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China restricts Ramadan fasting in restive Xinjiang

2 August 2012 General 18 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

(English Al-Ahram)

Authorities in China’s restive northwestern region of Xinjiang have banned Muslim officials and students from fasting during Ramadan, prompting an exiled rights group to warn of new violence.

Guidance posted on numerous government websites called on Communist Party leaders to restrict Muslim religious activities during the holy month, including fasting and visiting mosques.

Xinjiang is home to around nine million Uighurs, a Turkic speaking, largely Muslim ethnic minority, many of whom accuse China’s leaders of religious and political persecution.

The region has been rocked by repeated outbreaks of ethnic violence, but China denies claims of repression and relies on tens of thousands of Uighur officials to help it govern Xinjiang.

A statement from Zonglang township in Xinjiang’s Kashgar district said that “the county committee has issued comprehensive policies on maintaining social stability during the Ramadan period.

“It is forbidden for Communist Party cadres, civil officials (including those who have retired) and students to participate in Ramadan religious activities.”

The statement, posted on the Xinjiang government website, urged party leaders to bring “gifts” of food to local village leaders to ensure that they were eating during Ramadan.

Similar orders on curbing Ramadan activities were posted on other local government websites, with the educational bureau of Wensu county urging schools to ensure that students do not enter mosques during Ramadan.

The holy month began in Xinjiang on July 20. The orders to curb religious activities were sent out across the region at different times, some before the start of Ramadan and some afterwards.

During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk and strive to be more pious and charitable.

An exiled rights group, the World Uyghur Congress, warned the policy would force “the Uighur people to resist (Chinese rule) even further.”

“By banning fasting during Ramadan, China is using administrative methods to force the Uighur people to eat in an effort to break the fasting,” said group spokesman Dilshat Rexit in a statement.

Xinjiang saw its worst ethnic violence in recent times in July, 2009, when Uighurs attacked members of the nation’s dominant Han ethnic group in the city of Urumqi, sparking clashes in which 200 people from both sides died, according to the government.

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  1. The modern freedom of communication may prevent the genocides done in secret years ago. Was a time China and Russia simply murdered various groups en masse.

  2. It swings the other way, too. Dang, you can’t throw a riot and kill some of those pesky Christian/amadiya/bahai folks without it flies all over the world in a new york minute.

  3. How can you make 9 million people eat? How do you keep track of them? My question would be how many of these 9 million people are actually practicing Muslims. If a Muslim in this community choses not to follow the faith how is he or she treated? There may be more to this story than simply the banning of the fast. Perhaps the majority of people do not want to fast but are being intimadated to do so by a smaller group. This is not unknown to happen within the world of Islam.

  4. 6 Uighur men arrested for plane hijack in China

    Published June 30, 2012

    Associated Press

    BEIJING – Six suspects arrested in a foiled plane hijack in the far-western Xinjiang region are all Uighur men, Chinese state media reported Saturday, adding to ethnic tension in the region days ahead of the third anniversary of deadly riots.

    Xinjiang is home to a large population of minority Uighurs (pronounced WEE’-gurs), but is ruled by China’s ethnic majority Hans. There have been clashes between authorities and Uighurs resentful of government controls over their religion and culture.

    State media reported that the men arrested Friday tried to hijack a plane headed for the regional capital of Urumqi, but that their efforts were foiled by passengers and flight crew. Four crew members were injured in a tussle with the suspects, China’s Civil Aviation Administration said.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/06/30/6-uighur-men-arrested-for-plane-hijack-in-china/#ixzz22PzpvHNl

  5. i bet the four Uighur living in bermuda are loving life.

  6. Well this is sickening… How can any modern nation justify the obvious repression of a religion like that. It doesn’t even hurt anyone. This is essentially China’s attempt to raise Uygher youth to abandon their culture and religion, because those that fear God tend not to fear the state. This is only one of the many methods of non-lethal cultural cleansing that China is practicing within its borders.

  7. Communism is a theocracy, its god is the state and it hates competition. Lenin did say that religion was like a nail, the harder you pounds it the more it goes in.

  8. siyajk’ak,

    “How can any modern nation justify the obvious repression of a religion like that.” i agree the chinese are repressive bastards. but what islamic “modern nation” doesn’t repress religion? you familiar with article XX in pakistan? obviouly saudi arabia doesn’t allow the construction of churches. the iranians repress your people, the baha’i. or are you not baha’i? how about the zorostians? are any pagans allowed in any islamic nation? does not the koran repress pagans? how about muhammad destroying idols? so much for there is no complusion in religion.

  9. Mike is right. Muslims only see repression if it hits them, they would gladly repress everyone else.

  10. MIke,

    does not the koran repress pagans? how about muhammad destroying idols? so much for there is no complusion in religion.

    No, you are an idiot. The Pagans formed a treaty with the Muslims after they suffered several losses in the war they waged against the Muslims. The Muslims quickly agreed. The Pagans broke their own treaty by committing genocide on a village that had wanted to accept Islam. Then the 9th chapter of the Quran comes telling Muslims to “Kill pagans whereever you find them,” BUT if they repent God is most forgiving. Their idols were destroyed as punishment for treason. Was there a huge slaughter? NO! DONT YOU ALWAYS COMPLAIN ABOUT VIOLENT PUNISHMENTS imposed by Muslims? You are a hypocrite. You will never be satisfied whether Muslims punish lightly or harshly, you just want to spew your hatred. Just go away.

    Anon,
    You are the same as Mike, blaming all Muslims for the actions of a few. Guess what? If an atheist came into power they would definitely be like Stalin.

