A practicing Muslim in Xinjiang, China, Tursunjan Mamat, said that he is fasting in Ramadan but his ten years and eight years old daughters are not. He continued that religious practice, including Ramadan fasting, isn’t allowed for those who are not adults.
The thirty-two years old ethnic Uyghur was not grumbling, at least not to a bunch of overseas reporters taken to his house outside Aksu city by officials, who listened in on his reactions. Moreover, it observed Mamat was delivering a practical description of how religion is practiced under a set of guidelines made by the Communist Party of China.
He, while speaking through a translator, said that his kids know who their holy creator is, but he doesn’t give them thorough religious knowledge. He added that after they reach eighteen, they can get religious education according to their own wish.
Many mosques destroyed
Foreign observers said that many mosques had been destroyed, a charge that China never accepts, and locals said that many worshippers are dipping.
Around ten years ago, four-thousand to five thousand people practiced Friday prayer at the mosque Id Kah in the Silk Road, Kashgar. Mamat Juma, the imam of the mosque, said that now just eight-hundred to nine-hundred do. Moreover, Mamat Juma attributed the decrease to a natural shift in values and said that the new generation desires to spend more time working than praying.
In April, the Govt. of China planned a 5-day tour to Xinjiang for around a dozen overseas journalists, which was part of an acute propaganda campaign to claim abuse. Furthermore, the Chinese officials frequently forced correspondents to check what they have observed, not what Beijing calls the lies of acute Western media and politicians.
China explains that it defends the liberty of religion, and its people can practice their religion as long as they obey the country’s laws and regulations.
The general manager of Aksu Huafu Textiles Co., Li Qiang, said that within the factory grounds, it is restricted, but when they go home, then they can go to the mosque to pray. He added that dormitories are for the employees to rest, and they want them to rest well so that workers can maintain their health.
By laws and regulations, the Chinese people are permitted to follow Buddhism, Islam, Roman Catholicism, Taoism, or non-denominational Protestantism, but in practice, there are limitations.