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Mark A. Gabriel

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Mark A. Gabriel, born 30 December 1957, is a writer on Islamic affairs, who lives in the United States under what he describes as "religious asylum". He is the author of five books critical of Islam, including Islam and the Jews: The Unfinished Battle and Journey into the Mind of an Islamic Terrorist.

Gabriel's former name has not been revealed and his biography has not been independently verified.

Contents

Gabriel's account of his life

In his first book, Against the Tides in the Middle East: The true story of Mustafa, former teacher of Islamic history (1997), of which he also gives a full biography in his book 'Islam and Terrorism: What the Qur'an really teaches about Christianity, violence and the goals of the Islamic jihad. ' , Gabriel (writing as "Mustafa") tells of his birth on 30 December, 1957 to Muslim parents in the region of upper Egypt known as Al Saeed. His parents, wealthy owners of a clothing factory, and six brothers and one sister were all devout Muslims. Early fears by relatives that Mustafa would grow up a Christian because he had been breast fed by a Christian woman resulted in him being given a thorough Islamic education.

Mustafa grew up immersed in Islamic culture and was sent to Al Azhar school at the age of six. By the time he was twelve years old he had memorized the Qur'an completely.[1] After graduating from Al-Azhar University with a Master's degree for his thesis on The reign of the heir over the Islamic kingdom in the period of Ammaweya in 1990 he was subsequently offered a position as a lecturer at the university.[2] During his research, which involved travel to Eastern and Western countries, Mustafa had become disillusioned with Islam, finding its history, 'from its commencement to date, to be filled with violence and bloodshed without any worthwhile ideology or sense of decency. I asked myself "What religion would condone such destruction of human life?" Based on that, I began to see that the Muslim people and their leaders were perpetrators of violence."'[3] Mustafa's discovery, during a trip to Iran, that a Persian Qur'an had 115 rather than 114 chapters (in standard Persian Qur'ans this is not the case) "was the last straw, the last breath of faith"[4] he had in Islam.

On hearing that Mustafa had "forsaken Islamic teachings" the authorities of Al Azhar expelled him from the University on 17 December, 1991 and asked for him to be released from the post of Imam in the mosque of Amas Ebn Malek in Giza city. The Egyptian secret police then seized Mustafa and placed him in a cell without food and water for three days, after which he was tortured and interrogated for four days before being transferred to Calipha prison in Cairo and released without charge a week later. Following these events Mustafa lost his faith and went to work as a sales director in his father's factory, but after a year of reflection on religious texts and discussions with a Christian woman he gave his "heart to Jesus".[5]

On 4 August, 1994 Mustafa was sent by his father to South Africa to establish connections in the clothing materials business. In Durban he met a Christian family from India with whom he stayed for three days and lived a Christian life for the first time, before returning to Cairo. For about ten days Mustafa wore a Christian crucifix around his neck before his father noticed it and demanded an explanation. Mustafa explained: 'I received Jesus Christ as my God and Saviour, and I pray for you and the rest of my family to also accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour'.[6] Mustafa writes that his father collapsed, but on recovering cried out to his other sons 'Your brother is a convert! I must kill him today!'. Mustafa escaped to his sister's house and on 28 August, 1994 left on a journey through Northern Egypt, Libya, Chad and Cameroon, finally stopping in the Congo, where he was struck down by malaria. Following a miraculous recovery from certain death Mustafa left the hospital after five days "to tell the people everywhere what Jesus did" for him in Africa.[7]

Mustafa/Gabriel's life story is retold with a number of discrepancies (for example, that he was awarded a doctorate by Al Azhar) and various additions, including accounts of miraculous events, in Islam and Terrorism;[8] Islam and the Jews[9] and Jesus and Muhammad.[10]