  11. M Bennet, so destroying idols is punishment for the sp called treason of a few? I suppose using islamic logic as applied by you it would be reasonable for the british armed forces to destroy all mosques and korans in the UK because some of your fellow travellers murdered lots of people on the british public transport system.

  12. When muslims come to power they are like Stalin, too. Any theocratic entity is going to be repressive. Muslims are just fine with oppression as long as they are the ones doing the oppressing.

  13. Did I ever defend the Saudis or the Iranians? No. However, the Saudi Monarchy and the Iranian government are not all of Islam. It is bad for anyone to oppress anyone. Oppression rises out of hatred, which is evident in your statements. I condemn the Chinese government, not the Chinese. I condemn Stalin and Mao, but not atheists. You, however, feel the need to take every crime committed by Muslims to be the responsibility of all Muslims, and then use that to justify crimes against Muslims, even if they are innocent. It seems you are against oppression unless it is against Muslims. At that point, every man, woman, and child of them “deserves it” somehow.

  14. mb,

    “does not the koran repress pagans? how about muhammad destroying idols? so much for there is no complusion in religion.

    No, you are an idiot.” lol. so you say.
    “The Pagans formed a treaty with the Muslims after they suffered several losses in the war they waged against the Muslims. The Muslims quickly agreed. The Pagans broke their own treaty by committing genocide on a village that had wanted to accept Islam. Then the 9th chapter of the Quran comes telling Muslims to “Kill pagans whereever you find them,” BUT if they repent God is most forgiving.” so they have to renounce their religion, “repent” they are allowed to live. sounds like compulsion to me?
    “Their idols were destroyed as punishment for treason.” why would you destroy religions symbols a punishment for action?
    “Was there a huge slaughter? NO! DONT YOU ALWAYS COMPLAIN ABOUT VIOLENT PUNISHMENTS imposed by Muslims?” i do complain about the 24th surah and the hadiths where muhammad stones people to death.
    “You are a hypocrite.” how does that make me a hypocrite?
    “You will never be satisfied whether Muslims punish lightly or harshly, you just want to spew your hatred. Just go away.” you’re right i will not be satisfied when your punishments makes no sense. so after muhammad defeated the pagans, why did he not allow the women and children to maintain their idols? he didn’t kill the women and children, right. instead he destroyed their religion, right?

    “Anon,
    You are the same as Mike, blaming all Muslims for the actions of a few.” i don’t think anon is an atheist? but when have i ever blamed “ALL” muslims. again, fell free to call me an idiot, a bigot, full of hate, whatever. but please don’t put words in my mouth. i dare say you are bearing false witness. can i get four witnesses? 80 lashes for you. come back one year.
    “Guess what? If an atheist came into power they would definitely be like Stalin.” how do you know that?

  15. siyajk’ak,

    “Did I ever defend the Saudis or the Iranians? No.” nor did i ever claim you did.
    “However, the Saudi Monarchy and the Iranian government are not all of Islam.” no. nor are the pakistanis. nor have i ever said they where.
    “It is bad for anyone to oppress anyone.” yes i agree.
    “Oppression rises out of hatred, which is evident in your statements.” lol. what are you talking about? what is evident in my statements. that i disagree with the koran. true. that i disagree with many hadiths, true. that i hate all muslims. false. that i think all muslims are terrorist. false. that i blame all muslims for the actions of some muslims. false. you dongo and bennet need to go back to reading comprehention school. i have never said ALL muslims are anything. just because muhammad bennet says i say such things doesn’t make it true.
    “I condemn the Chinese government, not the Chinese.” ok. i think most people, at least in the west do. although i have seen people wearing moa t-shirts.
    “I condemn Stalin and Mao, but not atheists.” great.
    “You, however, feel the need to take every crime committed by Muslims to be the responsibility of all Muslims,” seriously. when? i avoid such superlatives like all. unlike others. copy and paste my statements to that effect. again, feel free to call me a bigot or whatever. but you are a liar to put such words in my mouth. i have never even come close to such a statement.
    “and then use that to justify crimes against Muslims, even if they are innocent.” WHAT? WHEN HAVE I EVER DONE THAT. YOU ARE FULL OF SHIT. I’VE NEVER JUSTIFIED CRIMES AGAINST MUSLIMS.
    “It seems you are against oppression unless it is against Muslims. At that point, every man, woman, and child of them “deserves it” somehow.” really. i post here all the time. you should be able to find all sorts of my statements then. when did i say muslims “deserve” to be oppressed?

    on today’s page i probably have a half dozen posts. where have i said anything close to what you claim?

    an btw Mauritania in in africa, not the middle east.

  16. “You, however, feel the need to take every crime committed by Muslims to be the responsibility of all Muslims”

    The only people who claim something about all muslims is muslims when they tell us (as they often do) that any act perceived by muslims to slight islam offends all muslims.

    When a bloke burns a koran it offends all muslims when a muslim blows up a mosque killing muslims it somehow doesn’t concern all muslims. It’s all part of the muslim’s blame culture.

  17. Jane,

    I agree with you. When a Muslim does wrong, the whole community should be blamed. Let me cite you an example: after the Muslim conquest of Egypt (not the Shittoman one), a Muslim soldier desecrated a Christian statue by breaking its nose. The archbishop was upset. He launched a complaint to the Muslim ruler then and demanded to insult Islam. But the ruler could not find the culprit and offered his own nose instead saying that when a Muslim commited a crime, the whole community should be held responsible as Muslims would consider themselves as one. Then the culprit Muslim soldier came out and submitted to the churchman. The bishop forgave him.

    But do you then agree that you have to bear the blame on all Christians for the misdeeds of some Christians?

  18. “But do you then agree that you have to bear the blame on all Christians for the misdeeds of some Christians?”

    I don’t blame all muslims when a muslim commits a crime either.

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