China bans Ramadan in Muslim Region

Uighur rights groups say China's restrictions on Islam in Xinjiang have added to violent ethnic tensions in the region [AP]

Uighur rights groups say China’s restrictions on Islam in Xinjiang have added to violent ethnic tensions in the region [AP]

China has banned civil servants, students and teachers in its mainly Muslim Xinjiang region from fasting during Ramadan and ordered restaurants to stay open.

Most Muslims are required to fast from dawn to dusk during the holy month, which began on Thursday, but China’s ruling Communist party is officially atheist and for years has restricted the practice in Xinjiang, home to the mostly Muslim Uighur minority.

“Food service workplaces will operate normal hours during Ramadan,” said a notice posted last week on the website of the state Food and Drug Administration in Xinjiang’s Jinghe county.

Officials in the region’s Bole county were told: “During Ramadan do not engage in fasting, vigils or other religious activities,” according to a local government website report of a meeting this week.

Each year, the authorities’ attempt to ban fasting among Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang receives widespread criticism from rights groups.

Uighur rights groups say China’s restrictions on Islam in Xinjiang have added to ethnic tensions in the region, where clashes have killed hundreds in recent years.

China says it faces a “terrorist threat” in Xinjiang, with officials blaming “religious extremism” for the growing violence.

“China’s goal in prohibiting fasting is to forcibly move Uighurs away from their Muslim culture during Ramadan,” said Dilxat Rexit, a spokesman for the exiled World Uyghur Congress.

“Policies that prohibit religious fasting is a provocation and will only lead to instability and conflict.”

As in previous years, school children were included in directives limiting Ramadan fasting and other religious observances.
The education bureau of Tarbaghatay city, known as Tacheng in Chinese, this month ordered schools to communicate to students that “during Ramadan, ethnic minority students do not fast, do not enter mosques … and do not attend religious activities”.

Similar orders were posted on the websites of other Xinjiang education bureaus and schools.

Officials in the region’s Qiemo county this week met local religious leaders to inform them there would be increased inspections during Ramadan in order to “maintain social stability”, the county’s official website said.

Ahead of the holy month, one village in Yili, near the border with Kazakhstan, said mosques must check the identification cards of anyone who comes to pray during Ramadan, according to a notice on the government’s website.

The Bole county government said that Mehmet Talip, a 90-year-old Uighur Communist Party member, had promised to avoid fasting and vowed to “not enter a mosque in order to consciously resist religious and superstitious ideas”.

  • Ralf

    Yes yes yes….Ban islm now. ..The movement has started in China, Italy, Germany. ..Wht good has islm brought to humanity? ?…Nil, Zip….Islm is evil n pedophile Mhmmd is d son of d devil. ..

    • Femfem

      May God forgive you with your evil comment.

      • Ralf


    • bkk

      It’s your father who is the son of d devil u black demon,may god purnish u and ur family

      • Ralf

        And your useless father n ashawo mother are evil..Did your pig father fck her whn she was 6yrs old?..Just asking..Imbe ciles

    • zubis

      May dust be cast in the face of anyone who abuses the HOLY PROPHET of ALLAH and may the person remain blind throughout his/her entire lifetime.

      • Powerlessconscious

        Why do you have to curse people for the sake of Islam? The holy prophet of Allah never sent anybody to fight for him. As you are fighting people right now. Islam is a religion of peace but YOU are not peaceful. You are a betrayer to Islam. Learn to be a good Muslim. It is because of people like you Islam is hated throughout the world because you are not peaceful and you betray the peace in Islam.

        • peacepeace

          Oh and you? Why dint u comment any of yr concious advise 2Ralf?
          Hes not the only free one who can do a run in a mouth of filth.
          So I pray for you
          May God guide Ralf to rights way
          May God guide u to be fair & just,
          Dont judge all muslim badly.
          Majority want peace & normal life
          N they don’t Support terrorism acts

          • Powerlessconscious

            Ralf is not a Muslim. He was only trying to provoke muslim brothers but as a peaceful Muslim, I did not expect Zubis to reply Ralf with CURSE. That is why I said Rubis is a betrayer to peace in Islam.

      • Ralf


    • peacepeace

      Islam is not evil. Your words have no substance. But I imagine you are not well learned of the world. Maybe in time u will discover that in every society there are a few bad people. However you cannot insult a prophet that has carried a message to people to worship One God. A prophet who chose peace over war but if it came to it, commanded open war and forbade acts of secret plots to harm innocents He the one you slandered clearly forbade terrorism. But little u know

    • Auwal Muhammad

      You are just an animal…

      • Ralf

        Animal n pedophile Mhmmed…Son of Lucifer Allha

  • zubis

    Islam simply means peace. Pls people should watch what they say about Islam and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) cos there shall be a day when everyone will give an account of his/her deeds. BeWare!

    • PINCO

      islam is satanism,dont be a pig,muhammed murdered millions, he is now burning forever in hades prepared for satan and his angels

  • zubis

    People should be allowed to practice their religion at anytime. Restricting them will only lead to conflict.

    • PINCO

      pig but you kill chridstians in the north during jihad

    • Nd

      China is not a Muslim state. So I think they have the right to say what to worship in their country. Just like in other Muslim country where Muslims r burning down church. A least this is been addressed in a more matured way