Chinese authorities demolish Uyghur home for holding Quran classes

2015-04-10 09:44:42 | Al Muslim News
Chinese authorities demolish Uyghur home for holding Quran classes

 

Chinese Authorities have demolished the home of an ethnic Uyghur Muslim family that had served as an underground school for Quranic studies.
Chinese Authorities forced some 500 local peoples to watch as workers tore down the house of Mettursun Qasim to set an example for those who support unofficial Islamic studies, RFA reported.
Hezim Turdi, chief of Qarasay’s Qaradong village said he had witnessed the demolition of Qasim’s home in the Ayaghmele neighborhood of Aral village along with his local imams.
He said Qasim’s home had one room as classroom for teaching the Holy Quran to local residents.
“The whole house was smashed up by an excavator and a bulldozer,†Their belongings, including their cooking utensils and curtains, ended up buried under the walls and roof, he added.
“Chinese authorities wouldn’t allow us to take pictures, but ordered that we widely spread knowledge of the consequences of underground Quran teaching to the villagers.â€
“The rest of their belongings, including their cooking utensils and curtains, ended up buried under the walls and roof,†he said.“
The officials repeatedly announced, ‘These are the consequences of disregarding government orders and supporting illegal activities,’ as the house was knocked down, so the people were afraid of revealing their pity for Mettursun Qasim.â€
House owner Qasim, a 27-year-old farmer, and his wife, 25, had been detained a month earlier for allowing the Quran studies in their home, while their three children—were relocated to live with their grandparents nearby.
According to Turdi, home base class had nine students, aged seven to 22 years old of local residents.
The four students were among 25 people—including Qasim, his wife, and the Quran Tearcher, Eli Weli, 25 tried that day on similar charges for teaching Islamic religious studies, sending their children to schools that offered such classes, or attending the classes themselves.
During the two-hour morning trial, members of China’s ruling Communist Party committee for Qaraqash and government officials gave speeches, followed by public security authorities who warned the 15,000 people ordered to attend of the consequences of illegal Islamic studies,.
“The students were only reading and memorizing the Quran in the class, and learning the basic rules of prayer—they were revealed very early by police before moving on to other forms of study.
“Eli Weli and Mettursun Qasim are both family men with quiet personalities—I have known
them since they were children,†Qasim’s neighbor said, adding that the teacher had agreed to teach Qasim’s sons as a favor to him, and had not refused to include the other students when they approached him for Quran learning.
Islamic teaching fit the needs of authorities, who are looking to set examples during the strike hard campaign against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang.
Turkic-speaking minority Uyghur Muslims, who are the targets of the campaigns, have complained about pervasive ethnic discrimination, religious repression, and cultural suppression by Chinese authorities.
Few months ago, authorities tightened up rules forbidding anyone under the age of 18 from following a religion, targeting families whose children studied the Quran or fasted during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with hefty fines.
Chinese authorities in the Hotan, Kashgar and Aksu prefectures of Xinjiang forced Muslim parents to sign pledges promising not to allow their children to participate in any religious activities, the exile World Uyghur Congress (WUC) group charged at the time.

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Tags: #Anti-Islam #Anti-Muslim #Islamophobia #Muslim-minorities #Uyghr-Muslim #China #

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