Ramadan is a special month for Muslims all over the world, where they observe fasting from dawn till dusk, as a symbol of obedience to Allah and strive to be more pious. Consequent to the ban of Uighur Muslims to fast, China has now imposed a ban on Muslims in the Xinjiang region from celebrating Ramadan.
As reported by a spokesman for the exiled World Uighur Congress, which promotes democracy, human rights and freedom for the indigenous Uighur people, he declares authorities exhorted the Uighur to resume their normal dietary routine and also inspected homes to check whether the families were observing the fast.
Alongside the ban notices posted in websites by several government institutions and schools, claimed the ban was to inhibit institutions from being used to promote religious values, tight security has been ensured in Xinjiang to ‘protect’ Muslims from fasting. Following a number of attacks after the ban the government press the accountability for these violence to ‘extremist Muslim terrorist groups’ who have ties with foreign nations.
The state-run Bozhou Radio and TV University warned the ban would also be enforced “on party members, teachers, and young people from taking part in Ramadan activities.”
“We remind everyone that they are not permitted to observe a Ramadan fast,” it added.
“China taking these kind of coercive measures, restricting the faith of Uighur, will create more conflict,” Dilxadi Rexiti, a spokesman for the exiled World Uighur Congress, said. “We call on China to ensure religious freedom for Uighur and stop political repression of Ramadan.”
The Uighurs pronounced subjection to racial and religious discrimination by the Chinese government is profound.
China accuses Uighur militants of waging a violent campaign for an independent state, and Beijing is often accused of exaggerating Uighur extremism to justify its religious clampdown on the Muslim minority.