Where is the oneness in our Ummah if we are allowing our brothers and sisters to go through this torture? We are all holding onto the rope of Allah. We are all ONE.
“The believers in their mutual kindness, compassion and sympathy are just like one body. When one of the limbs suffers, the whole body responds to it with wakefulness and fever”. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
These are our brothers and sisters and they are hurting! Millions of Uyghur Muslims are being forced to live in concentration camps the size of a football stadium (around 400 of them in total). Forced to live on 400/500 calories a day. Tortured in interrogation rooms for 20-40 hours and forced to sign documents saying that they have committed crimes that they haven’t. Men and Woman are being raped. Women are given injections to stop their periods and it’s forcing them into a zombie like state where they hardly even know what’s going on. 30/60 inmates are living in one cell so small that if half want to sleep the other half have to stand. Uyghur women are forced to marry Han Chinese men. They are not allowed to pray, say Allah’s name, fast in Ramadan, they are forced to eat pork and drink alcohol and are forced to worship president Xi Jinping as their God! Astaghfirullah! What is their crime? Why are they in these camps?… For being Muslim or culturally Muslim.
I say culturally Muslim because some of the detainees have never prayed a day in their lives or even believe in God but they say things like asalam alaykum because it’s ingrained in their culture. The news publicise that around 2 million Uyghurs have died in these camps, but they organizations run by the Uyghur people are estimating 4-5 million. But it’s very hard to know as a lot of the Uyghurs are not allowed passports and there are crematoriums in the concentration camps themselves. The Chinese government has very proudly declared that they have sent roughly 8 million Uyghurs through these camps when the Uyghur population is only 20-33 million.
I was listening to an Uyghur girl here in the UK do a talk recently and she was saying that her Dad is living in one of these camps for teaching Islamic studies and her 80 year old grandma and all her uncles are in them also. Sentenced for life. Imagine knowing that your family are going to be tortured until death for just being Muslim. As Muslims it is our duty to speak the truth and stand up for those that are oppressed! We need to do more!
Below I’ve bullet pointed things that we can do to help:
- Attend demonstrations! We have one in London on the 5th of every month! (covid permitting)
- Offer Financial support to Uyghur Muslim charities to keep the activism on going.
- Write to your MPs! Especially if you live in a Muslim country! We need more Muslim countries to stand against China and not with them!
- Keep the Uyghur Muslims in your Duas.
- Boycott and write to brands that are using Uyghur forced labour in their factories and advocating for the camps to remain.
Attend demonstrations in London: https://uyghursolidarityuk.org/news/
Brands linked to Uyghur Forced Labour: https://uyghursolidarityuk.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/forced-labour-brands-leaflet-final-for-a4-printing.pdf
Places to get more info: Radio Free Asia, Uyghur Human Rights project, World Uyghur Congress and Talk East Turkistan.