Breaking News! Chinese (Uighur) Muslims under attack

Discussion in 'Global Affairs' started by Umar247, Jul 6, 2009.

  1. Umar247

    Umar247 Haters Gonna Hate

    Violence in China's restive western region of Xinjiang has left at least 140 people dead and more than 800 people injured, state media say.

    Several hundred people were also arrested after a protest turned violent in the city of Urumqi on Sunday.

    Beijing says Uighurs went on the rampage but one exiled Uighur leader says police fired on students.

    The protest was reportedly prompted by a deadly fight between Uighurs and Han Chinese in southern China last month.

    The BBC's Chris Hogg in Shanghai says that if the numbers of dead are to be believed - and state media say they may rise - this looks like the bloodiest violence in China since Tiananmen Square 20 years ago.

    It is still unclear who died in the violence and why so many were killed.

    'Foreign plot'

    Uighur exiles said police had fired indiscriminately on a peaceful protest in Urumqi.

    The Xinjiang government blamed separatist Uighurs based abroad for orchestrating attacks on ethnic Han Chinese.

    Eyewitnesses said the violence started on Sunday with a few hundred people, and grew to more than 1,000.

    Xinhua says the protesters carried knives, bricks and batons, smashed cars and stores, and fought with security forces.

    Wu Nong, news director for the Xinjiang government, said more than 260 vehicles were attacked and more than 200 shops and houses damaged. An overnight curfew was imposed.

    BBC sources in China report they have been unable to open the Twitter messaging site in Shanghai and that message boards on Xinjiang on a number of websites were not taking posts.

    Reports from Xinjiang suggest some internet and mobile phone services have been blocked.

    Urumqi resident Han Zhenyu told Reuters news agency there was no access to the internet. A representative of the China Mobile phone service told Associated Press its service was suspended in the region.

    'Dark day'

    Uighur groups insisted their peaceful protest had become victim to state violence.

    Uighurs are ethnically Turkic Muslims
    They make up about 8m of the 20m population
    China re-established control in 1949 after crushing short-lived state of East Turkestan
    Since then, large-scale immigration of Han Chinese
    Uighurs fear erosion of traditional culture
    Sporadic violence since 1991

    In pictures: Xinjiang protests
    Q&A: China and the Uighurs

    The Uighurs were reportedly angry over an ethnic clash last month in the city of Shaoguan in southern Guangdong province.

    A man there was said to have posted a message on a local website claiming six boys from Xinjiang had "raped two innocent girls".

    Police said the false claim sparked a vicious brawl between Han and Uighur ethnic groups at a factory. Two Uighurs were killed and 118 people were injured.

    However, the Xinjiang government has blamed the latest unrest on businesswoman Rebiya Kadeer, the Uighurs' leader who is living in exile in the United States.

    "An initial investigation showed the violence was masterminded by the separatist World Uighur Congress led by Rebiya Kadeer," the government said in a statement, according to Xinhua.

    It said that the violence had been "instigated and directed from abroad".


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    The vice-president of the US-based Uighur American Association, Alim Seytoff, condemned the "heavy-handed" actions of the security forces.

    "We ask the international community to condemn China's killing of innocent Uighurs. This is a very dark day in the history of the Uighur people," he said.

    The BBC's Quentin Sommerville in China says Xinjiang, a mainly Muslim area, has been a source of tension for many years.

    Some of its Uighur population of about eight million, want to break away from China, and its majority Han Chinese population.

    The authorities say police are securing order across the region and anyone creating a disturbance will be detained and punished.

    Source : BBC News
  2. Abu Abdallah al-Bulghari

    Abu Abdallah al-Bulghari <A HREF="showthread.php?t=70991"></A>

    Re: Uighur Muslims under attack

    Chinese are carrying the same practice the most vicious enemies of Islam have been carrying for ages: Zionist occupants in ash-Shams and Russian ethnic expansion in former Soviet Union.

    Any Kaafir who is part of massive migration to a Muslim area is participating in the ethnic cleansing campaign and cannot be called a civilian. The rules of 3 Madinah tribes should be applied to such population as a whole.

