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    China bans Uyghur Muslims to stay as guests in hotels across the country and will fine those who keep them

    Authorities in the southern province of Guangdong have fined the manager of a hotel in the border city of Shenzhen for breaking a ban on ethnic minority Uyghur guests ahead of the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s five-yearly congress later this month.

    An employee who answered the phone on Monday at the hotel in Shenzhen’s Lo Wu district, near the internal border with Hong Kong, confirmed the fine as reported by RFA.

    The employee said, in a euphemistic reference to the mostly Muslim, Turkic-speaking Uyghur ethnic group.

    “According to rules set by the local police station, we had to pay a fine for accepting a guest from (the Muslim majority region of) Xinjiang,”

    “Security has been much tighter now that it’s the 19th party congress, and there is a ban on people from Xinjiang,” she said, adding that the hotel had been fined 15,000 yuan (U.S. $2,260) for breaking the rule.

    “I know that you can’t generalize about an entire group of people, and that any group has bad people in it, but we are being told [by police] that we can’t have guests from Xinjiang.”

    An employee in a sauna in Shenzhen’s Futian district said all service businesses had been required to demand IDs from customers since late September, as part of new security regulations linked to the 19th Party Congress.

    Read Also: China’s police force will punish Xinjiang Muslims if they don’t voluntarily hand in copies of the Quran, prayer mats and any other religious symbols

    The details would be immediately available to police via a shared database, and police could veto any guests they believed to be a threat, the employee said.

    “They definitely have to register, and we can’t have people from Xinjiang, but Han Chinese from Xinjiang can come in once they have registered,” the employee said.

    An employee who answered the phone at the Dongpu Tianhe branch of the 7Days Inn hotel chain in Guangdong’s provincial capital Guangzhou confirmed the ban was across the hospitality industry.

    “For the time being, we can’t accept Uyghur guests,” the employee said.

    Read Also: China bans ‘extreme’ Islamic baby names among Xinjiang’s Uyghur Muslims

    The ban appears to have been imposed nationwide, with an employee who answered the phone at the Senlin Commercial Hotel in the central city of Zhengzhou, in central China’s Henan province, confirming that similar rules are in force there.

    “Not at the moment … only Han Chinese,” the employee said, when asked if the hotel was accepting Uyghur guests. “This started on National Day [on Oct. 1] and has been that way ever since.”

    “There have been similar requirements in the past, but they weren’t quite as strict as this,” he said.

    ‘Stability maintenance‘

    China’s nationwide “stability maintenance” regime is no stranger to ethnic profiling.

    Last week, Uyghurs in Xinjiang’s Hotan (in Chinese, Hetian) city, said there are now special “green lanes” for Han Chinese drivers to bypass security on roads leading into the city, while Muslim Uyghurs submit to inspections that include ID checks and body searches.

    One Uyghur businessman told RFA’s Uyghur Service that similar checkpoints with separate lanes “are everywhere” leading into Hotan city—the seat of Hotan prefecture, where two deadly attacks took place in Qaraqash (Moyu) county in December 2016 and in Guma (Pishan) county in February this year.

    Beijing blames some Uyghurs for a string of violent attacks and clashes in China in recent years, but critics say the government has exaggerated the threat from the ethnic group, and that repressive domestic policies targeting their religion and culture are responsible for violence that has left hundreds dead since 2009.

    Previously, Tibetans and Uyghurs have been placed on security watchlists when they seek hotel rooms in major Chinese cities during periods of high alert, with staff informing local police stations when they try to check in.

    However, the bans were previously applied more unevenly across the country, with some Han Chinese residents of Xinjiang telling RFA that they have faced similar security restrictions because of their place of residence.

    Meanwhile, authorities in Xinjiang have brought in new security rules restricting the sale of kitchen knives, local residents told RFA.

    “When we buy a knife, we have to register [with our name and ID card number],” a resident of Hotunsumul (Hejing) county, in Xinjiang’s Bayin’gholin Mongol (Bayinguoleng Menggu) Autonomous Prefecture, told RFA. “There is a QR code embossed on every knife now.”

