But life from that point on was no easy ride for Mr. Hafeez. He received death threats from his erstwhile radical Islamist friends and his father, choosing to continue to hate Jews and Israel, refuses to see his son.
"My goal now is to proudly speak the truth and to make those in the Western world aware of the dangers of a radicalized Islam and how it is not only incompatible with Western values but an existential danger to them," he said.
To that end, Mr. Hafeez has dedicated himself to promoting the truth about Israel and has created lasting ties with StandWithUs and other Zionist organizations. "Upon my return from Israel, I became convinced that I had to take a stand. I had to do what's right, I had to speak out for Israel, and bring the Israel I know to those around me, and not let them be misled by the lies that filled my mind with hate for so many years," he said.
Now, Mr. Hafeez has created his own organization called, "The Israel Campaign" and according to the groups web site, this movement is "a rallying call for all people of any color, culture or creed, to come together for Israel, a democracy under siege."
"Israel isn't a just a Jewish issue, its about freedom and democracy", says Mr. Hafeez.