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September 22 2019

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A Crackdown on Islam Is Spreading Across China - The New York Times

«Islam has had followers in China for centuries. There are now 22 to 23 million Muslims, a tiny minority in a country of 1.4 billion. Among them, the Hui and the Uighurs make up the largest ethnic groups. Uighurs primarily live in Xinjiang, but the Hui live in enclaves scattered around the nation.

The restrictions they now face can be traced to 2015, when Mr. Xi first raised the issue of what he called the “Sinicization of Islam,” saying all faiths should be subordinate to Chinese culture and the Communist Party. Last year, Mr. Xi’s government issued a confidential directive that ordered local officials to prevent Islam from interfering with secular life and the state’s functions.

Critics of China’s policies who are outside the country provided excerpts from the directive to The Times. The directive, titled “Reinforcing and Improving Islam Work in the New Situation,” has not been made public. It was issued by the State Council, China’s cabinet, in April of last year and classified as confidential for 20 years.

The directive warns against the “Arabization” of Islamic places, fashions and rituals in China, singling out the influence of Saudi Arabia, the home of Islam’s holiest sites, as a cause for concern.

It prohibits the use of the Islamic financial system. It bars mosques or other private Islamic organizations from organizing kindergartens or after-school programs, and it forbids Arabic-language schools to teach religion or send students abroad to study.

The most visible aspect of the crackdown has been the targeting of mosques built with domes, minarets and other architectural details characteristic of Central Asia or the Arabic world.

Taken in isolation, some of these measures seem limited. Others seem capricious: some mosques with Arabic features have been left untouched, while others nearby have been altered or shut down.

But on a national scale, the trend is clear. Mr. Cui, the poet, calls it the harshest campaign against faith since the end of the Cultural Revolution, when so-called Red Guards unleashed by Mao Zedong destroyed mosques across the country.»

«In an interview, Mr. Ma, the Frostburg State scholar, said the current leadership viewed religion as “the major enemy the state faces.” He said senior officials had studied the role played by faith — particularly the Catholic Church in Poland — in the collapse of the Soviet Union and its dominion in Eastern Europe.»

September 19 2019

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Islamophobia – Muslim Council of Hong Kong

  • Muslim inmates in China detention camp forced to eat pork, drink alcohol and physically tortured as some commit suicide (May 19, 2018)

    «China has blamed violent attacks in Xinjiang in recent years on Islamist extremists bent on waging holy war on the state, with radical ideas said to be coming from abroad over the Internet and from visits to foreign countries by Uighurs, the region’s predominant ethnic group.

    In response, Beijing has turned the entire region into a 21st-century surveillance state, with ubiquitous checkpoints and widespread use of facial recognition technology, and has even forced Muslims to install spyware on their phones that allows the authorities to monitor their activity online, experts say. Long beards and veils have been banned, and overt expression of religious sentiment is likely to cause immediate suspicion.

    In an extension of the already pervasive program of human surveillance, more than 1 million Communist Party cadres have been dispatched to spend days on end staying in the homes of families — most of them Muslim — throughout Xinjiang, according to a report by Human Rights Watch released this week. There, they carry out political indoctrination and report back on anything from the extent of religious beliefs to uncleanliness and alcoholism.»

  • Uyghur Muslim women being forced into marriage to Chinese men as Ugyhur men are being sent to concentration camps, gene washing in motion (June 1, 2018)

    «…eight aspects of China’s extensive assimilation policy in Xinjiang that has been underway since 1949:

    1. Sincization of Uyghur alphabet,
    2. censorship of Uyghur books,
    3. coercion of Uyghur intellectuals to pledge loyalty to the Communist Party of China,
    4. banning of traditional clothing,
    5. criminalization of “halal” labels,
    6. assigning Han officials to Uyghur families,
    7. banning Islamic names, and
    8. destroying historic buildings in Kashgar.»

  • “Uyghur Muslims under China’s draconian rule can neither fast nor pray during this Ramadan, 3 years in a row”, says Uyghur American Association (May 7, 2019)

    «Activists and U.S. politicians meanwhile called for greater world attention to and condemnation of China’s network of political “re-education camps” that have held up to 1.5 million Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities accused of harboring “strong religious views” and “politically incorrect” ideas since April 2017 as reported by Radio Free Asia.

    Authorities in Xinjiang have typically forced restaurants to stay open and restricted access to mosques during Ramadan to discourage traditional observation of the holy month, and in recent years authorities’ have tried to ban fasting among Uyghurs, drawing widespread criticism from rights groups.