    The new rules began to be introduced “a few months ago,” and are enforced by police, he said.

    Meat vendors at markets in the county, and in neighboring counties in the prefecture, are also gradually having their knives and choppers stamped with identifying codes, according to a post on the local police department’s official WeChat account.

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    University professor and Imam in Makkah passes away straight after prayer

    A Saudi university professor passed away on Wednesday, October 4, a few seconds after concluding Asr prayer in his mosque in Makkah. Inna Lilahi Wa Inna Elayhi Rajeoun.

    Shaykh Dr. Khaled Al-Qurashi, the professor of Da’wa ‘Islamic Call’ and Islamic Culture, was leading prayer in the mosque in Al-`Awali district in Makkah. He was Um Al’Qura University in Makkah.

    Concluding the prayer, he sat to make the remembrance of Allah when he suddenly went on one side and passed away in peace.

    The imam was buried on Thursday after performing funeral prayers in Al-Masjid Al-Haram.

    Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said:

    “The angels keep on asking Allah’s forgiveness for anyone of you, as long as he is at his praying place and he does not pass wind (Hadath). They say, ‘O Allah! Forgive him, O Allah! be Merciful to him.”

    (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

    Last July, Syrian Mu’adhin Abdul Haq al Halabi passed away while waiting to call the adhan for Fajr prayer at a Jeddah mosque.

    Al Halabi, 60, was sitting reciting the Qur’an and passed away with just minutes left before the time of Adhan.

    May Allah have mercy upon our dead, guide us to be busy with such deeds and grant us all such a beautiful ending.

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    Many appalled, yet not surprised, as the deadliest mass shooting in US history, the Las Vegas attack, is not being labelled as terrorism

    At least 59 people have been killed with more than 450 injured by a 64-year-old white American, Stephen Paddock who went on a shooting spree in Las Vegas, USA. After undergoing the assault, he was found to have committed suicide by shooting himself. His home and hotel were found to have more than 40 firearms.

    Yet, after all this, he is still not being labelled as a terrorist, rather as it has been the case for many similar massacres where it’s a white man who is not a Muslim, it’s noted as a lone wolf attack, a mentally sick killer or simply just pure evil.

    Famous figures and other social media users, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, took upon themselves to expose the double standards and hypocrisy of the mass mainstream media and government figures, most notably Donald Trump, at how this event is being treated compared to when the killer is ‘found’ to be a Muslim.

    Every innocent life killed in such a manner should never be accepted regardless of it being in USA, Syria, UK or Yemen. Terrorism is to cause terror to public which leads to bodily harm or death, this is what the Nevada law itself states. Yet, the term is only used when the killer is a Muslim.

    Thoughts with those who have suffered from this tragedy and all other similar tragedies.

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    China’s police force will punish Xinjiang Muslims if they don’t voluntarily hand in copies of the Quran, prayer mats and any other religious symbols

    Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have ordered ethnic minority Muslim families to hand in religious items including prayer mats and copies of the Quran to the authorities, RFA has learned.

    Officials across Xinjiang have been warning neighborhoods and mosques that ethnic minority Uyghur, Kazakh and Kyrgyz Muslims must hand in the items or face harsh punishment if they are found later, sources in the region said.

    A Kazakh source in Altay prefecture, near the border with Kazakhstan told RFA on Wednesday:

    “Officials at village, township and county level are confiscating all Qurans and the special mats used for namaaz [prayer]. Pretty much every household has a Quran, and prayer mats.”

    Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the exile World Uyghur Congress group, said reports have emerged from Kashgar, Hotan and other regions of similar practices starting last week.

    “We received a notification saying that every single ethnic Uyghur must hand in any Islam-related items from their own home, including Qurans, prayers and anything else bearing the symbols of religion,” Raxit said.

    “They have to be handed in voluntarily. If they aren’t handed in, and they are found, then there will be harsh punishments.”

    Raxit said announcements are being made by the police via popular social media platform WeChat.

    “All Qurans and related items must be handed into the authorities, and there are notices to this effect being broadcast via WeChat,” Raxit said.

