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Islam in China

Until now, we have discussed the growth of movement toward Islam after the fall of communism. The situation is a little different in China, one of the last bastions of communism. Here, Islam is on the rise, but because Mao's Red ideology is still in effect, opposition toward religion is continuing apace. Religious figures are still being arrested and tortured, places of worship are being closed, and people are not free to worship or practice their faith. In the small mosques and places of prayer where the state permits worship, strict discipline is enforced by the police and the military. For example, in Eastern Turkestan (Xinjiang), Muslims cannot perform their prayers in their preferred mosques or remain in the mosque as long as they want. If they work in a state office, they cannot fast or perform their prayers. Those Muslims who go to the mosque are closely watched by secret police agents. Muslims under the age of 18 cannot receive a religious education, and if the government discovers that they have started to study the Qur'an, no matter how old they are, they are arrested and their families are penalized. But this official policy of pressure and violence does not prevent people from turning to religion.

(Above right) A report entitled "China's Islamic Concerns" tells about Beijing's uneasiness over Islam's growth. In April 2001, Beijing decided to establish the Chinese Islamic Union with 16 clergy on the board of directors. In this way, China hopes to keep an eye on every kind of Islamic activity. (Above left) A BBC report entitled "China's fearful Muslim minority" spoke about Beijing's oppression of the Uighur Muslims. Especially after 9/11, China increased pressure on its Muslims using the struggle against terrorism as a pretext, trying in this way to cover up its human rights violations. This tactic did not escape the attention of Western human rights organizations, and the BBC report focused on these violations. (For more detailed information, see Harun Yahya's Communist China's Policy of Oppression in East Turkestan.)
(Below left) China seeks its religion.

Despite the strict implementation of these measures, as the Asian edition of Time magazine reports, religion in China is growing:

Despite China's efforts to restrict religious expression, however, the spiritual awakening of its citizens isn't about to dissipate. Although the ruling Communist Party remains officially atheist, the collapse of Maoist ideology created a vacuum that religion is helping to fill.79

However much the communist regime in China may contest these figures, about 200 million Muslims live there. Despite everything, the number of those who perform acts of worship has increased.80

Anyone who acts rightly, male or female, being a believer, We will give them a good life and We will recompense them according to the best of what they did.
(Qur'an, 16:97)

79. "Land of Spirits," Time Asia, January 24, 2000.
80. "Report on Chinese Muslim Population,"

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