Bad news in China

Category: Asia, World Affairs Topics: China Views: 11080
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Hui Muslim farmers threshing wheat

In today's economically vibrant and politically self-confident China bad news is no news, unless it is really bad. So, things must have gone really badly for China's official news agency to report ethnic clashes in the central province of Henan, where martial law has been imposed. It may take weeks for the full picture of the incidents, in which 10 people were killed and scores injured, to be pieced together. Beijing's decision to declare the province off-limit for foreign journalists is not going to help.

What seems certain is that a group of farmers from the majority Han ethnic community, attacked the villages of the Hui Muslims minority, setting fire to homes, farms and shops. A series of battles ensued in which rival gangs used farm equipment as weapons. The Hui Muslims in Henan have been victims of persecution for centuries. During the so-called Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, triggered by Mao Zedong in the 1960s, Muslims were forced to abandon their faith, were prevented from performing religious rites, and press-ganged into Communist Party "correction" centers. During the darkest days of the Cultural Revolution, with the printing and possession of the Qu'ran made a capital crime, Muslims learned the text by heart, each man or woman specializing in one or more surahs. Called "the walking texts", they were in great demand for secret religious ceremonies.

The city of Xian, a major Islamic center for over 1,000 years, and the starting point of the famous Silk Road, was, for more than a decade, treated by Maoist zealots as enemy territory.

It is only in recent years that China has acknowledged the existence of Muslims among its citizens. But even then every effort is made to keep Muslims at bay. Official statistics put their number at around 10 million whereas most experts offer an estimate of 50 million. Muslims are discriminated against when it comes to the better jobs created since China's conversion to economic capitalism. Muslims have virtually no presence in the ruling Communist Party that has been transformed into a political and business elite in recent years. And that means that one finds hardly any Muslim in the civil service or the leadership echelons of the armed forces. In areas such as the far west province of Xinjiang, or East Turkestan, where Muslims still form a majority, Beijing is trying to alter the demographic balance by bringing in large numbers of Han settlers. Restrictions are also imposed on the building of mosques, the creation of religious schools, and the training of Muslim religious leaders. The more radical Chinese leaders have seized upon the global trend in which Islam is often equated with violence and terrorism as an excuse for repressive policies vis-a-vis ordinary Muslim citizens.

The new Chinese ruling elite, although Communist by provenance if not by persuasion, has been intelligent enough to understand the inevitability of diversity in a large and multiethnic society. Mao's nightmare of a dream to turn all citizens into robots waving his red book and singing his praises produced nothing but tragedy on an unprecedented scale. New China is blossoming because it has allowed a measure of economic liberty and diversity. It should go further and also allow religious, cultural, and ethnic freedom for all its citizens, including Muslims.

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  Category: Asia, World Affairs
  Topics: China
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Older Comments:
SUBRA FROM DISCRIMINATION said:
We can all learn from the Chinese how they treat their minorities, especially the Muslims. Privileges like multiple birth rights, housing, etc., accorded to the minorities are not given to the majority Han people. The law is transparent and discrimination against minorities is an offence.

On the contrary, minorities in Muslim majority countries face discrimination in employment and suffer subtle religious persecution. Their dwindling numbers is a fact accompli in almost all Muslim countries and and can indeed be verified. Today Non-Muslims continue to migrate elsewhere in Muslim majority countries from Lebanon to Malaysia. The world can see for itself.

Conversely, immigration of Muslims into non-Muslim countries continue to grow attesting to the fact that they are treated fairly by the host countries.