    “The announcements say that people must hand in any prayer mats of their own accord to the authorities, as well as any religious reading matter, including anything with the Islamic moon and star symbol on it.”

    “They are requiring people to hand in these items of their own accord,” he said.

    Three Illegals

    Earlier this year, Xinjiang authorities began confiscating all Qurans published more than five years ago due to “extremist content,” according to local officials, amid an ongoing campaign against “illegal” religious items owned by mostly Muslim ethnic Uyghur residents.

    The Qurans were appropriated as part of the “Three Illegals and One Item” campaign underway in Xinjiang that bans “illegal” publicity materials, religious activities, and religious teaching, as well as items deemed by authorities to be tools of terrorism—including knives, flammable objects, remote-controlled toys, and objects sporting symbols related to Islam, they said.

    The Kazakh source said that earlier directives calling for the confiscation of Qurans and other religious items hadn’t been effective, and so the authorities are now stepping up the pressure and placing the onus on individual households to hand them in under a compulsory program.

    He said confiscation drives targeting Uyghurs are now also being extended to the country’s ethnic Kazakh population.

    At the same time, any products from neighboring Kazakhstan or bearing the Kazakh language or symbols have also been outlawed, sources said.

    A leaked police notice from Changji prefecture called on local officials to search for any items bearing any writing or symbols linked to Kazakhstan.

    “Any items bearing writing or any other traces of Kazakhstan, including street signs or graffiti, store decorations, arts and crafts items, T-shirts and so on, must immediately be investigated … and a detailed report made to higher authorities by Sept. 25,” the notice, dated Sept. 22, it said.

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    An ex-Christian Greek, aged 36, embraced Islam after being inspired to read the Quran from the infamous Islamophobe Tommy Robinson

    Hatred towards Islam and labelling it to be violent, barbaric and incompatible with the 21st century has become a norm in many societies.

    However, in the midst of all the propegenda towards demonising Islam by the far-rights and xenophobics, those who sincerely read into the religion, they end up embracing the way of life.

    Earlier this year in June, a well-known Islamophobe, an ex-EDL member Tommy Robinson appeared live on British TV channel, ITV’s Good Morning Britain show with a copy of the Qur’an in the English language claiming the book preaches violence and terrorism.

    Photo Credit: Good Morning Britain

    Piers Morgan, the show host blasted Tommy Robinson calling him ‘a bigoted lunatic’, to which Tommy replied ‘have you even read this book, read the Quran and you will find out.’

    Photo Credit: Good Morning Britain

    As it has happened many a time, people did read the Islamic sacred book of God Almighty and one of them was 36-year-old Christos Onassis, a Greek Christian who posted a series of tweets stunningly revealing how he was guided to Islam through Tommy’s show and is now called Abdul Bari Onassis:

    He then tweets about how he has actually read the exact same translation that Tommy had brought with him to the show and it’s what guided him to become a Muslim:

    When Muslim Council of Hong Kong got in touch with Abdul Bari to find out more about his journey to Islam and his future plans, here’s what he said:

    1) What made you become a Muslim?

    “An Islamaphobic person was on British TV saying read this Qur’an, it makes people kill. I read it, and found it was the truth.

    God perfected his religion through the Qur’an. So I became a Muslim.”

    2) What was your life before Islam?

    “Before me coming to Islam, I was a Christian. Us Greeks are manly Christians. We like good food, the odd drink and music.

    Obviously for me now, no more beer, raki & music.”

    3) What’s your plans for the future?

    “I plan to try and learn as much about Islam as possible.”

    4) Any advice for non-Muslims or Islamophobes reading this?

    “My message to Islamophobes is ‘Life is to short to be full of hate. Islam will be around a lot longer after we all long gone.

    Non-Muslims I say read the Qur’an and have an open mind.”

    All praise and thanks belong to Allah how He continues to guide people to His faith despite the continous efforts of those who wish to extinguish it. And thus, Allah says in the Qur’an 61:8:

    “They want to extinguish the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah will perfect His light, although the disbelievers dislike it.”

