July 26, 2014 - السبت 30 رمضان 1435
From Yasir Qadhi:
Yesterday, a brother from Xinjiang, China, who is working in my city came up to me with a question. He told me that his relatives back home were asking: would their fast count if they were forced to eat and drink by the government during the day?
I asked him how the government does this. He replied that there is a public luncheon (for example, his relative is a schoolteacher) and the Muslims are monitored to see if they eat or drink. So there are people whose job it is to check whether Muslims are eating or not.
I said, “Is there any way for them to pretend to eat but not actually eat?” He replied, “Not really, since the government monitors are checking to see if they are actually eating.”
I asked what were the consequences if they refused. He said that best case scenario is that they would eventually lose their jobs, and worst case scenario, jail and imprisonment and fines. He told me that he had called his mother a few days ago to wish her Ramadan Mubarak, to which his mother, a very elderly lady, became agitated, changed the topic, and hinted at him not to even mention the word ‘Ramadan’ over the phone for fear of repercussion and harassment. Read the rest of this entry »
July 3, 2014 - الخميس 07 رمضان 1435
Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region working as civil servants, students and teachers have been banned from fasting during the holy month of Ramadan on Wednesday. The move has sparked condemnation from an exile group.
Xinjiang is a mainly Muslim region, home to the Uighur minority. For years China’s ruling Communist party has restricted fasting in the region, which has seen sees regular and often deadly clashes between Uighurs and state security forces. Beijing has blamed recent deadly attacks elsewhere in China on militants seeking independence for the resource-rich region. Read the rest of this entry »
June 29, 2014 - الأحد 03 رمضان 1435
18 year old Chelsea Lambie (member of the Scottish Defence League) and 39 year old Douglas Cruikshank attacked a mosque in Edinburgh. They wrapped bacon around the door handles of the mosque, threw bacon into the property and ran away laughing. The Crown claimed the offence was racially aggravated.
Once again, political ignorance of mosques has contributed to them being attacked. Muslim schools, dress code, mosques, morals and values are under intense scrutiny. Despite such sacrilegious media attention, the majority of mosques do nothing to teach the community how to defend themselves from Islamophobia.
Until Muslims learn to defend their rights, freedoms and religion, we could see Islamophobic attacks increase in the near future.