Islamic population has been under pressure from the government of China that has gone way beyond in injustice over the Muslim population, by making them swear that they will not observe fast in the Holy month of Ramazan. These unfair regulations were imposed by some of the local governments in China’s unruly far western region of Xinjiang, where the Uighur people are being forced to give up fasting during Ramazan.
Tension has heightened in the region with the approach of Ramazan. Earlier Xinjiang had to suffer deadly attacks, which were blamed by Beijing on Islamist militants over the past three years in which hundreds lost their lives. In the recent days, state media and government websites in Xinjiang have published stories and official notices demanding that party members, civil servants, students and teachers in particular do not observe Ramazan. This was also imposed last year.
Food safety officials have urged the Halal restaurants to remain open during Ramazan and those who would stay open, will get fewer visits from the food safety inspectors. In 2013, following a bloody conflict, the party officials in Maralbexi had to give a verbal as well as a written assurance guaranteeing that they have no faith and will not attend religious activities and will abstain from fasting in Ramazan.
“China is increasing its bans and monitoring as Ramazan approaches. The faith of the Uighurs has been highly politicized, and the increase in controls could cause sharp resistance,” stated Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the exiled Uighur group.