    May Allah keep him steadfast and enlighten the hearts of others in a similar fashion.

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    Top British Muslim surgeon forgives his Islamophobic attacker who stabbed him in a mosque on his neck from the back

    A top Muslim British surgeon who treated victims of the Manchester Arena bombing has described the moment he was stabbed in the neck as he walked into his mosque in an unprovoked attack police are treating as a hate crime.

    Just hours after the horrific ordeal, Nasser Kurdy, 58, told the Manchester Evening News that he had already forgiven his attacker.

    The consultant orthopaedic surgeon, who works at Wythenshawe Hospital, was stabbed in the back of his neck as he walked into the Islamic Cultural Centre in Hale shortly before 5.50pm on Sunday.

    Unaware the knifeman had fled, Mr Kurdy picked up a chair ready to defend other worshippers at the mosque.

    Video footage from inside the mosque shows how the father-of-three stemmed the bleeding from his own wound before the emergency services arrived.

    He was rushed to Wythenshawe where he was treated by colleagues before being allowed home.

    Speaking from his home in Hale, Mr Kurdy – who treated seriously injured victims of the Manchester Arena bombing immediately after the atrocity – thanked the ‘absolutely brilliant’ emergency services and said:

    “It’s shocking something like this can happen within our community.

    He suffered a three-inch wound to the back of his neck, and says he is lucky not to have been been seriously injured.

    “I was just going to the centre on Sunday evening on my own for mid-afternoon prayers. I was a couple of minutes late and only just entered the grounds when it happened.

    It happened from behind me. I was told later it was a knife in my neck. It was painful. As a surgeon, I could tell immediately none of the vital structures were affected. I just put pressure on my neck. I probably only bled a little bit.

    Looking back I was pragmatic about it because of my profession and my age. We phoned for the police and the ambulance and a lot of the other worshippers at the centre were supporting me. My main concern was that he wasn’t going to come in.

    I think it was a totally non-personal random attack. I was just the person at that time. Waking up this morning, I would say I’m extremely lucky.

    You have major nerves in your neck that work your arm. None have been affected. You have vessels going up to your head. None of those have been affected.

    It could have gone to my lungs. It could have involved nerves along my spine and it could have gone into the neck itself. Thankfully, none of that happened. It was a random attack and if it’s going to end up the way it has then I’m extremely lucky.”

    Endorsing the M.E.N’s #westandtogether campaing which aims to get peace studies into schools, Mr Kurdy added: “I fully support any campaign which brings cohesion and harmony to the community through understanding and participation.”

    He described how colleagues, including his trainee, treated him for about three hours at the hospital, cleaning the wound and stitching it up.

    Revealing he has already forgiven his attacker, he said:

    “I have absolutely no grievance, no hate and no anger or any ill-feeling towards the perpetrator. I’m not angry so I don’t want other people to get angry on my behalf.”

    Forgiveness, showing mercy and compassionate are all core to Islamic teachings and beliefs as Allah (God Almighty) says in many places in the Quran to do just that, such as in 3:134:

    “The believers are those who spend in charity during ease and hardship and who restrain their anger and pardon the people, for Allah loves the doers of good.”

    And Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has reported to have said in the book of Musnad Ahmad 7001:

    “Be merciful to others and you will receive mercy. Forgive others and Allah will forgive you.”

    Married Mr Kurdy, who has two boys, aged 13 and 20, and a girl aged 22, is a UK national of Jordanian and Syrian heritage. He is vice-chair of the Altrincham and Hale Islamic Association which itself is part of the Altrincham Interfaith Group.

    Praising staff at the hospital, where he has worked since 1998, he said: “All the emergency services were absolutely brilliant yesterday and the staff at the hospital were incredible. They were supportive, professional, courteous. To be on the other end of my profession was an eye-opening experience.

    The support I have had from the community has been imense. I have had emails from India, Pakistan and the Middle East, all praying for us.”

    Two men, aged 54 and 32, have been arrested in connection with the attack and were still being quizzed by detectives.

