NEW DELHI: Recent reports coming from China’s Xinjiang about the confiscation of the Quran have put the whole world in a state of shock. Radio Free Asia reported on several disturbing incidents from Xinjiang in which Muslims were forced to throw the Koran into a river to escape persecution by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) government.
Such an incident was recently reported from Aidarly village in the Panfilov district of Almaty where some Muslims dumped their Koran in the Ili river. The report states that such incidents have become a common trend in China. Something similar recently happened on the Khorgas river too.
According to reports, in order to prevent the holy book from being tarnished by the CCP, and to save themselves from the torture of possessing it, Muslims in Xinjiang have dumped the Koran in the river that flows to Kazakhstan, after wrapping it in plastic sheets.
They believe that in this way, they will not only be able to save themselves but also be able to keep the piety of the book alive and ultimately protect their religious teachings.
Over the past few years, especially after Xi Jinping came to power, numerous incidents of confiscating the Koran after his search and resulting punitive operations against Muslims in Xinjiang have been reported frequently.
As the confiscation accelerated, Muslims began burying their Koran underground. However, Chinese authorities were smart enough to spot the trend, which led to the incidents of mass exile of holy books. Apart from the Koran, Chinese officials in Xinjiang also confiscated documents and other religious books.
Muslims, who refuse to hand over the Koran to government authorities or try to hide it, end up being sent to training camps or receiving sentences of up to three years in prison.
Uighur and Turkish scholars see this trend as China’s attempt to cleanse ethnic Muslims in Xinjiang and erase Islamic culture. They further argue that such incidents lead to an extreme identity crisis for Muslims in the region as their ethnic culture falls prey to Chinese cynicism efforts.
Instead of voicing concern over human rights abuses, officials of China’s United Front Works (UFWD) division have begun to raise the issue as a potential threat to China’s image in the Muslim world and advocate strong censorship of such news reporting. Activists argue that the CCP’s intelligence has advised the Chinese government to speed up the process of cynicizing the Koran – a process in which the CCP promotes its own version of the Koran by changing the original.
Ridiculously, it is believed that the Chinese government is trying to strengthen patrols along the river that flows from Xinjiang to neighboring countries to confiscate the Koran flowing in the river. He also plans to intensify restrictions on the movement of Uighurs and Muslims from other Turkish communities outside China.
In the midst of everything, the most striking fact is the silence of Muslim countries like Pakistan and Turkey regarding the persecution of Muslims and the elimination of their religious symbols. Prominent Uighur activists like lishat H Kokbore argue that a country like Pakistan is doing the greatest harm to Islam by remaining silent on the persecution of Muslims in Xinjiang and have criticized Imran Khan’s government for striking a deal with China to remain silent on the issue. return of economic aid. Previously, when asked about the persecution of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang by the CCP government, Imran Khan declined to comment and said that he did not know much about the matter.
However, Muslims are increasingly aware of the conditions of Muslim hostility in Xinjiang and this particular issue also appears to be gaining great traction among the Ummah. Experts believe that the incident of the Koran floating in the river has started to gain traction around the world and will certainly have an impact on the Belt and Road (BRI) initiative as this incident could leave most Muslim countries unsatisfied. Similar concerns were expressed by UFWD Officials in their opinions and publications, advising the government to censor such news at any cost.
Above all, the courage shown by Xinjiang Muslims in protecting the dignity and purity of the Koran by ensuring it reaches safe hands, must have touched the hearts of many. These stories have become part of the folklore in Uighur society.
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