Lately, in the news, Malaysia has been tearing down non-Muslim places of worship and dhimmitude in the form of the NEP (New Economic Policy) is used to favour the majority Muslims. The minorities like the Indian community is still protesting on the streets but to no avail!
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MA MU CHIEN FROM CHINA said:
As a minority Muslim in Ningpo, China, we can actually see the Chinese government treating all its citizens alike without any biasness. The Chinese are pro-business and not anti-religion or anti-Muslim. Compared to Muslim majority countries I think China is a class up. Frankly, I'm ashamed of how non-Muslims are being persecuted in Islamic countries. We've either chased them all out or they are in the process of being pushed out. Just look at the decreasing number of non-Muslims in Islamic countries over the years. They are dwindling fast via migration. Therefore,, we are not in a position to criticise others when our own backyard stinks! For example, every few years, Islamic militias in Indonesia will massacre its non-Muslim Chinese population for no reasons whatsoever. Or are they simply dhimmis to be mistreated.? Lebanon's non-Muslims have also been pushed out. From a majority to a minority today.
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ABDULHANNAN FROM THAILAND said:
assalamualaikum
brothers and sisters i am muslim from hadyai ,thailand . i heard many times that gov chinese and non muslim chinese discriminated against our brothers ,what should we do now ?? doa ,dakwa ,alaikum bit jamaah !!!! we are all brothers !! still remember !!!
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RUBBYA FROM HONG KONG said:
Assalamu Alaikum
I do not agree with HUDD, his experience with Egyptian and Han Muslims in HK. Neither agree to the one-sided news of the incident. People's Republic of China is one of the countries that can implement one Country two systems well before Hong Kong and Macao were re-united. The Muslims Ethnics groups were given self-administration in the NW & NE China for decades, and the 30+ millions of Muslims were living in harmony with the government. As whether allowed to practise Islam, the best Mosque is the mosque in the heart. We can practise Islam everywhere and any momment including speaking out the truth.
What the west, great powers and media obly concentrate and exegerate the negativity and arouse disharmony among their own people, to give an excuse to intrude and take over.
I am a born Muslim in HK, and had never faced discrimination by Muslims and non-Muslims for my 5 decades of living there. If we treat Muslims and Non-Muslims according to Islamic value and moral values of the civilized society. Sure you will be accepted, not only in Canada. I think the 0.1% of Muslims now residing in HK, Self Administrative Region are well-respected.
If you want to seek knowledge, go as far as to China. Do follow Prophet Mohammed's advice. Seeing is believing.
Democracy and Human Rights without first performing the basic human responsibility to self, family, society and nation are not true freedom unless one is a aetheist and truely secular.
Intruding into other people's or Countries ruling and hiding the great powers' terrorist acts is the truest behavior of what we are experiencing in Irag, Aganistan and Palestine. Why no one blames these countries except China? A jealousy of China allowing Muslims to practice Islam since Tang Dynasty. The oldest Mosque built by Abu Waguas is over 1300 years is at 56 Kwong Tai Road, Guanzhou. Do pay a visit.
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MUNTHASIR FROM INDIA said:
Assalamu alaikum bros and sis,

I am muslim living in China, i checked some sources in China. Most muslims in china doesnt have detailed account of wat happend and wat followed concerning this incident. But all unanimously opines,it might be a fight between two villages rather than two ethinic community.

ofcourse,nobody is taking lightly bcoz of the loss of lives are as big as 7 ppl. But,they dont want the idea of ethinic clash exist in china going round as well. I would be glad,if Editor gives some importance to thiss piece of information,bcoz it represents the voice of few chinese muslims.

Wassalam
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HUDD FROM CANADA said:
Although many try to invalidate this article, (even Hui Muslims and Demars?), history cannot be denied. Could be that this recent incident was just an isolated burst(but there is more to come), however the mentioning of the atrocities of the past and not so very past are true. I remember how I was treated in Hong Kong with my Egyptian friend by the Hans, or whatever ethnicity they are in that part of China. I was in many places and everywhere Muslims are met with hostility and hate. The best place for a Muslim to be is Canada, that's why I stick to this place and teach my children to love it!
Ma'asalamah
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DINO DEMARS FROM TAIWAN said:
The author writes: 'Muslims have virtually no presence in the ruling Communist Party'.

I take this to mean that they have some presence, then. Depending on which numbers you believe, they Chinese Muslims either make up less than 1% of the population, or up to almost 4% of the population. Therefore, based on population, Muslims should have virtually no presence in the Communist Party.

Also, from http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20041103-120005-3761r.htm - 'Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue described the incident as an individual case, saying it should not be exaggerated or perceived as an ethnic problem'. This seems to agree with the opinions posted by actual Chinese Muslims on the site.

In sum, this article strikes me as an exageration, and quite hypocritical, since I believe that it is coming from a news source in Saudi Arabia.
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ABDULAZIZ ATIEQ FROM YEMEN said:
This happened, as many more will do, because we the Muslims do not cling to our DEAR RELIGION, that call to tolerance and co-existence but we do not propagate that and also we are separated from each other either politically or nationally.
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AMIR RASHID FROM CHINA said:
This article is very biased and untrue. I am Hui Moslem from China. Our relations are quite good with the Hans. This incident was one isolated incident. The author really misrepresents China's situation and China's history.
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MUNTHASIR FROM INDIA said:
Salaam bros, earlier i posted a comment on this section and the editor gave me a link to see some article in the west.

Bros, i am sorry to say, EDITOR overlook the message my comment carried. I am not saying it is not ethnic violence,if it did happen. But i am pointing out it is not State sponsored terrorism.

There is a huge amount of difference between two. If the some incident happend in INDIA,either police join the aggressors or turns blind eye. SAme is the case with ISRAEl, even in america or Europe. It doesnt get any better.

