Muslims cutting up rough in China, this won’t end well for them

The Chinese won’t be taking this lightly.

The Muslims will find the Chinese government is a whole lot less tolerant of them and their beliefs.

A proposed burqa ban in the capital city of Xinjiang province could spark further unrest in the troubled region, experts warn.

The Urumqi People’s Congress Standing Committee voted yesterday in favour of banning people from wearing the garment in public, the local news website reported.

The proposal must now be reviewed by the regional People’s Congress Standing Committee before it is implemented, though the report – later deleted from the site – did not specify when this would happen.

The burqa, a garment worn by Muslim woman to cover themselves from head-to-toe, is considered a symbol of religious extremism by the local authorities.    

“Burqas are not a traditional Muslim garment in Xinjiang,” said Jiang Zhaoyong, a Beijing-based expert on ethnic affairs. “The ban has been issued following public security concerns. Some people are wearing it not because of their religion, but to act out their resentments against society.”

Beijing blames religious extremists for a series of attacks that have killed hundreds of people in Xinjiang over the past few years.

Xinjiang launched a “beautifying project” in 2011 to discourage women from covering their faces and wearing the burqa. Several campaigns against producing, selling or wearing the garments have been mounted by county and district-level governments in the province.

Last month, Xinjiang said it would ban the practice of religion in government workplaces, public schools and state-owned enterprises from next year.

People will also be prohibited from forcing others to wear clothes or logos associated with religious extremism.

Uygurs have traditionally followed a moderate form of Islam, but many, especially in the impoverished southern Xinjiang areas, have begun adopting practices, such as the wearing of full-face veils, that are more common to the Persian Gulf.



– South China Morning Post


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  • dgrogan

    I was just saying in jest the other day, “Just as well the Chinese aren’t Muslim, otherwise we in the West would really be in trouble.”
    Turns out that mostly Sunni Muslims live all across China, 2% of a population of 1.357 billion according to estimates.

  • El Diablo

    The Chinese will have seen what a disaster Islam has been to the West and won’t want to weaken their own society in the same way.

    • conwaycaptain

      Their 2% are native Chinese of various ethnicities. In the West they are imports from old colonies bought in as cheap labour and have not assimilated

  • Well given this a bit of time to percolate through the neurons, but for once i’m hoping the Chinese government acts with its usual ruthlessness in this regard. I can only cringe at the idea of extremist Muslims in control of our economy’s energy (the middle east), historical intellectual centre (Europe) & the production powerhouse (China), if they have those 3 and combine them to their stated objective, then the world is screwed.

  • KinaRolf

    It is actually a bit more than that. First remember that there is a small group in Xingjian who want to establish an Islamic State in China, IS, under the same principles and with the same methods as in Iraq and Syria. Burqas as a disguise is their best friend. A man can easily conceal a bomb, or automatic weapon, use it, or simply transport it that way. On the more amusing side, teenagers have used it to conceal their identity and age to buy strong liquor. A Muslim woman in Australia went public accusing a polis officer of molesting her at a traffic check. The police let her carry on for a while, and then they published the video from the police car, which she did not know about, which showed a very correct and polite policeman.

  • david

    The Uygurs of Xinjiang “Autonomous Region” are the original inhabitants, and used to be by far the majority. During Mao’s time Han Chinese were persuaded to move there and now are in the majority at least in the provincial capital Urumqi. All the important positions are reserved for Han, although the bureaucracy contains a token number of Uygurs. Consequently there has been unrest for a long time that is racially rather than religiously based. However I am not surprised to hear that it has developed IS overtones. Just like in Syria, the presence of muslim extremists seems opportunistic.

    • MaryLou

      Sounds a bit like Tibet? I guess maybe they see ISIS as an opportunity for freedom?

      Would be interesting to know how thorough their knowledge of ISIS beliefs and practices really is

      • david

        Well a bit like Tibet. Also Inner Mongolia. I doubt if the people I knew in Urumqi would have anything to do with IS, their concerns were nationalistic, but unfortunately some would welcome help from outside without asking too many questions.

        • Mikex

          We were visiting there and it happend to be nearing China’s National day, the Chinese army put on a very big and scary display with hundreds of troops marching behind amoured cars through the main streets. Obviously a message to the locals that they are not too far from Beijing and forget any ideas of playing up.

  • Benoni

    I think the West will learn how easily the Islamists are defeated if they only would take them seriously like the Chinese do.