Taysir 'Tass' Abu Saada is a former member of Palestinian nationalist political party 'Fatah' and a convert from Islam to Christianity. He was also a fighter for Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, engaging in many brutal conflicts on behalf o f the Palestinian state. Preaching a powerful message of love and acceptance, Tass is now a leading figure in the various reconciliatory efforts taking place across the Middle East.
"If he found a home belonging to followers of Jesus, he would sometimes throw a grenade inside and bombard it with a barrage of machine-gun fire," his website reads of his past.
In 1993, Tass he had an encounter with Jesus Christ, and his whole life changed. Now, he is seeking to reach people with the
HelloChristian.com caught up with Tass about his theology on the End Times, the future of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and his belief that all Muslims are sons of Abraham.
The Arab-Israeli conflict has been long and drawn. What do you think God has in store for these two groups and the land that divides them?
Tass: "God knows the future and knows what's going to happen and knows what happened before that in Genesis 16, 17, and 21 with Ishmael being created. God knew that all of this was going to happen, and he knows that the Ishmaelites (Muslims) are going to also be fighting for this land as their homeland because they are fighting and longing to be back together in Abraham's home."
Tass believes that much of the theological foundation for the battle over this holy land is rooted in Ezekiel 47.
Tass: "Chapter 47 is a chapter where God was telling the prophet, Ezekiel, to divide up the land and giving the measurement for each tribe of Israel. It goes on until you get to the 23rd verse, and then God said to the prophet Ezekiel, "To give the foreigners living among, if we consider the Jews and Israelites are the natives of the land because God has given it to the Jews, then anybody living within that land are foreigners, are not native Israelites."
"That's underneath the surface and most of these Muslims don't even know it. I know that because when I started studying the Bible, I
Tass explains the story of Abraham, and why it is so important to people of both the Christian and Muslim faith.
Tass: "When I read Genesis 15, for example, God appears to Abraham and Abraham, being a Chaldean, a Middle Eastern, he complained to God. He said, 'God, you gave me everything but you didn't give me a son to inherit.' God said, 'Okay. I know. I will give you a son. You will have a son.' I'm paraphrasing now."
"Then 15 years later, he still didn't have a son. In Genesis 16, Sarah decided, 'Okay. I've
Tass continues "She suggests to Abraham to go and sleep with her maid servant, Hagar, that he might have a son through her. The Bible says Abraham slept with Hagar, but the Bible says something else that is very significant. Sarah took her maid servant, Hagar, and gave her to her husband Abraham to be his wife. Why? What's so significant about Hagar being his wife? Why not his concubine or his maid servant? Why did God make a point to Moses that Hagar must be his wife?"
"Because God wants to make sure that Ishmael is going to be a legitimate son of Abraham and not a bastard son."
"I got goosebumps when I started reading that and
Awesome. There are more and more reports of Jesus appearing to Muslims in dreams and visions. You talk about this being a Biblical thing. Can you explain this further?
Tass: "When Abraham slept with Hagar, she started getting big headed and stopped obeying Sarah, as if she's no longer a slave to Sarah. She was still a servant to Sarah. That did not change her position, but Hagar got big headed. 'I am the one with the baby,' she thought."
"So she started being disobedient. Sarah went to Abraham and she said, 'Abraham, I put this woman in your arms and now that she's pregnant, she has a child, and she is disobeying me. May God judge between me and you.' I'm reading this and I'm thinking, 'What is going on here?' First, she suggests to Abraham to go and sleep with the woman, and now she tells him it's Abraham's fault that this happened. Then I
"The Bible didn't say that Abraham said, 'Oh, now wait a minute, Sarah, honey. Wait a minute. Let's talk about this. Let's talk to God and see if that's what he wants us to do.' He didn't. He just agreed. Sarah knows what she's talking about, which is
"In verse eight of Genesis 16, it says, 'The angel of the Lord appeared to Hagar.' When you read that in the Bible, in my English Bible or in the Arabic Bible, it
So, Jesus took the time out to visit the mother of the Muslim faith? Wow.
"Jesus took time out to visit Hagar because he cares about her. God cares about every little detail of our life, and God is a just God," Tass concludes.
And do you think Jesus is still visiting Muslims to reveal himself to them?
"Yes. A lot
You can buy Tass's book The Mind of Terror here.