Name Hazem Farraj
Books Mohammed, Jesus and Me
Website Hazem Farraj's website
|Born 1984Brooklyn, New York|
Occupation Minister and televangelist
Religion Christianity, Ex-Muslim
Employer Trinity Broadcasting Network
My Chat with Hazem Farraj, Palestinian Ex-Muslim and Christian Convert (THE SAAD TRUTH_154)
Hazem Farraj (Arabic: حازم فراج born 1984) is an Arab-American writer, minister, and Christian television host. He is currently the host of the TBN show Reflections.
- My Chat with Hazem Farraj, Palestinian Ex Muslim and Christian Convert (THE SAAD TRUTH_154)
- Early life
In 1984 Farraj was born in Brooklyn to a Palestinian-American family. At the age of twelve his father moved Farraj and his twelve siblings back to Israel, settling in the East Jerusalem suburb of Beit Hanina. While living in the suburb he attempted to convert a Christian family to Islam, but instead found himself attaching himself more closely to Christianity than Islam. He converted around the age of 15, but kept it a secret from those around him. In 2000 (during the Second Intifada), the family moved back to the United States. After a few years he revealed his conversion to his father, who disowned him. Farraj then moved to Alabama to seek the help of the family that had converted him while living in Israel. He briefly considered changing his name to Adam, however he has said he believes God sent a message to him to "stop running from your culture" soon afterwards, which caused him to change his mind.
Farraj first discovered televangelism while watching television in Jerusalem, and decided to use televangelism to try and convert Muslims to Christianity. Today he is the televangelist for the satellite broadcast Trinity Broadcasting Network show Reflections, which reaches six different satellite networks and the full TBN network. The television show is broadcast in both English and Arabic. Many of his targeted areas are the Muslim areas of Israel as well as other parts of the Arab world and culture. Because of his views on Islam as an ex-Muslim, Farraj is the subject of threats against his life and has not spoken to his father, step-mother, or siblings since revealing his conversion. He has said that he believes "Christian media is so crucial because it’s one of the most powerful ways to preach in anti-Christian nations".