    “The entire Muslim world has started fasting and praying. But unfortunately the Uyghur Muslims under China’s draconian rule can neither fast nor pray during this Ramadan,” said Ilshat Hassan, president of the Washington-based Uyghur American Association.

    “It is not just Uyghurs’ Islamic faith that is under Chinese attack but also their very existence as a unique indigenous people,” he told RFA’s Uyghur Service.

    “The international community needs to take action for China locking up millions of Uyghurs in concentration camps. And the Muslim world, especially OIC, should hold China accountable for its anti-Islamic policy and crimes against humanity,” added Hassan.»

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China Is Treating Islam Like a Mental Illness

«The sheer scale of the internment camp system, which according to The Wall Street Journal has doubled in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region just within the last year, is mindboggling. The U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China describes it as “the largest mass incarceration of a minority population in the world today.” Beijing began by targeting Uighur extremists, but now even benign manifestations of Muslim identity—like growing a long beard—can get a Uighur sent to a camp, the Journal noted. Earlier this month, when a UN panel confronted a senior Chinese official about the camps, he said there are “no such things as reeducation centers,” even though government documents refer to the facilities that way. Instead, he claimed they’re just vocational schools for criminals.

China has been selling a very different narrative to its own population. Although the authorities frequently describe the internment camps as schools, they also liken them to another type of institution: hospitals. Here’s an excerpt from an official Communist Party audio recording, which was transmitted last year to Uighurs via WeChat, a social-media platform, and which was transcribed and translated by Radio Free Asia:

Members of the public who have been chosen for reeducation have been infected by an ideological illness. They have been infected with religious extremism and violent terrorist ideology, and therefore they must seek treatment from a hospital as an inpatient. … The religious extremist ideology is a type of poisonous medicine, which confuses the mind of the people. … If we do not eradicate religious extremism at its roots, the violent terrorist incidents will grow and spread all over like an incurable malignant tumor.

“Religious belief is seen as a pathology” in China, explained James Millward, a professor of Chinese history at Georgetown University, adding that Beijing often claims religion fuels extremism and separatism. “So now they’re calling reeducation camps ‘hospitals’ meant to cure thinking. It’s like an inoculation, a search-and-destroy medical procedure that they want to apply to the whole Uighur population, to kill the germs of extremism. But it’s not just giving someone a shot—it’s locking them up for months in bad conditions.”»

March 20 2018

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His view, in my interpretation: a real, devout Muslim would avoid homosexuality and be an exemplary husband over his wife in accordance with the teachings of the Quran. The root cause of the Orlando Shootings isn’t Islam, but lack of Islamic self-discipline against homosexuality and domestic violence. Am I wrong?

I’m often surprised at Muslim people’s lack of sensitivity on gender-related issues such as LGBTQ rights, when I hear their arguments against Islamophobia. I agree in general with the view of the speaker in the above YouTube video, but using homophobia to refute Islamophobia is rather disturbing for me.

March 01 2018

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“The Myth of the ‘Radical Minority’”

“46% of Lebanese Muslims have favourable views of Hezbollah” … so what? Iran’s threat, as always?

November 16 2017

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August 02 2017

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July 16 2017

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February 12 2015

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it really scares me how aggressive people can be about disliking islam, muslims, hijab etc. I’ve seen people get red in the face angry because I wouldn’t take my hijab off. All of this is real and muslim women have to deal with this sometimes daily esp sisters in the south
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#NotBreakingNews (via Hijabonita)

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“Meanwhile on Fox News: Refusal to call the Chapel Hill shootings a hate crime, but no hesitation to label every crime committed by a Muslim a terrorist. No hesitation to say all women in a hijab should be jailed. No hesitation to spew hate against Islam every chance they get.”shitrichcollegekidssay

January 27 2015

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西側の新たなイスラム排斥

ヨーロッパでは、イスラム排斥の新たな時代が始まっています。パリで起きたイスラム教徒を名乗る武装集団のテロ行為は、イスラム教とイスラム教徒によるものとされました。彼らは、つい先日までフランスやEUの政策のために、シリアやイラクで戦争を行っていたテロリストです。また、パリの事件も2001年のアメリカ同時多発テロのように、パリ西側の自由の基盤に対する攻撃とみなされています。このような解釈により、西側ではイスラム恐怖症やイスラム排斥が拡大し、新たな側面を見せるようになりました。 ...

January 14 2014

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Islamophobia Increases in UK Schools

A growing number of British Muslim children have reported facing racist and xenophobic bullying in their schools, a UK charity group revealed, warning that far-right agenda on immigration was being taken into classrooms.