    Trafford council leader Sean Anstee has spoken of his shock at the attack on Dr Kurdy describing it as a “senseless and cowardly attack on a respected member of our community”.

    Coun Anstee continued:”The local community are understandably shocked and concerned by this attack, which happened in an area known for its good community relations and is generally considered very safe.

    “I would like to reassure people of our ongoing discussions and continued work with police, community and religious leaders to review and improve safety in our borough. My thoughts are with Dr Kurdy and his family and we wish him a full and speedy recovery.”

    Coun Anstee has added his voice backing the MEN’s #WeStandTogether campaign.

    He added: ” In the meantime I encourage people to support the ‘We Stand Together’ campaign, launched across Greater Manchester yesterday, which aims to teach all children how to solve problems peacefully, encourage acts of kindness and fight hate crime.”

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    Muslim schoolgirls won case to be allowed to wear headscarves at a Hong Kong’s Evangelical Christian school after the school had forbidden them

    Ling Liang Church E Wun Secondary School, a school in Tung Chung in Hong Kong had forbidden a number of Muslin girl students to wear headscarves at their school.

    Earlier this week, Chinese newspaper Mingpao had reported about the case where four junior secondary school students were asked to go to the discipline room during lessons since they were wearing the Muslim headscarf, the hijab. The involved criticised the unfairness of this case which affected their studies.

    Some of the parents naturally became dissatisfied with the discrimination the school was undertaking and so they reported the case to the Education Bureau. One said:

    ‘The school may have been infringing students on equal access to education, and violating the law of discrimination.’

    The case was then passed onto the Equal Opportunity Commission and one of their newly elected members, Dr. Rizwan Ullah, took it upon himself to tackle this case. He was successful in closing the case with the students given their rights and stating the EOC will keep an eye on the school.

    Muslim Council of Hong Kong got in touch with Dr. Ullah to provide further insight into the matter. He said:

    “I strongly perceive this situation arose due to the school’s lack of training and understanding of cultural and religious needs of students with diverse background.

    This led to to the school being quite firm with it’s values and in the process they neglected the practice of pluralism where you have to accept and respect different cultures, as long as they aren’t a threat to the safety and normality of the society.

    I feel if anyone else in our community is facing such issues, then we are here to serve and make the lives better for the ethnic minority to make sure they are treated with fairness, justice and tolerance.

    We urge anyone who faces such a situation in the future to contact Muslim Council of Hong Kong who will in turn liaise with EOC, specifically myself to handle case by case.”

    It was a student who pointed out that the school forbade the Muslim students to wear headscarves . In light of this, the spokesmen did not mention who is the decision maker and whether students would have been allowed to wear the headscarves on the next school day.

    Parents from the E Wun secondary school sent a letter to the newspaper complaining that the four students from secondary one and two were forbidden to wear headscarves to school, which they were told they had take off during lessons.

    Knowing it is one of the duties for every female Muslim to wear a headscarf, the girls felt shameful due to taking off the headscarves, and they were naturally dissatisfied with being discriminated by the school.

    Bibi and Sulaim, who are both Pakistanis, studying secondary one and two respectively, were the victims. They were not allowed to access to their classrooms since last Thursday, the 14th of September.

    They were asked to sit in the discipline room during the lessons if they didn’t comply with the school’s command.

    They were told if they wore headscarves to school, they will again not be allowed to have lessons. However, this has been nulified as the students have been given the permission under the watchful eyes of EOC to wear their headscarves.

    The students remarked that the school’s discipline teachers said they were not allowed to wear headscarf because E Wun Secondary school is a Christian school.

    They also mentioned that although teachers and even the Principal tend to let them wear headscarfs, the discipline teachers said “the chancellor does not allow.” And the students said it affected their studying when they were called to the discipline room

    Sulaim emphasised that wearing a headscarf is “a part of their religion”, “and this is the instruction of the God”, as wearing a headscarf is the way to identify the identity of a Muslim woman.

    She felt that the way the school had handled the situation has been not that good, as they had to go to the discipline room during lesson times when in fact they had nothing to do there.

