PRESS RELEASE: UYGHUR MUSLIMSAnas Hossain
Nearly one million Uyghur Muslims have been reported as being held in “re-education camps” in Xinjiang, China. Muslims are systematically being persecuted and imprisoned, with regular reports of sexual abuse, starvation, brainwashing, forced sterilisation, forced labour and separation of Uyghur children from their families.
Uyghurs are labelled as extremists for wearing a headscarf or veil, having a beard, or refusing to watch state television. Statements from Uyghurs have also reported forced drinking of alcohol to Muslims and smoking; refusal can lead to 10 years in prison.
Uyghur homes, cemeteries and mosques have been demolished as part of the effort to wipe out any signs of the Islamic identity. The aim is to systematically deny the Uyghur people the right to practice Islam.
Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre unequivocally stands with the Uyghur Muslims and we join others around the world in protesting against their genocide by the Chinese Communist Party.
Imam Mustafa Abu Rayyan of Green Lane Masjid addressed the topic in the Friday khutba (prayer sermon) this week that was delivered to thousands of attendees at the mosque. He highlighted the importance of people educating themselves, getting involved and raising awareness of the situation . Click here to view the recording.
Mohammed Saeed, Chair of Trustees commented:
“We thank all those that have spoken out and worked tirelessly for the betterment of Uyghur Muslims. Fighting against such genocides and wars should be applicable regardless of land, culture or religion. The UK parliament had declared China to be perpetrating “crimes against humanity and genocide” against Uyghur Muslims and ethnic minorities back in April 2021. Green Lane Masjid now urges the UK government to increase its efforts in eradicating this continuing genocide.”
Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre
20 Green Lane
Birmingham, B9 5DB
Tel: 0121 713 0080
Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre is a leading UK mosque situated in the heart of Birmingham serving the community since 1979. Operating from its award-winning grade II listed Victorian building, GLMCC fulfils its mission of inspiring, educating and serving through its educational college, outreach work, welfare services, international humanitarian wing, as well as its fully functional mosque, which is attended by thousands every week.
For more information about our work and services visit: www.greenlanemasjid.org
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