In a house in Bradford, north England a scene is being played out that is as old as Christianity itself: the faithful gathering in a home to share fellowship and the gospel. The guests, some of whom have travelled from many miles away, are kept well supplied with food and drinks by Mrs Kubra Hussain: cups of tea to quench thirst, spicy chicken and chickpea curries served with chapatti to assuage hunger.
But Mrs Hussain and her husband Nissar are also victims of that other enduring feature of religious life: persecution. Nearly 2000 years ago, just a year after the crucifixion of Jesus, St Stephen was stoned to death for his faith. A few years later, St Paul was jailed and then beheaded for his. Today, in Syria, the Christian faith is fast disappearing entirely, centuries old communities wiped out by Islamic jihadists with barely a whisper of condemnation from the west.
In the UK, three weeks ago, Nissar was beaten to within an inch of his life by Muslim neighbours to revile him as an apostate and a blasphemer. “They split my kneecap,” he told Breitbart London. “The doctor told me that’s the hardest bone in your body, it takes a lot of force to break it. But when they were beating me I kept my arms around my head and kept moving. One blow like that to my head and I would have been a gonner.”
As shocking as the episode was, it was merely the culmination of fifteen years of persecution that the Hussains have endured since they left Islam and converted to Christianity.
“I never thought in my wildest imagination this would happen” he said. “When I first converted I knew I knew I’d be shunned. I’d get a few name calls, maybe angry reactions through confrontation here and there, but I never thought it would come to this – years of physical, verbal, criminal abuse and then suddenly almost my life being snuffed out. All because of their taking offence to me being a convert.”
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