‘Why am I seen as a stumbling block to inter-faith dialogue?’

April 14, 2019

TRAUMATIC TIME: ” Absolutely nothing has prepared me and my family for this onslaught. This has been front-line warfare, in the trenches stuff. I suffer from PTSD and it has culminated in 18 years of lawlessness of the worst kind with impunity.  I’ve got to a point we’ve been so failed by past governments, present governments, in fact right now politicians won’t touch me with a barge pole.” – Nissar Hussein – British Pakistani Christian who converted from Islam.

BRIEF EXCHANGE: Nissar Hussein spoke of his family’s experience to the Most Rev Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon of Nigeria, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, at a meeting of Anglican leaders shortly before he was hospitalized but it was cut short by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

STUMBLING BLOCK: Mr Hussein said to the Archbishop of Canterbury at this Anglican meeting of leaders “Look, I know you know who I am, but can you please help us? We are desperate now, we are being forced out of our home. He dismissed me and said ‘we are doing all we can’ and walked off.” His spokesman did not comment on this altercation but did say that Lambeth Palace continually prays for persecuted Christians and their persecutors. Picture courtesy of the US State Department.

 

 

 

A CONVERT to Christianity claims he was betrayed by local police and church leaders and that he and his family have been living internally as displaced persons in the UK for the past 18 years as a consequence.

In a  speech that was hosted in Essex, Mr Hussein explains how he and his family were betrayed by the Government because they had converted from Islam to Christianity and had been brutally harassed during that time by criminal elements within the Pakistani community.

Mr Hussein is a first-generation Pakistani British citizen born in this country, who had a traditional arranged marriage with his wife being born in Pakistan and they were married in 1988 and his children were all born in Bradford.

‘Our persecutors have targeted us for 18 years’

“I’m eternally displaced with my family and have been for the last two years out of Bradford for literally no other reason than rejecting Islam and embracing Christianity. Absolutely nothing has prepared me and my family for this onslaught. This has been front-line warfare, in the trenches stuff. I suffer from PTSD and it has culminated in 18 years of lawlessness of the worst kind with impunity.

‘I’m so disillusioned I may leave the country’

“I’ve got to a point we’ve been so failed by past governments, present governments, in fact right now politicians won’t touch me with a barge pole, in fact where I’m now I can’t get an appointment with an MP and she is a Cabinet minister and refused to meet me about our future lives. I have to consider leaving this country. I am so disillusioned. I’ve never been into politics.”

The Hussein family had a period of peace between 2006 and 2008, but after he participated in a Dispatches documentary called UnHoly War, a clan family within the Pakistan Muslim community, took umbrage and started ruthlessly attacking the family again.

‘Aren’t I allowed to have religious freedom?’

“Because I contributed to a Dispatches documentary and for my troubles, and we live in a democracy and a democratic age, why shouldn’t I have the same reasons as these people who have mosques galore, and every religious freedom? So on that basis, I felt I had the right to speak out that this issue of Sharia, death and destruction is upon me and my family in a so-called free and democratic country.”

‘Group of Polish lads saved my life’

Despite meeting with a local Imam who knew the Clan family carrying out the intimidation and regular pleas to Bradford Police, it didn’t prevent Mr Hussein being beaten to death within an inch of his life had the perpetrators had not been disturbed by a group of Polish men living near by who chased them off.

When he was recuperating in hospital from his injuries in 2016, he was asked by one of the audience at his speech whether someone from the local Muslim community or the Anglican church visited him. This was his response.

‘No Pakistani or Anglican community leaders visited me in hospital’

“No. Not only did none of the so-called community leaders come near my home or after I came back from hospital, but also the appalling Bishops and church leaders didn’t come to see my wife, even phone and these are these wonderful Christians, sad to say. Why? Because of fear, ultimate fear by association.

‘I was stumbling block to inter-faith dialogue’

As for the appalling Bishops, they were complicit in trying to use another vicar to ask me to move out of my home. Why? Inter-faith, inter-ecumenical dialogue. Mustn’t lose our friendships with the Muslim community as they saw me as a stumbling block.”

‘Archbishop didn’t want Dr Josiah speaking to me’

Mr Hussein claims the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Rt Rev Justin Welby, was aware of his case and when he was in conversation with Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon, the Secretary-General of the Anglican Communion at a gathering of Anglican figures, the crucial exchange was unceremoniously shortened. This was several months before his attack.

‘When I asked for his help, Archbishop walked off’

“Very rudely he took away Bishop Josiah away swiftly as I was telling him the failure of the Church what we were going through, his jaw just dropped. The wonderful Mr Welby whipped Josiah away and jumped onto the Podium and couldn’t get him way fast enough. When I stopped him and said ‘Look, I know you know who I am, but can you please help us? We are desperate now, we are being forced out of our home. He dismissed me and said ‘we are doing all we can’ and walked off.”

Rather than directly address Mr Hussein’s concerns about the public safety of himself  and his family the Archbishop’s spokesman appeared to be buck passing, emphasizing their current track record of speaking up for vulnerable persecuted Christians across the world, but not within the UK.

‘Look at our track record on Christian persecution’

His spokesman Dominic Goodall directed our source to look at the Presence and Engagement pages of the Church of England’s website.

He referred to a review set up by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt  led by the Right Rev Philip Mounstephen (the new Bishop of Truro) to report by June 2019 on international Christian persecution and what needs to be done to support Christians who face hostility in their own country.

Mr Goodall said: “The Archbishop will continue to speak out about the issues affecting persecuted Christians and those from other faiths. As well as raising concerns with those in government, the Archbishop and the praying community here at Lambeth Palace continually pray for persecuted Christians and indeed the persecutors.”

 

 

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