Monday, November 2, 2020

Oh well! China removes domes and other religious decorations from mosques as part of clampdown on religion

China is removing domes and other decorative elements from mosques across the country, reports say.

The move is part of a cultural whitewash to suppress the influence of Islam.

The Nanguan Mosque in Yinchuan, capital of Ningxia province, has had its bright green domes and golden minarets removed. 

Images shared online by Christina Scott, the UK's deputy head of mission in China, show that the mosque has been stripped of its colour and decorations. 

The words 'Nanguan Mosque' remain on the building, written in Chinese. 

Ms Scott wrote alongside the photos: 'TripAdvisor suggested the Nanguan Mosque in Yinchuan well worth a visit.

'Only this is what it looks now, after 'renovations.' Domes, minarets, all gone. No visitors allowed either, of course. So depressing.' 

A similar axing of Arab-style domes and elements from mosques is being seen in Linxia, a city known as 'Little Mecca' in the neighbouring Gansu province.

The measures come as state campaigns against religion have escalated since Xi Jinping became General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party. 

China's ruling Communist Party has carried out a widespread clampdown on all religious institutions in recent years.

Relevant directives included bulldozing churches and mosques, barring Tibetan children from Buddhist religious studies and incarcerating more than a million members of Islamic ethnic minorities in the so-called 're-education' camps.