    May Allah raise the dead Uighur Muslims to the ranks of Shuhadah. May Allah destroy the filthy atheistic and polytheistic government of China. Ameen
  3. Muwaahid

    Muwaahid I disbelieve in disbelief

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    Assalaamu aleykum,
    What is worse is how it is been reported in the BBC. They said that the uighur are the minority in xinjiand. Can you believe that? In their homeland they are branded as minority when the han chinese are said to be the majority, which is a lie in xinjiang but true in the rest of China.
  4. Umm Ahmed

    Umm Ahmed 2C oursels as ithers C us

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    May Allaah protect them ameen.
  5. Layth

    Layth Abu Shawarma

    Re: Uighur Muslims under attack

    Ameen, Subhan Allah.

    Where do the Han Chinese muslims live? Do they live amongst the Uighurs or do they live in a different region?
  6. Abu Bakar

    Abu Bakar New Member

    Re: Uighur Muslims under attack

    May ALLAH help our brothers in trouble......
    infact they are the forgotten part of our ummah...............
  7. Ismail Ibrahim

    Ismail Ibrahim Formerly Harris Hammam

    Mass [Muslim] arrests [and death] over China violence

    It is much worse than what the media is portraying it to be:

    BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | Mass arrests over China violence
  8. Ismail Ibrahim

    Ismail Ibrahim Formerly Harris Hammam

    Re: Mass [Muslim] arrests [and death] over China violence

    In a related article on the website:
    BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | Uighur resentment at Beijing's rule

    If we can't even do Dua for our sisters and brothers there, then shame on us.
  9. Ismail Ibrahim

    Ismail Ibrahim Formerly Harris Hammam

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    Can someone merge my thread into this?
  10. Abu Maryam PK

    Abu Maryam PK New Member

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    May Allah help the brothers of Turkestan
  11. Abu Treika

    Abu Treika Magoo

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    May Allah protect them
  12. Umm Ahmed

    Umm Ahmed 2C oursels as ithers C us

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    In the news today the women are seeking news on those being held, and the men are shoving the women about SubhaanAllaah.
  13. Umm Ahmed

    Umm Ahmed 2C oursels as ithers C us

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  14. abuhannah

    abuhannah Well-Known Member

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    (I am not exactly sure who died yesterday,press said that they were Han Chinese are they Muslim?)

    Riots engulf Chinese Uighur city

    Groups of ethnic Han Chinese have marched through the city of Urumqi carrying clubs and machetes, as tension grows between ethnic groups and police.

    Security forces fired tear gas to disperse the crowds, who said they were protesting against violence carried out by ethnic Muslim Uighurs.

    BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | Riots engulf Chinese Uighur city
  15. Re: Uighur Muslims under attack

    They're calling it 'ethnic' violence, instead of religious violence, which is what it is...

    The atheist Chinese are slaughtering the Uyghurs, just because they believe in Allah and His Messenger and want to live according to Islam and not communist laws and principles...

    It truly is as simple as that...

    Allah knows best, but if this was all going down 25 years ago, then Uyghurs fighting would be considered a Mujaahideen, and probably would have been backed by international security forces and intelligence agencies...
  16. Muneer88

    Muneer88 هنيئاً لك الشهادة

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    you got that right.
    All the western regimes knows what the chinese gov. is up to, torturing whoever opposes them, be them Muslims or a "democracy" spokes person, but this is a regime that the west does not want to change as it is in their interest to trade with china.
    when the us was about to change saddam hussein they claimed that he was bad for his own people and bla bla, but the truth was that the mutual interest was no longer there and they saw him as a threat. China is a worse threat due to their nuclear capabilities, but no one is voicing their opinion. cause China is a good trade friend, so their "human rights" record is not a big issue with the big democracy called US...
    It's all about money, nothing else, thats all what the rotten democracy is all about, common interest.
  17. Ismail Ibrahim

    Ismail Ibrahim Formerly Harris Hammam

    Re: Uighur Muslims under attack

    I wonder why the US and UK forces didn't invade Zimbabwe...

