China Bans Islamic Names in Muslim-Majority Xinjiang Province, Forces Installation Of Spyware


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Morning prayers, Beards, Burqa, observing Ramadan - What do you think is common? Well, you might think these have all been part of a Muslim's life and culture for many centuries. But the other thing common about them is all these were banned by China in its western Muslim majority Xinjiang 'autonomous' region over the last many years. 

Now, in another outrageous move to tighten its grip on Muslims in western China, the Chinese government has banned parents from choosing certain Islamic names like “Muhammad” for their children. Chinese officials described the ban on choosing such names as Muhammad, Arafat and Jihad as part of an effort to “curb religious fervour” in the western region of Xinjiang, home to more than 10 million Uighurs, a mostly Muslim minority group.

This move comes right after China introduced a spyware app that had to be installed by all Muslims in the region so the government can 'monitor' them. Reports suggest police were going around checking people's phones to ensure the app was installed. 


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