Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tajikistan: Children’s participation in Christian worship and other religious activities will be banned “once Ramadan is over”

It makes me angry that Muslims are preventing my Tajikistani brethren in Christ from worshipping during their stupid month of fasting. In Bangladesh and in other countries, they're making my brethren in Christ, as well as all other non-Muslims, fast along with the Muslims; in Tajikistan they're going so far as to prevent worship of other religious groups. They're doing it so that Muslims wouldn't "be offended." Ramadan really bring out the worst of Muslims living in Majority Muslim countries.

8/16/2011 Tajikistan (Forum 18 News Service) – Although the highly controversial Law on Parental Responsibility for Education and Upbringing of Children has entered into force, state Religious Affairs officials have failed to explain to religious communities how its near-complete ban on children's participation in religious activity will be enforced. The head of the government's Religious Affairs Committee, Abdurahim Holikov, has been travelling around Tajikistan to explain the new Law to imams, together with the government-backed head of the Islamic Centre Saimukarram Abdukodirzoda, but what they said remains unclear. Several Christian communities tried to find out from the Committee at a 12 August meeting.

"Officials explained that the Law exists, but didn't explain how it will be put into practice," one Catholic told Forum 18 News Service. Hikmatullo Sayfullozoda of the Islamic Renaissance Party told Forum 18 he had heard that "the President gave a verbal instruction to local administrations not to touch people during [the Muslim holy month of] Ramadan". Sayfullozoda fears that the authorities will act once Ramadan is over at the end of August(Source).

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