    Well the answer's obvious, isn't it? And i they did so, I think they would have got good support from the public... (But that's not gonna happen anytime soon, isn't it?)

    Why don't they invade Iran or North Korea? Because they are cowards...

    Why did they invade Iraq? Because they knew that Iraq had no WMD... or else they would have chickened away from that too...
  18. Abu'Aaminah

    Abu'Aaminah Well-Known Member

    The Grim Reality of Xinjiang

    The Grim Reality of Xinjiang

    On June 5th, 2009 the world watched as violent riots broke out in the region of Xinjiang. These riots have left over 150 people dead and over 800 people injured. For those who may not know, Xinjiang is an autonomous region of‘The Peoples Republic of China’ and is often referred to as Chinese Turkestan, Sinkiang, East Turkestan, or Uyghuristan. This is also the region which is home to a majority of China’s Muslim population and over the past few years have gain international headlines due to the fact that the ‘Islamic Revival’ has taken much ground within this region. The people of Xinjiang, often referred to as the Uighur people, have suffered from immense persecution by the hands of the Chinese government. China has been notorious for its harsh treatment against Muslims within its nation. So much so that following September 11th, 2001 many indigenous Muslims within Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and other major cities in China were forcibly removed and many exiled as a “precaution”. In September 2008, controversy flooded the international media outlets when the Chinese government forbid Muslims within the nation from fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. It was at this time that the Muslim Ummah began to notice that Africa, the Middle East, the Caucus, and South Asia were not the only areas where Muslims faced oppression at the hands of the kuffar. However as we see so often, once Ramadan ended and the controversy died down the Muslims went to sleep on this issue leaving our brothers and sisters within China, specifically Xinjiang, to suffer at the hands of the Chinese government while the Muslim Ummah sits silent. Now is the time to break that silence. We must understand the history of what taking place within Xinjiang is and how progress can be made if done so with continuous action and a sincere intention.

    The History of The Xinjiang Conflict and The Persecution of Uighur Muslims

    Many would be quick to believe that the conflict within Xinjiang began after the events of September 11th, 2001. In reality this conflict dates back father then the 1990’s, as does the persecution against the Uighur Muslims within the region. It was not until the late 1990’s and early 2000’s that the Islamic Revival became what American diplomats called in 2000, “the number one internal threat to Chinese national security and stability”. However those who looked more closely at the conflict began to realize that this was not conflict due to the selfish desires of ‘Muslim separatists’, but instead was an act of resistance against the Iron Fist policies of the Chinese government which have been implemented on the Muslim population within Xinjiang. Richard Betts notes in his article regarding the genocide in Kosovo,

    “Perhaps the best illustration by analogy of choices for Kosovo comes from the untidy periphery of contemporary China. Is Kosovo’s future best exemplified by Tibet, Hong Kong, or Taiwan?”

    (The Lesser Evil: The Best Way Out of the Balkans, Page.59.)

    Though he did not mention Xinjiang by name; the policies implemented within Tibet, Hong Kong, and Taiwan are the same as those implemented within Xinjiang and any other autonomous region controlled by the Chinese government. In fact it can be safely said that the people within Xinjiang have faced harsher treatment and persecution far beyond the levels of that seen in areas such as Tibet or Taiwan. The only reason anyone would disagree with this point would be due to the fact that the international media has focused primarily on these more ‘popular regions’. What makes a better news story then one about a bunch of ‘poor Buddhist monks’ who refuse to defend themselves as a act of faith so they face violent persecution at the hands of the an oppressive Chinese government? Never will you see such media coverage exposing the injustice inflicted upon Muslims unless that injustice is done by ‘so-called Muslim’ or unless they able to paint the conflict as a nationalistic or regional issue rather than an Islamic one, such as we saw recently during the Gaza Holocaust. We have even see within the few news reports regarding the conflict within Xinjiang that the media has tried to make this seem more like an ethnic conflict between the Uighur people and Han Chinese instead of an issue between an oppressive kufr government and the Muslims within China.

