A British Asian convert from Islam, Nissar Hussain, told Barnabas that a mob of around 40 Muslim young men of Pakistani descent gathered outside his home in Bradford on 18 August in a patent display of intimidation. Two days later, his car was pelted with eggs by youngsters. But last week’s attacks are merely the latest in a history of persistent persecution towards this Christian convert family.
Mr Hussain and his wife converted from Islam to Christianity in 1996 and have endured decades of persecution by Muslims in the UK. “We are quite simply living as prisoners in our home and as soon as we try to venture outside we are jeered at, mocked, and sworn at,” he wrote.
In the past year alone his car has been damaged four times, and this month the rear screen and side window of his son’s car were also smashed when he was back home during the university summer break.
Years of persecution from the local Muslim community forced Mr Hussain’s family out of their previous home in 2006. But problems resurfaced in 2008 when the couple participated in a BBCDispatches documentary called “Unholy war” that highlighted the plight of Muslim converts to Christianity. Since then, they have been the victims of violence, abuse and other attacks.
One of the most frustrating and distressing features of these problems is that the family gets little help from police, local authorities or even other Christians. Previously, he received advice from one police officer to consider moving house if he wanted to escape the intimidation and on another occasion he was advised by the police sergeant to “stop trying to be a crusader and move out”