Case Histories

Nissar

“They told me categorically had I been in an Islamic country, like Pakistan or the Middle East, that they would actually be the first to chop off my head.”

Nissar, a hospital nurse, has been attacked and threatened ever since his family converted from Islam to Christianity in 1996.

When he first went to the police for protection after a threat by Muslims to burn down his house if he did not return to Islam, he was told to “stop being a crusader and move”.

Threats

Members of the local Pakistani community where Nissar and his wife, Qubra, live, have vandalised their home, set fire to their car and subjected the family to verbal abuse and even death threats.

On one occasion the couple and their five children, all aged under 10, were woken in the night to find an unoccupied house next door on fire. On another occasion a young man threatened Nissar directly, saying if he did not return to Islam, his house would be burned down.

Ten years after his conversion to Christianity, Nissar and his family moved to another part of the city to escape the barrage of abuse.

“They told me categorically had I been in an Islamic country, like Pakistan or the Middle East, that they would actually be the first to chop off my head. They called me a ‘Christian Jew dog’.

Help

“But, I am determined not to hide my conversion to Christianity and to do all I can to help the many thousands of other former Muslims, who have either moved away from Islam or need a refuge to escape this type of tyranny.”

Nissar is now a campaigner and co-founder of Safe Haven.