    At one point, out of frustration, she exclaimed to the teacher saying, “Why can you follow the rules of your religion, but why can’t we?” The discipline teacher replied, “We do not have an answer.”

    Bibi’s father had a meeting with the school authority and another two parents also got involved last Tuesday. However, the principal only said they were not allowed to wear headscarfs providing no further explanation.

    He mentioned that there was a parent who had complained to the Education Bureau, and he had received the call back from them in which it stated they felt the school is not doing the right thing. The parent made it clear that if the students were still not allowed to wear headscarves to school, he would continue to complain to the EB, and fittingly the complaint went to the Equal Opportunity Commission too

    “We respect the religion of the school. But the school does not respect our religion.”

    Sulaim’s father, Harmon was truly upset with the school’s action. He said he had requested the school by writing a letter to them saying they would allow her daughter to wear a headscarf or else he would change his daughter’s school.

    He wanted the school to use such a letter to prove that her daughter had a need to change a school. But the school rejected the request continuously.

    The sponsoring body of the school is Ling Liang Worldwide Evangelistic Mission Hong Kong Ling Liang Church. The website of the school points out that

    “Ling Liang Worldwide Evangelistic Mission is a Chinese Christian organisation. The purpose is to perform evangelization to the whole world and do good to others by giving education and other social services.”

    The senior lecturer of the Education University of Hong Kong and lawyer, Zhong Yiu Kwong, thinks that the school has violated the law of Racial Discrimination.

    If there are a lot of believers from a particular race or a religion in a school and the school bans the actions required by the religion, this is classified as Indirect Racial Discrimination.

    He also stated that as the school is a subsidized school and the resources are from the government, the school is regulated by the law of human rights.

    “Hong Kong Bill of Rights” has stated clearly that religious discrimination is banned. He suggested parents of any similar affected students should complain to the Equal Opportunities Commission and apply for legal aid to have judicial review against the decision made by any schools. They should also complain to the EDB first.

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    Turkey disinfects 200 Syrian refugee camps as winter approaches and health becomes at risk

    Over 200 refugee camps along the border with Syria have been disinfected against possible outbreak of diseases, Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation official told Anadolu Agency Saturday.

    Turkey is the largest host country of registered refugees with over 3 million Syrian refugees.

    The foundation disinfected a total of 212 camps hosting Syrians.

    Selim Tosun said the foundation had launched the campaign keeping in mind that winter was approaching.

    “The civilians living in tents and small camps are frequently subject to epidemics due to unhealthy conditions, unfortunately.

    Our healthcare team is working and provides camps with health services.”

    Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests.

    Read Also: Turkey’s first lady visiting Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh as the country sending 10,000 tons of aid supplies

    Since then, more than 250,000 people have been killed and in excess of 10 million displaced, according to the UN.

    Muslim Council of Hong Kong in partnership with Green Lane Masjid’s Task Force Team and Human Appeal are fundraising to support 100 Syrian Orphans living in these Turkish camps.

    We aim to help the Orphans with one full year of food aid, clothes, medicine, educational and psychological support.

    Pleade click here to sponsor one Orphan for just £300 (HK$3,000).

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    Morocco’s King Mohammed VI sent food, tents and medicine aid to Rohingya Muslims

    After the active and great help provided by Turkey, we are seeing more countries sending aid to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

    Read: Turkey’s first lady visiting Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh as the country sending 10,000 tons of aid supplies

    On Monday, Morocco dispatched an emergency humanitarian assistance to Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing their country Myanmar as reported by Morocco World News.

    The Moroccan Foreign ministry said the aid was sent upon instruction of King Mohammed VI to alleviate the sufferings of this Muslim minority and support the efforts made by Bangladesh, which is providing shelter to these refugees.

    The Moroccan assistance, consisting of tents, blankets, basic foodstuffs and medicines, will be delivered by military aircraft of the Royal Armed Forces.

    Click here to donate towards Rohingya Crisis Relief Appeal

    In June the monarch took another humanitarian action by giving instructions to send food supply to Qatar following the decision of four Arab countries to cut ties and impose an embargo on the Gulf state, which is depends on food imports.