Controversy

In addition to his alleged qualifications from Al Azhar University (his background has never been independently verified), Gabriel claims a doctorate in Christian education and a master's in world religion from Florida Christian University in Orlando, which is unaccredited. He describes himself as founder and president of Hope for the Nations, a "missions organization dedicated to bringing the Good News to the entire world, including Muslims and Jews".[11] Gabriel prays "for the entire world, including Muslims and Jews, to come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ"[12]

Gabriel's website, www.markagabriel.org, was run by Bradlee Sargent, an American-born computer programmer who "saw the importance of evangelizing Muslims in 1983, when he lived in Saudi Arabia."[13] Sargent is a member of the Arabic Evangelical Church,[14] organized by Syrian-born Christian Peter Shadid,[15] which aims to guide the Muslims of Central Florida "away from the Islamic teachings of Mohammed and toward Christianity". Gabriel is listed as the owner of the new website established on 24 July, 2006.[16]

The books published by Gabriel are promoted by Stephen Strang's Strang Communications. Strang believes that "Y'eshua is getting us ready for his return. And I believe that Y'eshua is getting us ready, all of us, the Gentile church included, for the great influx of believers. Of Jewish people whose eyes are finally opened to their need for a Messiah."[17]

Some of his critics believe that Gabriel doesn't actually exist. Among these are some professional people. Basim Ghozlan, "a former imam for the Islamic Association of Oslo (Det islamske forbundet i Osl) and now editor of the website http://www.islam.no", denounced Gabriel and his book Islam and Terrorism. [18] [19]

See also

  • Islam Unveiled

Notes

  1. ^ Mustafa, 1997, p. 9.
  2. ^ Mustafa, 1997, p. 19.
  3. ^ Mustafa, 1997, p. 20-21.
  4. ^ Mustafa, 1997, p. 21.
  5. ^ Mustafa, 1997, p. 54.
  6. ^ Mustafa, 1997, p. 60.
  7. ^ Mustafa, 1997, p. 75.
  8. ^ pp. 1-19.
  9. ^ pp. 1-30.
  10. ^ pp. 1-16.
  11. ^ Gabriel, 2003, p. 220.
  12. ^ Gabriel, 2003, p. 187.
  13. ^ Sharing the Gospel in Arabic, St. Petersburg Times, 2 January, 2002.
  14. ^ Directory of Arabic Christian Churches
  15. ^ Florida Baptist Witness, June 10, 2004. (pdf)
  16. ^ InterNIC
  17. ^ Stephen Strang At Messiah’99
  18. ^ Gabriels response to Ghozlan's 'Islam og terrorisme, Av Mark Gabriel. Kommentert av Basim Ghozlan' article
  19. ^ Islam og terrorisme, Av Mark Gabriel. Kommentert av Basim Ghozlan
  20. ^ ^ http://www.lamblion.com/Web01-03.php
  21. ^ http://www.lamblion.com/popup/photo-039.php
  22. ^ http://www.lamblion.com/video-019.php
  23. ^ Part 1 2 3 4 5 6

Media

Books published by Gabriel

  • Against the Tides in the Middle East, International Academic Centre for Muslim Evangelism in South Africa, 1997 (published under the name "Mustafa").
  • Islam and Terrorism: What the Qur'an really teaches about Christianity, violence and the goals of the Islamic jihad. 2002, ISBN 0-88419-884-7
  • Islam and the Jews: The Unfinished Battle. 2003, ISBN 0-88419-956-8
  • Jesus and Muhammad: Profound Differences and Surprising Similarities. 2004, ISBN 1-59185-291-9
  • Journey into the Mind of an Islamic Terrorist. 2006, ISBN 1-59185-713-9
  • Culture Clash [20]

Documentaries about Mark A. Gabriel

In the summer of 2004 Dr. David R. Reagan [21] of Lamb & Lion Ministries conducted two television interviews with Dr. Mark Gabriel. [22] [23] In 2006 the two interviews were edited together and Lamb & Lion Ministries produced a new DVD called "The Mark Gabriel Story." The DVD covers his life and experiences and draws heavily on the book, Islam and Terrorism. [24]



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