Friday, July 4, 2014

China restricts Ramadhan observation amongst Muslims in Xinjiang

In recent years mainland China has been trying hard to promote its image as a country that is not at war with Muslims. My readers may recall that soon after my article on Hanification of Xinjiang appeared in the newspapers around the globe some paid employees and propagandists of the Chinese government wrote articles trying to deflect world attention by stating that Muslims are treated fairly and there is no case of bias and/or restriction against them. However, as I have noted in a follow-up article, the reality is quite opposite for tens of millions of Muslims living in China, whether they are Uyghur or not. Not only do they face wide discrimination, abuse and harassment, they can't even observe the Ramadhan - the Muslim month of fasting properly.
As it has happened in the past, this year also in the restive but resource-rich Xinjiang province, home to the mostly Muslim Uighur (also spelled Uyghur) minority, China has banned civil servants, students and teachers from taking part in Ramadhan fasting. The official government websites have issued such directives, prompting condemnation from all around the world.

Rights groups blame tensions on religious and cultural restrictions placed on Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in the vast area, which abuts Central Asia. Several government departments posted notices on their websites in recent days banning fasting during Ramadhan. “We remind everyone that they are not permitted to observe a Ramadhan fast,” it added.

China has in the past said that restrictions on fasting are meant to ensure the health of government employees.
Such kind of restrictions on Muslims to practice their deen (religion) is a violation of their human rights.

You can read more about the issue by clicking here.

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