But if you notice the same news segment,the editor has posted in response to me, Police had arrested only HAN CHINESE,who are majority and in all forms,the aggressors.This implies that chinese government are not agai9nst muslims,if they are so called Moderate. Even they will run into the help or rescue.

My concern is why media is nto giving enough attention towards the genocide in INDIA,PALESTINE,IRAQ. If such incidence happend in western countries,it is treated as a seperate incident,whereas when it happens in eastern part fo the world,it is genocide?!

Why is this double standards?! Why does muslim media also join the band wagon. When such incident china is being referred as a crusade, why occupation of IRAQ is not being referred as a crusade.

For ppl who ponder, there is lot left to do.

Wassalam
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HIDAYATHULLAH FROM INDIA said:
May allah help the people with this holy month where ever the Muslim has a minority they were realy (Heavily) punished by other.We make pray which month is better in our belive thats we are in alive.Make more dua for those were killed.May Allah make easy for their life hereafter.
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MJ FROM USA ! said:
When will the muslim world stop blaming others for the problems THEY Start,Proliferate and excarbate. If you look at the worlds current state, all violence currently going now is of a muslim root cause. Look honestly and you shall see that muslims must stop this senseless war of religion. What matters is that all life is respected not just muslims. The idea that the muslim religion will one day rule the world monotheasticly is dumb
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CHARLES JACKS FROM USA said:
Just wait until their newly blossoming taste for the fruits of development send them into a hydrocarbon burning frenzy. Coal won't power a transportation/distribution system.

Unless the Muslims get to work on alternative energy sources they will find themselves living on ground zero of an energy war between two groups known for their discounting of human rights.

Due to the low moisture content of the desert air, the infrared influx is significantly higher during the day and outflux significantly higher during the night. Both can be utilized to improve the efficacy of solar energy transformers. And there is little environmental degradation but a net decrease in atmospheric CO2.

Indeed with sufficient research in solar desalination, genetic engineering for both direct bioconversion and biological photovoltaic conversion, solar architecture and a variety of other green (Green is the color of Islam) sciences the deserts could be paraterraformed into what could be described as walled gardens (to control the internal environment) with rivers running under them. (to transport the desalinated water and its precursors.)

Of course it would require local internal gardens for feeding the workers. By controlling the internal environment, all known food crops could be grown and people could call for what they were familiar with no matter what part of the earth they came from originally.

It would be an effort greater that that to put a man on the moon but ultimately of much greater benefit to the long term survival of the human representation of The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful. It would be both an ark for the survival of threatened species and a genetic reservoir for the reseeding of environmentally degraded areas. It would be a research platform for sustainability research and a base of knowledge for the extension of that research to developing countries.

Grow or be replaced. Are there any alternatives.

God Willing
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ABDUL FROM US said:
It is sad that muslims are treated as worst people on earth just because of thier faith .
BUT who are responsible? OURSELVES?? to a large extent -YES.

The muslim Countries have all necessary resources(money,technology, intelligent people,land, and the best of all is QURAN and Hadith).Are we using them in the way of Allah and Prophet said? NO.

Most of our countries leaders and muslims are brainwashed, lazy, money lovers,not capable of even defending ourselves physically , verbally and so on even when our religion is attacked.

How much the muslim countries did to make themselves strong, self-sufficient/ independent,spread Islam,defended other muslims, invited other muslims as brothers to their countries in development, embraced them as brothers and sisters, allowed them to stay permanently if they desire??

Compare to Christianity preaching how much our rich muslim countries did for the ISLAM?.Look at many Non muslims - people from churches/ and religous organisations go to doors and go offensive/wage wars with other countries to spread christianity. The people(non-muslims) have no moral values but they talk a lot about it compared to muslims having moral values(Quran and hadith) and talk less.

We dont even care for for muslims around the world when they are tortured, terrorised and killed. It is a shame for those muslim countries that for their political and other reasons they are quiet. You morons , wake up and talk .It is time to act. How we are going to face on judgement day-, when asked -what did you do for your religion and muslim ummah when you had all kinds of resources from ALLAH.

Unless we unite, become independent in many areas, and follow Quran and hadith these things wii occur and nobody can stop-But ALLAH(GOD).

May ALLAH bless and give taufeeq to Muslims. AAMEEN.

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FRESHOUTTATIME FROM USA said:
i wanna help. so whut should we do?
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SADIQ FROM INDIA said:
We need an effective Muslim legal organization that can take up the case of every single Muslim dying under oppression worldwide with the aim of preventing oppression.