    Xinjiang makes up one-sixth of China’s land mass and contains some of the world’s largest oil deposits as well as China’s nuclear test site known as Lop Nor. Knowing that the three most profitable markets that exist today are the Oil, Drug, and Guns market; it becomes easy to see why it is China would keep Xinjiang with such an Iron grip. To let it go would mean to let go of its economic value as well. Thus, Xinjiang is a prize catch for any Imperialistic nation with its abundance in resources and strategic position on the globe. Putting everything else aside, Xinjiang is also home to over 8 million Muslims.

    Xinjiang fell under Chinese control in 1959 through the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) colonialism. Chinese rule brought many new and unwanted changes into the region. The people within the Xinjiang waged Jihad fiseebillah against the Chinese occupation for countless years. These conflicts forced the Chinese empire to allow Xinjiang to establish itself as an independent nation twice after its takeover by the Qing Dynasty. However in 1949 the Peoples Liberation Army marched into China implementing the Iron Fist policies we see still intact within the region today. As a way to prevent a violent uprising like those of the past, the Chinese attempted to indoctrinate ‘Chinese Nationalism’ into the hearts and minds of the Uighur Muslims. Those who adopted the nationalistic ideology soon abandoned it due to the realization that there was no good in being a ‘proud Chinese’ when you were treated as a second class citizen within you indigenous land by the government you were suppose to be proud of being a part of! In the midst of all of this strife from the south of the border of Xinjiang there came a sign of hope. The neighboring country of Afghanistan has abandoned all legislations of kufr and instead had adopted Islamic Shariah (i.e. Islamic law) under the leadership of Caliph Mullah Mujahid Omar. The people within Xinjiang began to understand through the example of their brothers in Afghanistan, that victory can only be achieved going in the way of Allah subhana wa ta’alaa with a pure intention by carrying out a ideological, political, and armed struggle all in pursuit of Allah’s pleasure. This idea manifested into an authentic Islamic Revival within Xinjiang. Steadily the people began to return back to the Aqeedah and methodology of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jammah and many began preparing to wage Jihad fiseebillah against the Chinese occupation which was now growing nervous due to the newly adopted ideology and methodology of the Uighur Muslims. As time went on the tensions grew on dangerous levels between the Uighur Muslim population and the Han (i.e. Chinese) who now occupied the region of Xinjiang. It was then in the early 1990’s Muslims within Xinjiang expressed their disapproval of Chinese rule through protests and often outburst of violence. Soon bus bombings occurred both in Xinjiang and Beijing, assassination of Chinese government officials reached an all time high, the conflict within Xinjiang had become deadly and was manifesting into an all out rebellion. Jihad had come to Xinjiang.

    So we see that the struggle of our brothers and sisters in Xinjiang is not new, but rather dates back all the way to the 1700’s. For 250-plus years our brothers and sisters within Xinjiang have faced persecution and have been forced to live under an oppressive kufr legislation.

    What Is Happening Today & The Outcry from The Muslims in Xinjiang

    As we mentioned in the beginning of this article, starting on June 5th, 2009 violent riots have been staged throughout the region of Xinjiang resulting in the death of over 150 people and over 800 have been injured. It has been claimed that the reason for these riots is that the Muslims within Xinjiang have accused the Chinese government of attempted to ‘destroy their culture’. Without a doubt the Chinese government has attempted to eradicate Islam from Xinjiang. The clear examples being the ban on fasting during the month of Ramadan and various ‘restrictions’ against the religious practice of the Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang.

