Chinese authorities have detained nearly 1 million Muslims for “re-education.” Detained Uyghur Muslims have been made to eat pork and drink alcohol in the Xinjiang region, an area half the size of India. A US commission called it:“the largest mass incarceration of a minority population in the world today.”
These Chinese internment camps aim to erase the Islamic belief and heritage of the detainees together with rewiring their political ideology. No doubt, these camps, which have rapidly expanded over the past year, spread fear into the larger Muslim population. Markers of extremism included praying at the Mosque other than on Friday, or attending Jumuʿah outside of their village, or having Quranic āyāt on their phones. A former instructor recalled that he saw a group of 20 Uyghur men beaten in the courtyard by guards after they had recently returned from religious education in the middle east.