News of ban on Mus­lims in China to ob­serve fast is phony

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES -

ISLAMABAD—A four mem­ber del­e­ga­tion from Pak­istan vis­ited China’s Xin­jiang prov­ince to find out the truth in western me­dia re­ports re­gard­ing ban on civil ser­vants, teach­ers and stu­dents of Mus­lim com­mu­nity from fast­ing dur­ing Ra­madan and found that the re­ports were mis­lead­ing.

The Pak­istani del­e­ga­tion com­prised of Imam Faisal Mosque, Mufti Mis­bah-urRehman, Mufti Ab­dul Salam Jalali, Qari Buzurg Shah and Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Re­search and Ref­er­ence Wing, Min­istry of Re­li­gious Af­fairs Nur Salam Shah. The del­e­ga­tion found that Mus­lims were free to ob­serve fast and per­form other re­li­gious obli­ga­tions.

A mem­ber of the del­e­ga­tion said that there are at least 20,000 mosques in China where con­gre­ga­tions are held for Juma and Eid with­out any re­stric­tion. Ha­lal food pre­scribed by Mus­lim law is also avail­able.

Af­ter their visit to China and wit­ness­ing the re­li­gious free­dom given to the Mus­lim com­mu­nity the del­e­ga­tion said that the news re­gard­ing ban im­posed on teach­ers, stu­dents and civil ser­vants to ob­serve fast dur­ing Ra­madan were false.

Nur Salam Shah said that the del­e­ga­tion paid a visit to Urumqi, cap­i­tal of Xin­jiang. The del­e­ga­tion vis­ited two mosques and an un­der con­struc­tion madrassa funded by the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment. The sys­tem of send­ing Chi­nese Mus­lim to per­form Hajj is also es­tab­lished. The del­e­ga­tion said that the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment is giv­ing at­ten­tion to Mus­lims well be­ing and ex­pressed its sat­is­fac­tion over the rights given by the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment to Mus­lims.—Agen­cies

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