CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 15 September 2018

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Islamic institution calls on China to lift restrictions on Muslims during Ramadan

Cairo (Agencies): “Al-Azhar and its grand imam, Ahmed Al-Tayeb condemn the Chinese authorities’ ban on Muslims from fasting and practicing their religious rituals during Ramadan in some parts of the western Xinjiang region,” said a statement from the Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt.

The AsiaNews agency reported that Islam’s leading seat of learning called on the government in Beijing to allow the province’s Muslim community to observe the fast and participate in religious activities during the holy month of Ramadan

Almost nine million out of Xinjiang’s population of 22 million people, are indigenous Muslim Uyghurs. 

The website, arabnews.com reported that civil servants, students and teachers were banned from fasting and restaurants ordered to remain open during Ramadan, which began on June 18.

The statement said, “Al-Azhar rejects all forms of oppression practiced against Uyghur Muslims in China that affect their religious rights and personal freedoms.” It also called on the international community, the United Nations and human rights groups to help end these violations.

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