China Bans Ramadan Fasting

From Aljazeera

China bans Ramadan fasting. Photo: AP

China bans Ramadan fasting. Photo: AP

Authorities forbid Communist Party cadres, civil officials and students from marking Ramadan in mainly Muslim province.

Chinese authorities in the northwestern province of Xinjiang have banned Muslim officials and students from fasting during the month of 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 about nine million Uighurs, largely a 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 the province.

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.

‘Administrative methods’

During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk and strive to be more closer to God, 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.

  1. Tahir Reply

    Rigachikun ur obsolutly right bcos,, a tru bliver would respect others faith no matter d circumtances. As d bible said: be ur broders keeper. Thanx u!

  2. Nafi Rabiu Reply

    ngozi or wat so ever u r, u must be so stupid are they nt christains who are bombing churches. U r talking about Arab, Adolf Hitlar who s he. Your mama your father your grand mother…………………….their graves Occupied wit fire

  3. Islam 4life Reply

    @ Ngozi.u have 2 be very careful.even if z whole world is goin 2 ban ramadan fast.then this implies muslim are goin 2 declear war on all cristian & co.b/cos muslim dont insult or molest anybody & any religion.b/cos nobody is tryin 2 stop u 4rom doin ur act of religion.

  4. monsur salihu Reply

    pls, 4 dose insulting islam,i advice my felow muslim brodrs $ sistrs nt 2 insult dem bak. Its obvious dat, dose abusin us r talkin out of ignorance,so 2 say. And 4 u 2 reply bak,it automaticaly implies dat u’r nt preachin or spreadin d beauty of Islam. Wether they lik it or nt Allah has promise 2 protect his religion. Ma advice 2 fellow muslim ummah who ve d oportunity of postin coments; pls, try as much as posible 2 surpress ur anger,so dat u dont sin against God by respondin 2 dier coments. We all knw dat violent has never solve any problem in any way,rather dialogue is always d best alternative. May God continue 2 assist Islam and help d muslim. Amin!

  5. Lukman Reply

    May God forgive us all!

    Those ignorant of the true teachings of Islam should be enlightened and not made to be proven right.

    Islam preaches peace, do we portray that by our actions?

    Islam has been wrongly associated with violence and all what not, let our actions convince those eager to know more about the religion.

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