China bans Islamic names like ‘Jihad,’ ‘Saddam,’ ‘Muhammad’

China bans Islamic names like ‘Jihad,’ ‘Saddam,’ ‘Muhammad’

Beijing – China has prohibited parents from choosing names Muslim names like “Muhammad,” “Arafat” and “Jihad” for their children.

Officials described the ban, introduced this month, as part of an effort to “curb religious fervour” in the western region of Xinjiang, home to more than 10 million Uighurs, reports the New York Times.

The government considers Xinjiang a hotbed of Islamic extremism, violence and separatist thought. But many Uighurs say the government’s strict limits on worship and speech are responsible for tensions in the region. The list of names, a copy of which was provided to The New York Times by Uighur activists, is titled, “List of Banned Ethnic Minority Names.” It bans more than two dozen names, including “Mujahid” and “Medina.”

Voice of America adds that Security officials in Urumqi and other cities in Xinjiang confirmed the ban. Some said in interviews that if residents did not comply, they risked forfeiting critical benefits for their children, including education and health care.

Rights advocates said the ban showed the lengths to which the government would go to limit the civil liberties of Uighurs in the name of fighting terrorism.

Delegates from Xinjiang meet in the Xinjiang Hall of the Great Hall of the People on the sideline of the National People's Congress in Beijing, China, Sunday, March 12, 2017. China's ruling Communist Party is hardening its rhetoric about Islam, with top officials making repeated warnings this past week about the specter of global religious extremism seeping into the country. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) ** FILE
Delegates from Xinjiang meet in the Xinjiang Hall of the Great Hall of the People on the sideline of the National People’s Congress in Beijing, China, Sunday, March 12, 2017. China’s ruling Communist Party is hardening its rhetoric about Islam, with top officials making repeated warnings this past week about the specter of global religious extremism seeping into the country. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) ** FILE

“Uighur people have to be cautious if they want to give their children names they are happy with, and at the same time avoid punishment from the government,” said Dilxat Raxit, a spokesman for the World Uyghur Congress, a group in Munich that advocates self-determination for Xinjiang.

“China’s policies are increasingly hostile,” said Dilxat Raxit, a spokesman for the World Uyghur Congress, a group in Munich that advocates self-determination for Xinjiang. “Uighur people have to be cautious if they want to give their children names they are happy with, and at the same time avoid punishment from the government.”

To combat what officials describe as extremism in Xinjiang, the Chinese government has put in place a series of restrictions in recent years. Earlier this month, for example, security officials imposed bans on long beards and veils in public places.NYT

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6 thoughts on “China bans Islamic names like ‘Jihad,’ ‘Saddam,’ ‘Muhammad’

  1. China bans Islamic names like ‘Muhammad’, ‘Fatima’, etc. Growing long beards, using Niqab and some other Islamic symbols are already banned by the communist regime.
    And this, not unlike other atrocities committed against Muslims in China, has not caused any outrage among Pakistanis, who are otherwise ready to set ablaze their own shops and towns in reactions to, if any, similar actions are taken by the West.
    One gets amazed at how successfully the establishment has managed to convert the masses into flocks and herds.
    The communist regime of China is so popular in Pakistan, thanks to the official propaganda, that even Shan Masala needs to feature a Chinese figures in its adverts.
    Criticizing the communist regime is almost considered traitorous in Pakistan. No wonder why China says: “Pakistan is our Israel.”

  2. what will b next step ? Lets imagine what if all muslim countries bans all non Muslim names in to their countries? and ban all of the crap to take advantage of their oil wells? Then what all these non muslim extremist’s will do? If u ppl r in hate with muslim thn ban all of things that belongs to us …. Go for it if u ppl have even minor dare

  3. China, France, UK, list goes on. It’s not easy being Muslim nearly anywhere on this planet. Yet, Islam is still the fastest growing religion in the world.

  4. What a brilliant strategy in the fight against Islamic extremism! In fact they could take it a stage further and demand that all babies be given gentle names, such as the Chinese equivalents of Algernon or Dolly-Butterfly-Cupcake. (Or would that actually DRIVE people to terrorism?

  5. There is no point in you trying to make people feel as if Islam is wonderful, peace loving etc. Most of us have seen enough, heard enough to know that you are full of $h..! I have no tolerance any more, I am tired of it all. Go away and stop pestering people.

  6. How do the Chinese government expect the Yughurs to be pacific and law abiding if they persecute them it does not make sense Religious freedom should not be restricted
    Nor terrorism by both side
    they forget to tell us that Xinajian Province has large reserves of Oil and other Riches that the Beijing government want to exploit without the Yughurs

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