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DANCE WITH DRAGON OR PERISH; XINJIANG MUSLIMS TOLD

China forced imams from its eastern Muslim majority Xinjiang region to dance in the street and swear to an oath that they would not teach religion to children. 

The imams were also forced to tell children that prayer was harmful for the soul.

The Muslim imams were further forced to brandish the slogan that “our income comes from the CKP [Chinese Communist Party] not from Allah”.

The slogans included statements glorifying the state over religion such as ‘peace of the country gives peace to the soul’.

Speeches were also given which directed youth to stay away from mosques and that prayer was harmful for their health.

Female teachers were instructed to teach children to stay away from religious education and made to swear an oath that they will keep children away from religion.

In August, the northern Xinjiang city of Karamay prohibited young men with beards and women in burqas or hijabs from boarding public buses.

Similarly, Xinjiang banned the practicing of religion in government buildings, as well as wearing clothes or logos associated with religious extremism, last November.

Last year, China banned Muslim students and government staff from observing fasts in the month of Ramadan, while encouraging locals to abstain from wearing veils.

View Point

Chinse Authorities have unleashed a massive anti Muslim Campaign to supress their religious freedom, for the past couple of years. The OIC countries, who jump at the first opportunity to criticise India on any issue involving J & K, have so far preferred to remain quite. It is a time for all human rights activists to highlight the plight of Uyghur Muslims, before Tiananmen II is re-enacted in Xinxiang.

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