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China: A mosque removed by force

Date: 05/01/2012 A.D 11/02/1433 H

Translated by: Manal Samhat

Chinese Huaxi village in Ningxia region was the platform of bloody fights and clashes between the Chinese security forces and the Muslims who gathered trying to prevent the demolition of their mosque after authorities declared their newly built mosque illegal, dispatching a number of security forces to supervise the demolition process…

The Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy that is based in Hong Kong pointed that bloody clashes took place, resulting in a number of deaths and around 80 injured victims, in addition to the arrest of a hundred Muslims by the Chinese Government that is worried from the Islamic activities in the region of a Muslim majority…

Reuters reported that the Chinese Police was armed with teargas, truncheons and knives. A witness said that it is believed that five people were killed; two elderly women, a young man and two people from nearby areas…

The witness clarified that “they [the residents] were just trying to hold a religious activity but the authorities would not allow them. They demolished the mosque and now they have covered the ground with blood.” A small business owner in Tongxin, three kilometers away from the mosque site, said that the village had been sealed off, adding: “It is ridiculous, I am a Muslim and Muslims need a mosque. They are just ordinary people coming together for religious purposes, not to overthrow Communist Party rule…”

China, armed with all the human, political and civilized potentials and capabilities it enjoys, is considered a strong supporter to the causes of the downtrodden and oppressed peoples in the face of injustice and oppressors. Preserving this image of China demands official efforts and devoted work to preserve the diverse nationalities and religious groups in the Chinese society to preserve its humanistic and civilized image, as well as its strength and cohesion to continue to play its demanded international role…

In a related context, we cannot but recall the words of His Eminence, the late Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra), interpreting the following Ayah: “Only he shall visit the mosques of Allah who believes in Allah and the latter day, and keeps up prayer and pays the poor-rate and fears none but Allah…” (09:18)…

This is the human model that fulfills the message of the mosques, realizes their purpose and guides them to the spiritual path that turns them into doors that are open up to the dynamic life through Allah and in His name, forming the basis from which man should set out to work on Allah’s haven in the spiritual atmospheres he hides deep within and which he extracted from the spirituality of faith in the mosque…

The essence of the mosque lies neither in the rigid stones that form its ceiling and walls, nor in its ornamented forms that reflect great artistry and originality. The true essence lies in man who flourishes the mosque with worship that is based on truthful intellect, spiritual feeling and righteous practice; thus, turning the mosque into a base from which man can set out to build life on the basis of the right, strength and justice… 

[(Interpretations) inspired from the Quran, Vol. 11, p:52]

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