The most populated country in the world, China is a collection of different dialects and topographical extremes. Such features make the country look like there are several different countries rolled into one. Being a diverse nation, China’s Linxia City belong to the majority of Chinese-speaking Muslims or ‘Hui Muslims’ who have been living there for centuries. Well, according to sources, Hui Muslims and Han populations form almost equal proportions of the population in the Linxia City or popularly known as Little Mecca.
Little Mecca has been a spot in China where Islamic culture has such an intense impact that the Hui Muslims represents almost 51 percent of the population. The ethnic Muslims majority has enjoyed a haven of extensive religious freedom over the years. However, after living in the area for centuries, the Muslim-majority of Little Mecca is now facing the fear from the Chinese government and the reason is quite appalling.
Apparently, it seems like the Chinese government is suppressing the Muslim-majority in the Little Mecca region in a bid to mangle the potential separatist movements. This has made the locals fear that the Communist Party is trying to eradicate the Islamic religion from the country with the implementations of forceful regulations on the religious practices.
Incidentally, China governs the area of Xinjiang, yet another Muslim majority region. But there is strict management in the area to eradicate the ‘religious extremism’ and ‘separatism’. Interestingly, “re-education camps” have been formed in China’s Xinjiang area to implement minor breaches. Hui Muslims from Little Mecca fear the similar control and surveillance.
An anonymous senior Imam from Little Mecca said:
“We are scared, very scared. Frankly, I am afraid they’re going to implement the Xinjiang model here. These days children are not allowed to believe in religion, but only in Communism and the Party.”
Well, certain rules have already been executed with the mosques instructed to display the national flags on the top and removal of the loudspeakers from 355 mosques in order to reduce ‘noise pollution’. Moreover, local authorities have strictly curtailed the number of students over the age of 16 who are officially allowed to study in each mosque and even limited the certification processes for the new Imams.
Take a look at some of the Twitter reactions on the incident:
Wow!! #China has the real 56″ chest govt!!@narendramodi ji, learn at least something from the #chinese & how that govt strives to protect its indigenous faith, culture, & people..
Only Indian govt dances around its minorities while neglecting its majorityhttps://t.co/hhHe5exQz8
— समीर: देसाई (@vijayadhwaja) July 16, 2018
Muslims living in China’s ‘little Mecca’ allege conspiracy to deliberately eradicate Islam https://t.co/Rr5wBDp3Ml
Guess we need this urgently in Porkistan to cut away the terrorist hubs there.
— Jai Maa Bharathi (@ArunrBits) July 17, 2018
It’s very sad!
Isn’t it very, very sad? “Muslims in China`s `Little Mecca` fear eradication of Islam” https://t.co/q3sMga0sxE
— Rahman Ariffin 🇲🇾 (@ManPin) July 16, 2018
We can help!
5 ways you can help 12 million besieged Uyghur Muslims:
1. Boycott Chinese made products.
2. Spread awareness about East Turkistan.
3. Protect Uyghurs living in your area.
4. Hold peaceful demonstrations.
5. Ask your government to pressure China.https://t.co/qMhQ6HT6Gf
— CJ Werleman (@cjwerleman) July 17, 2018
This is extreme!
They put the parents and the children in separate concentration camps. This is the family separation scandal ramped up about 4 to 5 orders of magnitude. https://t.co/Q1lchOItF5
— Han Baoyu (韩宝玉) (@daokedao1234) July 17, 2018