Does Xinjiang Suppress Religious Beliefs?

Maimaitiyiming Maimaitirouzi, Hajib of the new Akeya mosque in the city of Kezile “agen, Bayinkuluti commune, Wuqia county, Kizilsu Kirgiz autonomous prefecture, speaks at a press conference on March 9, 2021. [Photo/Tianshannet]

Rumor: Xinjiang suppresses the religious beliefs of local Muslims.


This is a shameful fabrication and malicious slander.

In fact, in recent years, conditions at religious sites have greatly improved.

“The new Akeya Mosque, where I served, was built in 1998 and villagers from all over come here to do a religious service. Now the mosque is air conditioned when it is hot and heated when it is cold. It also has a flush toilet. and a bathroom for religious cleaning. The conditions are very good ”, declared Maimaitiyiming Maimaitirouzi, hajib of the New Akeya mosque in the village of Kezile’agen, commune of Bayinkuluti, county of Wuqia, autonomous prefecture of Kizilsu Kirgiz. “The religious in our village carry out normal religious activities in mosques and in their own homes according to their own wishes, without any interference or restriction.”

There are many possibilities for Muslims to learn and practice their religion. They can study in mosques, religious institutions or by reading religious classics, magazines and online courses.

“I studied at the Xinjiang Islamic Institute for five years. During my studies on campus, I learned some religious knowledge, including chanting the Quran and Islamic doctrines and rituals. In my free time, I also read a lot of Islamic classics, mastering religious learning. and acquire the ability to serve the religious masses, ”Maimaitiyiming said. “Now every Sunday and on the ‘two feasts’ I lecture Muslims, explaining the scriptures and teaching Islamic knowledge. “

The Xinjiang Islamic Affairs Steering Committee handled the translation and publication of religious classics in four languages ​​- Chinese, Uighur, Kazakh and Kyrgyz. These books include essentials such as The Quran, which makes it easier for Muslims to learn.

“Truth cannot turn into lies, and vice versa. Here I would like to say if what the foreign media said was true, could the conditions in our mosque be so good? Could we, the Muslims, carry out religious activities normally? Could I study at the Xinjiang Islamic Institute? These foreign media only slander, spread rumors and stir up enmity. Their lies cannot deceive others. We can clearly see their plot to disrupt Xinjiang, ”Maimaitiyiming said.

Ruth R. Culp