    “This humanitarian action aims at assissting the efforts of a brother country to face the massive influx of the Muslim minority of the Rohingya, coming from Myanmar,” said the release.

    Read: For Rohingya refugees, alongside Muslim charities, Sikh charity workers providing food aid at Myanmar-Bangladesh border

    According to a senior UN human rights official, Myanmar’s treatment of its Muslim Rohingya minority appears to be a “textbook example” of ethnic cleansing.

    In an address to the UN human rights council in Geneva, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein denounced the “brutal security operation” against the Rohingya in Rakhine state, which he said was “clearly disproportionate” to insurgent attacks carried out last month.

    More than 310,000 people have fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks, with more trapped on the border, amid reports of the burning of villages and extrajudicial killings.

    “I call on the government to end its current cruel military operation, with accountability for all violations that have occurred, and to reverse the pattern of severe and widespread discrimination against the Rohingya population,” Hussein said.

    The latest crackdown against the Muslim minority was triggered on 25 August when a Rohingya insurgent group attacked more than two dozen security sites and killed 12 people.

    Militia groups, local security forces and the Burmese army responded with “clearance operations” that have forced refugees into Bangladesh and left tens of thousands more displaced inside the state.

    Bangladesh’s foreign minister accused the Myanmar government of committing genocide against the Rohingya, while the Dalai Lama, a Nobel peace prize laureate, urged the Burmese forces involved in attacks on the ethnic Muslim minority to “remember Buddha”.

    In Washington, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee said:

    “The United States is deeply troubled by the ongoing crisis in Burma where at least 300,000 people have fled their homes in the wake of attacks on Burmese security posts on 25 August.

    We reiterate our condemnation of those attacks and the ensuing violence.”

    Scores of refugees in Bangladesh have given accounts of arson by Burmese security forces. Human Rights Watch said on Sunday that satellite analysis had shown evidence of fire damage in urban areas populated by Rohingya as well as in isolated villages.

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    For Rohingya refugees, alongside Muslim charities, Sikh charity workers providing food aid at Myanmar-Bangladesh border

    Muslims have naturally been helping the Rohingya. Here we have a heartwarming story of a team of volunteers from a Sikh organisation Khalsa Aid that reached Bangladesh-Myanmar border Sunday night to provide relief to the tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslim families fleeing Myanmar.

    Speaking to The Indian Express over phone, Amarpreet Singh, managing director, Khalsa Aid, India who has reached Teknaf, a border town in Bangladesh where the refugees are living in the camps, said that condition at the border was “miserable to say the least”.

    “It was our first day here today and we did a pre-assessment before launching a major relief operation.

    We had come prepared for providing relief to some 50,000 people, but there are more than three hundred thousand refugees here.

    They are living without water, food, clothes and shelter. They are sitting wherever they can find a corner. It is raining, but people do not have anywhere to go. It is miserable to say the least.

    We will be providing them langar food (community kitchen) and shelter. We are arranging tarpaulins but since the number of refugees have overwhelmingly exceeded our preparations, it can some time to make arrangements.”

    Read Also: Turkey’s first lady visiting Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh as the country sending 10,000 tons of aid supplies

    He added that there were huge camps at Teknaf and each one was crowded beyond its capacity.

    “A camp can accommodate at least 50,000 people but in most of them there are more than one hundred thousand refugees. But we are committed to run langar here (community here) till the crisis is not over.

    The priority is to not let anyone sleep without food. Children are roaming without clothes and begging for food.

    Those who do not get space in camps are sitting along roads in hope of getting food from someone,” he added.

    Read Also: In solidarity with the Rohingya, 16 Hong Kong Muslim organisations and public sent a powerful letter of condemnation to the Myanmar Consulate in Hong Kong

    Another team of Khalsa Aid volunteers is expected to reach the border town Teknaf in coming days to assist in the relief operations, said Amarpreet.

    Khalsa Aid team is now serving langar and water to the refugees.

