12/03/2019 Xin Lu
Communist regime continues to forcibly “sinicize” mosques, demolishing Islamic symbols and replacing them with Chinese-style structures.
by Xin Lu
In mid-July, a sign reading “Guodian Town Service Center for Party Members and Masses” and communist insignia were displayed above the entrance to a mosque in Guodian town, administered by Xinzheng city in the central province of Henan. A tall pole bearing the national flag has been erected in front of the mosque, completing the new look of the building that is now used as a government agency.
The sign reading “Guodian Town Service Center for Party Members and Masses” was displayed above the entrance to a mosque in Guodian town.
According to a local Muslim, the mosque’s forcible transformation started already in June 2018, when its crescent moon and star symbol and the dome were dismantled on orders by the government. In early July this year, four minarets were also demolished.
The authorities claimed that “the mosque was built in the imitation of foreign models, not in line with China’s national conditions.” They added that as the cross in Christianity, domes on mosques are religious symbols, and they must be dismantled as part of the national policy. After the changes to the building, officials locked the mosque to prevent local Muslims from worshiping in what used to be their mosque.
Mosque disfigured for looking “too Saudi”
The Northern Mosque, located in Bayannur city in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, was regarded as the grandest and most beautiful mosque in the area. In July, new dome and crescent moon ornaments were installed on its roof at the cost of one million RMB (about $ 140,000) donated by local Muslims.
In late September, however, this beautiful mosque was utterly disfigured. According to a government insider, the central inspection team ordered the city government to demolish all Islamic symbols on the roof of the mosque because they “were built in Saudi style,” threatening to fire the city head were the orders not implemented. A few weeks later, all the symbols were gone.
The Northern Mosque before and after its Islamic symbols were taken down from the roof.
“We, common people, donated our hard-earned money to the mosque to build the symbols, but the government demolished them on a whim. It’s totally lawless,” a local Muslim said angrily. “While demanding to hang the national flag and sing the national anthem, the CCP demolishes religious symbols to make people obey and follow the Party. Its goal is to eradicate people’s religious belief.”
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The world’s 1.6 billion Muslims rightly feel very much hurt and feel the pain of their Chinese Muslims brothers and sisters when Mosques get ‘stolen’ and disfigured.
Unfortunately there is silence when the same thing happens to Ahmadiyya Mosques in Pakistan.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosque in Bahawalpur, recently (October 2019) defaced by Pakistani Police !