Communism as a political thought was, in the words of Karl Marx, a natural consequence of socialism. Such concepts produce a plethora of passionate personalities, fighting for justice, uniting the working class, and resisting the attempts by the bourgeoisie in forcing them into subordination and poverty; all seemingly very righteous for a cause. However, modern day communism may not be as such.
An example is the restive province of Xinjiang, north western China where the Guardian reported that 11 people were killed, including 9 attackers, after they attacked a local government police station, armed with knives and axes. The Chinese government claims that such attacks demonstrate the growing influence of al-Qaida. The province of Xinjiang mainly consists of ethnic Muslim populations, including the Uyghur people. The accusation that these groups are al-Qaida affiliates is an easy polemical evasion to cover-up a series of human rights abuses which take place against the province’s Chinese Muslim population.
Human rights activists have previously reported on the horrors faced by Chinese Muslims peacefully fulfilling the ritual aspects of their religion, such as prayers, fasting and so forth. Instead of protecting their citizens of China, ironically prefixed with ‘People’s Republic’, and allowing them to peacefully worship God, the authorities act to minimize public and private acts of devotion and worship. In the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the authorities were reported to have force-fed those ‘accused’ of fasting, claiming that they were acting in their interest and seeing to their well-being.
The Guardian report briefly makes mention of how the Chinese Muslims are consistently, socially, economically and politically marginalized by the authorities. The Uyghurs are particularly upset due to the government’s restrictions on freedom of religion; such restrictions also apply to the faithful Christian population.
It would be self-denial to say that there weren’t other countries other than China which oppress their own citizens who happen to be a minority, but Muslims should always remember that justice is something inherent in their religion. As the prophetic tradition relates the words of God whilst addressing the faithful, ‘Oh my slaves, I have forbidden oppression for myself, and have made it forbidden amongst you, so do not oppress one another’.