports the radical Islamic Hamas and believes an Islamic state should be 
set up where Israel and the Palestinian areas are now located.
 He praised Hamas for setting up social services for Palestinians but dodged 
questions about the other side of the Islamic group - suicide bombings and 
other attacks against Israelis. The United States has declared Hamas a terror 
 Khatib differed from most Israelis and Americans in his views about Osama bin 
Laden, the top suspect in the Sept. 11 terror attacks in New York and 
 "I think that he's number one, Muslim number one," Khatib said with a strong 
New York accent about bin Laden. "But I don't think that he's responsible for 
the World Trade Center (attacks)."
 Wearing the white skullcap and robes of a religious Muslim, Khatib denied his 
Jewish past, insisting that he is 100 percent Muslim. He made a parody of a 
blessing that observant Jews say every morning, in which they thank God for not 
making them gentiles.
 "Blessed are Thou, Lord Our God," Khatib began in the traditional Jewish 
blessing, but ended it with, "for not making me a Jew."
Wednesday : 30/07/2008 


"Prayer, wisdom, knowledge and faith are the best gifts that I have……"Zohra 
Moosa (Deaf Poet)



{Invite (mankind, O Muhammad ) to the Way of your Lord (i.e. Islam) with wisdom 
(i.e. with the Divine Inspiration and the Qur'an) and fair preaching, and argue 
with them in a way that is better. Truly, your Lord knows best who has gone 
astray from His Path, and He is the Best Aware of those who are guided.} (Holy 

{And who is better in speech than he who [says: "My Lord is Allah (believes in 
His Oneness)," and then stands straight (acts upon His Order), and] invites 
(men) to Allah's (Islamic Monotheism), and does righteous deeds, and says: "I 
am one of the Muslims."} (Holy Quran-41:33)
The prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "By Allah, if 
Allah guides one person by you, it is better for you than the best types of 
camels." [al-Bukhaaree, Muslim] 

The prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)  also said, "Whoever 
calls to guidance will have a reward similar to the reward of the one who 
follows him, without the reward of either of them being lessened at all." 
[Muslim, Ahmad, Aboo Daawood, an-Nasaa'ee, at-Tirmidhee, Ibn Maajah] 



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