By Jane Amaka
Nissar Hussain, his wife and six children have been forced to flee their home in Bradford, West Yorkshire, under police guard after years of persecution for converting to Christianity.
Mr Hussain was hospitalised after he was physically attacked by two men, armed with a pick-axe, who left him severely injured with a smashed kneecap because he converted from Islam to Christianity.
Although he converted from Islam 20 years ago, Nissar Hussain, is still subject to physical and verbal attack. Last week, he and his family were forced to leave their home in Bradford under a police escort to a safe house.
“My family are distraught and extremely traumatised to be leaving. But when your life is at stake there is no other choice.” Mr Hussain added that the harassment and violence escalated after he appeared on a Channel 4 documentary about the mistreatment of Muslim converts. He points the finger at sections of the Islamic community.
He said: ‘This extreme persecution by certain people in the Muslim community because we are converts has broken us as a family.’
Mr Hussain, who was a nurse before leaving work due to post-traumatic stress disorder, says his children, aged eight to 24, and wife would never see their friends again.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said hate crime would not be tolerated and officers had been working with the family.
He said: “Our priority has always been to work effectively with our partners to minimise the risk to Mr Hussain and ensure that we maximise opportunities to put control measures in place to safeguard him, his family and consider any wider impact upon the communities across West Yorkshire.”
Nissar Hussain, since his conversion to Christianity has faced real persecution here in Britain. He is currently receiving support from Christian Concern, an organisation that offers support to Christians persecuted because of their faith. Prior to the attack, Christian Concern provided Nissar with a CCTV camera to help protect his property.