Chinese Confiscate Qurans and Prayer Rugs
The Chinese didn’t get Obama’s memo on Islam being the religion of peace.
Thus they have made a dramatic move against those who practice Islam, and ordered that all copies of the Quran be turned over to Chinese authorities. Further, they want the prayer rugs.
Officials across Xinjiang have been warning neighborhoods and mosques that ethnic minority Uyghur, Kazakh and Kyrgyz Muslims must hand in the items or face harsh punishment if they are found later, sources in the region said.
“Officials at village, township and county level are confiscating all Qurans and the special mats used for namaaz [prayer],” a Kazakh source in Altay prefecture, near the border with Kazakhstan told RFA on Wednesday.
“Pretty much every household has a Quran, and prayer mats,” he said.
If indeed all household have the Quran and prayer mat, then the Chinese will collect a lot of Qurans and prayer rugs. The second-hand market is about to take a hit.
Why the change?
The Chinese didn’t suddenly decide to hate Muslims or Islam. In fact, they don’t hate Muslims at all. But they do hate what tends to follow when Muslims enter a culture, particularly in any significant numbers.
As The Daily Mail reported,
Hundreds of people have died in the protracted conflict between separatists and the Chinese government in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, its full name, which sits on China’s far north-western border.
Beijing has blamed the problems on Islamist militants, though rights organisations say the violence is in reaction to repressive Chinese policy. Rebels claim the region has been illegally occupied since 1949.
Earlier, Chinese decided to address their issue with Muslims as follows:
The Communist Party is cracking down on Islam and in interesting ways.
According to Lizzie Dearden of the Independent:
Any babies with “overly religious” names will be barred from the hukou household registration system governing access to healthcare and education, a police official in the regional capital of Urumqi told RFA, which was founded by the US government and advances its foreign policy.
“You’re not allowed to give names with a strong religious flavour, such as Jihad or names like that,” he added.
“The most important thing here is the connotations of the name…[it mustn’t have] connotations of holy war or of separatism.”
The Chinese have recognized the issues surrounding Muslims and Islam for some time.
We documented their activities around the G20 Summit as it relates to Muslims:
For example, in the Summer 2016 China prepared to host the G20 Summit for the first time. They cleaned up streets and rebuilt infrastructure. They spiffed up the place, to make it more presentable for the visitors.
Next, the Chinese government urged citizens to get rid of bugs and help decrease traffic.
In Guangzhou, businesses were closed and citizens were sent on vacation. The next move may surprise you, as the Chinese police ordered hotels to turn away Muslim guests. Why? They feared violence and brutality.
As our article suggested, it’s not just the Chinese or even just non-Muslim nations.
January of this year, the Moroccan Government issued a Burqa Ban. The government sent letters to local businesses telling them to cease and desist making or selling burqas. Why? Morocco was concerned about Muslim attackers wearing burkas. Some say that Morocco actually wants to stamp out expressions of Islamic religion.
If other countries were smart, they would heed what the Chinese did, and continue their practices cracking down on Muslim immigration. Further, countries should demand assimilation.
The Chinese solution is not a crackdown on religion, but on radicals who subvert whatever Islam claims itself to be. And countries who ignore this fact put their citizens in danger.