“There’s so much more of a focus in the news at the moment about immigrants… it’s a real discussion topic and children aren’t immune to the conversations that happen around them,” Sue Minto, head of ChildLine, told The Independent on Wednesday, December 8.

“Some children are being told, even if they’re UK born, to pack your bags and go back where you belong. It is very worrying, it’s a big increase. This past year, it really seems to be something children and young people are suffering with.” ...

September 01 2013

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French girl attempts suicide after ‘veil attack’

France 24 (Aug. 27 2013) via Islamophobia Today:

16-year-old girl, who filed charges against a pair of skinheads for what she said was an Islamophobic attack on August 12, attempted to commit suicide on Monday by jumping from a window in her apartment block.

According to a police report, the girl was assaulted on August 13 in the troubled town of Trappes, 35 kilometres west of Paris. Two men with shaved heads approached the Muslim girl with a “sharp object,” ripped off her headscarf, shouted Islamphobic insults and hit her on the shoulder before fleeing by car, a judicial source told French media.

The girl made a first attempt to take her life on August 23 by ingesting a dangerously-high quantity of medicated drugs, police said.

After jumping from a window on the fourth floor of her apartment building on Monday evening she was said to be “seriously injured” but still conscious when taken to hospital by paramedics. She was then transferred to a hospital in Paris during the night. Local authorities described her condition as “worrying”.

The reporter of Islamophobia Today added: “I am very concerned about Aissatou’s mental and spiritual well-being, she was clearly traumatized by her experience and the backlash she has encountered from French authorities. The French Islamophobia watch-dog group ‘Collectif Contre L’Islamophobie’ has reported that she was harassed by police authorities.”

August 11 2013

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halal food funds terrorists

“... [Stephanie] Banister was arrested for placing stickers on products in a Brisbane supermarket that read ‘halal food funds terrorism.’ She is due to face charges in court for alleged ‘contaminating or interfering with goods.’”‘Australian Sarah Palin’ withdraws from election race after stating ‘Islam is a country’ (RT News, Aug. 10 2013)

July 25 2013

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フランスで強まるイスラム排斥

halal food funds terrorists

イスラム教とイスラム教の戒律への反対は、昨年のフランス大統領選挙の宣伝活動や選挙戦において、重要なテーマの一つと化しました。サルコジ前大統領は、イスラム排斥のスローガンを掲げ、フランスにおけるハラール食品の拡大をイスラム教の拡大の証として懸念を表明し、極右主義者の票を集めようとしました。こうした懸念の表明の計画により、フランスではイスラム排斥やイスラム恐怖症が増大し、イスラム教関連の施設やイスラム教徒への攻撃が増加しています。イスラム教徒の信仰に基づく特別なサービスを提供していたフランスの一部の企業や機関も、これらのサービスを停止しました。例えば、航空会社エールフランスはフライングブルー・プログラムの中で提示されている、ハラール食品のメニューを機内食のリストから削除しています。しかし、この航空会社の機内食リストには、コーシェルと呼ばれるユダヤ教徒の食事規定に従ったメニューや、ベジタリアンのためのメニューはそのまま残っているのです。少し前にも、エールフランスは、ヘジャーブを着用した、アメリカ・バージニア州出身のイスラム教徒の女性職員を、頭を覆うへジャーブとスカーフを使用したという理由で、採用した翌日に解雇しました。
フランスや多くのヨーロッパ諸国では、イスラム教徒に対する人種差別的な行為はもはや日常茶飯事となっています。西側の政府関係者は、多元文化主義的な社会の実現に失敗したことを示した上で、イスラム教の戒律に沿ったイスラム教徒の生活スタイルや服装に対する制限を追加しようとしています。彼らはテロリズムとの戦いやイスラム教徒の過激化を防ぐという口実で、これらの措置を実施しているのです。

January 31 2013

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“Every religion has its extremists.”

In my view, the notion that the western colonialism is relevant to christianity is shared rather widely in Japan.

September 08 2010

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In comments broadcast on CNN, Terry Jones, pastor of the Dove World Outreach Centre, said it would be ‘tragic’ if anybody's life was lost as a result of the planned Quran burning. But he said: ‘Still, I must say that we feel that we must sooner or later stand up to Islam, and if we don't, it's not going to go away.’
Warnings against Quran burning plan (Al Jazeera English, Sep. 7 2010)

September 06 2010

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アメリカの教会で9/11にコーランを燃やす催しが予定されていて、イスラム圏の各地でそれに抗議する集会が開かれている。なんか滅入るなあ
— Eunheui (via Twitter)
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