    “Teknaf is almost 10 hours ride from the capital Dhaka from where we are ferrying all the material needed to prepare langar.

    Connectivity issues and rain are creating hindrances but we are trying our best to provide food to the maximum people at the earliest. The langar will continue here till crisis is not over and refugees continue to reach the border,” he added.

    Jeevanjyot Singh, a Khalsa Aid volunteer from Jammu & Kashmir who is also in Teknaf, said that refugees started from Myanmar by foot almost ten days back and then reached Teknaf through boats. He said,

    “They are in an extremely bad state as of now. They have nowhere to go.

    We have spoken to some families and they have told us that after crossing thick jungles on foot in Myanmar, they crossed border through boats and then resumed journey on foot.

    Most of them have traveled for more than ten days. Since then, children had no food or water. They are in dire need of food and water.”

    Myanmar led by its state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has been rapped by the United Nations for gross human rights violation against the tribe of Rohingya Muslims and as per UN estimates, 2.70 lakh Rohingya Muslims have already fled to Bangladesh and even more are trapped at the border.

    Please donate towards Rohingya Crisis Relief Aid which is hoping to provide short term relief of food, water and clothes while also long term which is to provide sanitation and shelter homes.

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    Xinjiang Muslim man imprisonned for 2 years in China after teaching Islam on WeChat group

    A member of a Muslim minority group has been sentenced to two years in a Chinese prison after forming online discussions groups to teach about Islam.

    Huang Shike was arrested in 2016 in Xinjiang province, three months after he formed a discussion group about Muslim worship on the messaging app WeChat, according to the official website China Judgments Online and reported by the Associated Press.

    Huang, 49, taught about the Quran, Islam’s holy book, in another WeChat discussion group. More than 100 people were members of each group, the website said.

    The discussion groups “disturbed normal religious activity” and violated laws about using the internet to discuss religion, the website said.

    Read Also: China bans ‘extreme’ Islamic baby names among Xinjiang’s Uyghur Muslims

    Chinese authorities have dramatically increased surveillance and police patrols in Xinjiang, fearing the spread of militant Islam which they believe has infiltrated the region from Central Asia.

    Huang is a member of the Hui minority. There are more than 20 million Muslims in China, mainly among Uighur, Hui and other ethnic minorities.

    China’s 10.6 million Hui — descendants of Muslim settlers and Chinese who converted to Islam — have long endured strained relations with the Han, who constitute more than 90 percent of China’s 1.37 billion people.

    Read Also: China bans schools and parents in Muslim province from spreading religion to young people

    Chinese officials have increasingly urged local governments to better assimilate Muslim minorities into Han Chinese culture, as many ethnic policy hard-liners have decried a trend of what they call “Arabization” among Chinese Muslims.

    Such Islamophobic stances are coming against a group of Muslims who are the miniority in the land and wish to hold firm to their orthodox beliefs. It becomes one of the growing factors towards radicals arising from within. And for these people, Allah (God Almighty) says in the Quran 61:8:

    “They want to extinguish the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah will perfect His light, although the disbelievers dislike it.”

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    “As a Buddhist, I condemn the Burmese government alongside the extremists and I stand with the Rohingya,” exclaim a number of Buddhists

    Don’t judge a whole community by the actions of a few. We hear this time and time again in relation to different communities worldwide. The Muslim community is the biggest victim of this.

    Currently, it’s the Buddhist community who is facing the fire as the government, military and local mobs of the Buddhist majority country of Burma been terrorising the Rohingya Muslims.

    Here are Buddhists making a stance against the action of the Burmese government and army.

    And when Dr. Craig Considine, a Muslim Sociologist tweeted this:

    A Buddhist replied with this:

    The Dalai Lama made it crystal clear:

    So yes, the world should not blame all Buddhists for the evil crimes of the few heartless beings, rather account those who are responsible and not be stereotyping – same goes with Muslims and the minute who have gone to the extremes.

    There are bad apples in every basket.

    For those who want to help the Rohingya that have been escaping Burma into Banagldesh, please click here.

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