If not on a global scale atleast one in every country; like CAIR in US; where there are Muslims living in non-Muslim countries.
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MUNTHASIR FROM INDIA said:
I dont know, wats the source and wats the actual news is all about, i have to check for this info' given the fact i am muslim living in china, it would be easier than for other muslims elsewhere.
Let me clarify, i have no knowledge of the news, but i have something to inform here, Chinese government is not so hostile as the Arab news projected in this section.
If such incidents did happen,chinese goivernemtns make sure, the arrest the perpetrators.To me the justice in chinese governement is uni dimensional, to them han chinese and hui chinese is not much difference. THe wouldnt be partial to han chinese like in INDIA.
but this is no Blank cheque to chinese government bros, there are things,which we should worry abt chinese governement, sino phobia among muslims should be diverted at right direction.They want muslims to be so called moderate muslims,jus like AMEIRCA wants.
Life and religion seperated by poles apart.How many ppl know chinese governemnts fund to print chiense quran, provinde fund to renovate old traditional mosques and want to educate aalim in the modern information as well. They have provided small but significant autonomous region for Hui muslims called Ningxia Hui Autonomous region.
This spreading of Mao intiated program of suppressing muslim is thing of the past and it is not directed exclusively at Muslims, it received attention bcoz muslims were tough on resisting it, and no knowledgable person in china attach to that part of the Mao's regime anymore.
if we want to criticize chinese for asking muslism to be so called moderate, then Ameirca tops the list and israel follows the second, india third, pakistan fourth, Europe Fifth and saudi also in a way comes into the list.
Well,i yet to see somebody criticising them, dont we think, we are jumping lines to avoid the attention of core issues and trying to politicize issues,which are not meant to be that way ?! For ppl who likes to ponder,there is lot left to do.I am indian muslim liv
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ABDULL RAHMAN FROM U.S.A. said:
Time has come to test your courage Muslims, followers of Muhamed (PBUH) are you willing o follow Muhamed (PBUH).

WAR is the only way to earn freedom one last time for ISLAM.

If Muhamed (PBUH) was here right now he would order all Muslims to take up arms NOW.


Wake up Don let the Arabs have any control of Islam, they have failed in every degree of Islam.

Arabs are not to be trusted with Meca no more or any part of the religion.


The Islamic world has to take over the Religoin of Muhamed (PBUH) from the Arabs once and forever.

Not all Arabs are bad but the leaders of them Countries are walking all over your Religion.


PEACE, may Allah wake up the Muslims of the World soon.

Oh Allah help the Muslims.


How can so many Muslims just sit back and listen to all the parents and grandparents with the young children CRYING all over the world and sit back and do nothing.


The time is near Allah has been cleaning the world of the unbelivers, would you like to die and be one of those that sat back and did nothing for your religion.


Death will come to all of us, choose to do somthing for your religion.


"COME BACK TO YOUR LORD, WELL PLEASED YOURSELF AND WELL PLEASING UNTO HIM" 89:28

READ SURA #8 AND #9

IF YOU SAY LA ILAHE ILLALLAH MUHAMED RESURALLAH.

AND BELIVE TO BE A MUSLIM, THAN FOLLOW IT LIKE THE HEROS OF ISLAM.


ISLAM IS LOST IF YOU SIT BACK AND DO NOTHING, YOUR TIME WILL COME DEATH SHALL VISIT ALL OF US.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO HELP YOUR RELIGION.




HELP EACH AND EVERY DAY BRING ANOTHER LOST PERSON INTO THE RELIGION AND THIS WAY HE OR SHE CAN BE YOUR BROTHER AND SISTER IN ISLAM, WHEN THIS HAPPENS THERE SHALL BE NO NEED TO FIGHT, PEACE TO ALL MANKIND.


O ALLAH BRING MORE AND MORE PEOPLE INTO ISLAM SO WE ALL CAN BE BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN ISLAM.


mAY THE PEACE AND BLESSING OF ALLAH BE WITH ALL OF YOU.


PEACE.
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AL FROM CANADA said:
This is the price Muslims pay for remaining divided amongst ourselves.
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ROMESH CHANDER FROM USA said:
Poor PUTIN; compared to Chinese Government, Putin is a 'democrat'; he literally did not do anything against Chechens when they killed children in a school. No wonder Soviet Empire is gone; and the Chinese Empire is intact and even thriving; even US is scared of China; just imagine what will happen if Chinese stop buying US debt or dump the debt they already have on their books. And US does not even dare to criticise China for its atroicities.

Will Putin emulate China for its treatment of Chechens?
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MARYAM FROM USA said:
It is a real pity that Islam(and Muslims)is mistaken as being violent. The atrocities committed against the Chinese Muslims in the article are testamount to quite the opposite. Man will commit any heinous act in the name of 'freedom' for himself when all he is doing is repressing minorities.
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