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.


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

Latest News

What to Next

Attacks on mosques on the rise in Netherlands

There has been an increase in the number of attacks targeting mosques in the Netherlands, according to a report released by a Turkish university on Mo... More

China military ordered to pledge total loyalty to President Xi Jinping

China's military has been ordered to pledge absolute loyalty to President Xi Jinping while a paramilitary police force now literally sings his pra... More

Muslim teaching assistant wins unfair dismissal case over 9/11 footage

A Muslim teaching assistant who was sacked for objecting to 11-year-olds being shown graphic footage of the 9/11 attacks has won an unfair dismissal c... More

Somalia: 23 dead in Mogadishu twin suicide car bomb attack

MOGADISHU, Somalia: At least 23 people, including a former lawmaker and a police official were killed and more than 30 others wounded in two suspected... More

Singapore bans Mufti Menk from entering country

Singapore has banned Mufti Ismail Menk, a renowned Islamic preacher, from entering the city-state, with the government contending that his views promo... More

Turkey and Qatar: Behind the strategic alliance

The third meeting of Turkey-Qatar Supreme Strategic Committee at the ministerial level kicked off in Istanbul on Monday, October 23. Al Jazeera examin... More

Israel delays vote on bill to Judaise Jerusalem

Israel has delayed a vote on a controversial bill that would annex illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank to the Israeli-defined boundaries of ... More

Spanish PM dissolves Catalan parliament

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy says he is dissolving the Catalan parliament and calling regional elections over its push for independence. The prime minist... More

presidential election in Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya - At least three people have been killed in violence gripping Kenya's contentious presidential election rerun, which has been boyco... More

Gazans demand release of loved ones jailed by Israel

Young Palestinian Jerusalemites detained by Israeli police are made vulnerable by late-night arrests, lengthy interrogations and a lack of access to t... More