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‘Banned’ Ramadan for Uighur Muslims

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It’s not exactly breaking news that China has serious issues with freedom of religion and as an officially Atheist state is often very repressive against those observing religious rites.

China has once again leveled restrictions on the persecuted Uighurs when it comes to practicing Ramadan. (h/t: GF)

via. OnIslam

BEIJING – Unlike millions of Muslims around the world, Uighur students returning for summer vacations in northwestern China are banned from fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.

“They are extracting guarantees from parents, promising that their children won’t fast on Ramadan,” Dilxat Raxit, Sweden-based spokesman for the exile World Uighur Congress (WUC), told Radio Free Asia on Thursday, June 13.

Chinese authorities have reportedly imposed restrictions on Uighur Muslim students returning for summer vacations in the northwestern region of Xinjiang ahead of Ramadan.

Under the restrictions, Uighur students under 18 are banned from fasting during Ramadan or taking part in religious activities.

Students defying the restrictions are being reported to authorities for punishment.

“They have also made groups of 10 households responsible for spying on each other, so that if a single child from one family fasts for Ramadan, or takes part in religious activities, then all 10 families will be fined,” Raxit said.

“It’s called a 10-household guarantee system.”

Religious officials have confirmed that Ramadan fasting is banned for Uighur Muslim students.

“[Fasting] is not allowed,” an official at a religious affairs bureau in Hotan’s Yutian County told Radio Free Asia.

“The students and the teachers have to report to their schools every Friday, even during the vacation.

“It’s like regular lessons,” he said, adding that the students would also be eating there.

Activists have also complained that Uighur students are being stripped off their mobile phones ahead of Ramadan.

“After the students get back to their hometowns, those with cell phones and computers must hand them in to the police for searching,” said Raxit.

“If they don’t hand them over and are reported or caught by the authorities, then they will have to bear the consequences.”

The pre-Ramadan restrictions come ahead of the fourth anniversary of deadly riots in Xinjiang, which left nearly 200 people dead.

Chinese authorities have convicted about 200 people, mostly Uighurs, over the riots and sentenced 26 of them to death.

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  • Nur Alia binti Ahmad

    I hate when people misquote me to make their points.

    You claim that I said “….”I DO have something against teaching religion…” . Notice the quotation marks. This means you misquoted me and in your comment it is out of context.

    What I said was ‘…I have nothing against the Uyghers, I DO have something against teaching religion…ANY religion with the people’s money…”
    Notice the difference? It means I don’t want the government to fund the teaching of ANY RELIGION.

    When the government funds religious teaching, you get religion like Saudi Arabia, or Iran, and quite frankly, as much as some of you want Islamic shari’a law to reign over us…I don’t.

    I want a FREE NATION, where people can worship trees if they want, as long as they aren’t imposing it on someone else.

    By the way…NOT teaching religion with public funds, is not force feeding Atheism down someone’s throat.

    I admit that China is not the utopia of democracy, but on this…not teaching religion in school, and not making any exceptions for religion is what I favor in a diverse society.

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  • Reynardine

    If you are maintaining that this entire account is a fabrication, give sources and links.

  • Nur Alia binti Ahmad

    and, it is a lie….exactly what I said.

    I have nothing against the Uyghers, I DO have something against teaching religion…ANY religion with the people’s money.

    However, I do wish the Chinese government would free them and let them be whatever they want without Chinese influence. If they don’t want to be Chinese, then don’t force them.

  • Yausari

    What are they gonna do, punish people for not eating? That’s just stupid. Why do they waste their time on things that have 0 threat

  • Reynardine

    This is not at school. Forbidding minor students to fast is one thing: hungry kids don’t learn well. But, had you been attending to the actual narrative, these are students on summer vacation. Whole blocks of families are subjected to collective punishment if anyone in the group is caught in a religious observance. This is culturecide. Have you got something against Uighurs? That’s your problem.

  • Amie

    Sad. I hope Allah SWT helps these Muslims, gives them strength and allows them to fast. Unfortunately, some Muslims do similar things to non-Muslims. For example, in Saudi Arabia it is illegal to be anything but a Muslim.

  • Nur Alia binti Ahmad

    This article is miswritten.

    It has always been Chinese policy to not let practice of ANY religion at ANY public school. This is not something new. Fasting for religious purposes, any expression of prayer is simply not allowed, and has never been ANYWHERE in China.

    The children are punished just as any truant child would be for breaking the rules at school, No child is forced to eat at school, but will be sanctioned if the child, or his parents claim he or she is not eating for religious purposes.

    Unfortunatly, this is purposeful misinformation by the Uygher seperatists who are trying to gain ‘sympathy’ for their pleas to be separate from China.

    NO religious holidays are recognized publicly in China.

    The riots this article is implying are ‘religious’ are actually because Uygher people do not concider themselves Chinese. They have there own language and culture, and want to be separate from China and sometimes cause conflict with the Chinese authorities.

  • Reynardine

    Not even the police.

  • Tanveer Khan

    Police states. Who needs them?

  • Reynardine

    Unfortunately, no one can exercise jurisdiction over China, even though that is considered a violation of international human rights standards. China is one of a handful of countries that can pick its nose at those (and we, I fear, are another). They are also contemplating tearing down the great city of Lhasa and replacing it with some grotty mall/amusement park. To show that resistance, you know, is futile…

  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss

    This is the reality of police states

  • mindy1

    How can they do that, that should be illegal 🙁

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