Mark A. Gabriel, born 30 December 1957, is a writer on affairs, who lives in the United States under "religious asylum". He is the author of five books critical of , including and the Jews: The Unfinished Battle and Journey into the Mind of an Terrorist.
In his first book written in 1997, Against the Tides in the Middle East: The true story , former teacher of history, Gabriel tells of his birth on 30 December 1957 to parents in Upper Egypt. His name back then was Mustafa. His parents, wealthy owners of a clothing factory, as well as his six brothers and one sister, were all devout . Early fears by relatives that Mustafa would grow up as a Christian because he had been nursed by a Christian woman resulted in him being given a thorough education.
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Mustafa grew up immersed in culture and was sent to Al Azhar school at the age of six. By the time he was twelve years of age, he had completely memorized the Qur'an After graduating from Al-Azhar University with a Master's degree in 1990, with a graduation thesis on The reign of the heir over the kingdom in the period of Ammaweya, he was subsequently offered a position as a lecturer at the university. During his research, which involved travel to Eastern and Western countries, Mustafa became more distant from . In his book, he wrote about his view of stating:
||[I found 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 people and their leaders were perpetrators of violence."
On hearing that Mustafa had "forsaken teachings", the authorities of Al 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 Anas Ebn Malek in the city of Giza. 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 the Khalifa prison in Cairo. He was 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. However, after a year of reflection on religious texts and discussions with a Christian woman, he "gave his heart to Jesus".
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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. After returning to Cairo, Mustafa wore a Christian crucifix around his neck for ten days 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". Mustafa writes that his father collapsed, but on recovering cried out to his other sons saying: "Your brother is a convert! I must kill him today!". Mustafa escaped to his sister's house. On 28 August 1994, he traveled 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 five days later "to tell the people everywhere what Jesus did for him in Africa"
Mustafa subsequently changed his name, taking the Christian name of Mark Gabriel.