    As I have stated before in previous articles, it is conflicts such as these that Muslims have little knowledge and almost zero awareness of. Many have chosen to focus mainly on the conflicts within Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and the Caucus. Even though we should be focusing on these areas, it has sadly led to the neglect of our brothers and sisters in regions such as Xinjiang. There must be a balanced awareness and effort being put forth by the Muslim Ummah in order to provide every sort of support for our brothers and sisters in these neglected regions. I reiterate myself in saying that we must create an independent media front with an outlet focused on each Muslim region in the world. With these outlets political analysis, history, constant news updates can be provided so that we as an Ummah can continuously remain aware and knowledgeable about what is taking place within the world in regards to the Ummah. This is not something we can sit around and wait for others to do, but it is the duty of each and every one of you take it upon themselves to become frontline advocates for the resistance against the ‘Ideological war against Islam’.

    JazakAllaahuKhair, Abdullah ‘as-Sayf’ Jones
  19. DhulQarNain

    DhulQarNain براهيم الامزيغي

    Re: The Grim Reality of Xinjiang

    May Allah ('azza wa jal) rescue our Chinese brethren from the tribulations they are in!

  20. Abu'Aaminah

    Abu'Aaminah Well-Known Member

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    Internet, Blogs Solace Oppressed Uighurs

    CAIRO — With a dawn-to-dusk curfew, internet blackout, blocking graphic images of beaten and bloody bodies, bloggers and social-networking websites are giving voice to China's several-million Muslim Uighurs in the face of a massive crackdown.

    "Internet has been disconnected throughout Xinjiang, a sign that the Chinese government has and will murder many more innocent Uighurs," Kekenus Sidik wrote on Facebook.

    "They have confiscated phones, cell phones, computers and any other form of communication devices. They do not want the world to hear the protestors' cries for help."

    At least 156 people were killed and more than 1,000 wounded when police cracked down on a protest by Uighur Muslims in Urumqi, the capital of the Muslim-majority Xinjiang region, earlier this week.

    Thousands of Uighurs went to the streets in protest at China's discrimination as well as cultural and religious controls.

    Exiled Uighur groups have blamed China for the death toll, saying the protests were peaceful until security forces over-reacted and fired indiscriminately at the crowds.

    Several human rights groups have expressed concern over the fate of 1,434 people who were taken into police custody, saying they could be tortured or mistreated.

    As police slapped a dawn-to-dusk curfew, authorities confirmed they cut off Internet access.

    Li Zhi, the top Communist Party official in Urumqi, said Internet access was stopped to reassert control and prevent violence from spreading.

    Beijing has been working fast to remove comments about the violence, or Internet users questioning government policies towards the Muslim region.

    The social-networking website Twitter became inaccessible in China around 3 p.m. local time Monday, according to complaints posted by users on the site.

    Some sites which had posted graphic images of beaten and bloody bodies, taken during or after the protests, had swiftly removed them.


    As furious Han Chinese roamed the streets of Urumqi armed with chains, hammers and steel poles threatening Muslim Uighurs, sympathetic internet savvy youth urged massive worldwide protests in support for the Muslim minority.

    "I want to show my support for the Uighurs, as they are, in my mind, one of the bravest groups in the world today," Harry Bentley-Bales wrote on Facebook.

    A group named "Worldwide Protest in Honor and Support of Uighurs Dying for Freedom" was swiftly formed calling for planned protests over the coming two week in London, Turkey, Canada, Australia and Washington.

    Some lament that the Uighurs' dilemma is not getting enough media attention.

    "I have seen wall-to-wall coverage of Michael Jackson for the past week; meanwhile, at least 150 and perhaps as many as 500 Uighurs in China have been slaughtered, and no one in the media seems to think this is newsworthy," Miriam J. Woods wrote on South Asia Blog.

    "Uighurs have long been silently oppressed by the Chinese government, and the world has paid them no attention whatsoever."

    Xinjiang and its Uighur Muslims, a Turkish-speaking minority of more than eight million, continue to be the subject of massive security crackdowns.

    Muslims accuses the government of settling millions of ethnic Han in their territory with the ultimate goal of obliterating its identity and culture.

    They also cite a recent government plan that has brought the teaching of Mandarin Chinese in Xinjiang schools, replacing their local dialect.

    Beijing views the vast region as an invaluable asset because of its crucial strategic location near Central Asia and its large oil and gas reserves.

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