“Basic Information on Activities Involving Religious Extremism (75 Signs of Extremism)” is provided below.
Religious extremism is not a religion, it is what we want to fight against. The religious extremism in Xinjiang is often intertwined with ethnic divisions and violent terrorism. The ultimate goal underlying the distortion of the religious teachings is to create ethnic divi- sions and engage in violent terrorist activities.
If any person in the public sees suspicious people who display the following characteris- tics, they are requested to report them to the police. Everyone’s contribution is required for social stability!
Intellectual goals of religious extremism
- Advocating to divide Xinjiang, establish the “East Turkistan Islamic State” and set up an Islamic administration.
- Resisting and attacking existing policies and regulations. Advocating the orders of the Qur’an as the authority to regulate all social life and blindly excluding and attack- ing things that do not comply with Islamic teachings.
- Excluding those who defend the “idolaters”, isolating the members of the minority party and being against other nations or forcing others to believe in his/her own religion.
- Defending violent terrorist acts, performing “jihad” and encouraging people to perform jihad.
Religious extremism, abnormal activities and their signs
Activities for religious extremism first manifest themselves often as anti-traditional activities, abnormal activities, and signs of opposition to the existing law and political system. The goal is to encourage extremist ideas, and to ensure that they are respected.
- Disliking and insulting patriotic religious people on the grounds that they are provided with state support, not going to the mosque to participate in normal religious activities.
- Discussing Islamic knowledge with religious people who are engaged in normal religious activities and promoting extremist ideas.
- Distorting the history of Xinjiang, not ac- cepting Buddhism and the other religions that are rooted in the history of Xinjiang, excluding other ethnic and religious groups and cultures.
- Insulting the entry-level staff and party (CPC) members on the grounds of “idolatry” and “irreligiousness”, excluding them, re- fusing to “shake hands with, greet, establish relationships with them; visit them when they are sick; and attend their funerals after their death”.
- Young and middle-aged men with long beards who wear short trousers, and wom- en with abayas and veils are people who display religious extremism. These are their general features.
- Where people who drink and smoke sud- denly quit these habits and cut off commu- nications with friends, relatives and even parents who have such habits.
- Secretly helping the relatives of criminals who are detained by the government.
- Encouraging abnormal marriages with the spouse of a person who is murdered or sen- tenced to death.
- Intentionally expanding things that are “halal”, banning smoking and alcohol on the grounds that they are not halal, and boy- cotting the sale of such goods for the same reason.
- Being opposed to modern, traditional and national clothes, music, dance and poetry on the grounds that they do not conform to religion.
- Being opposed to sporting activities such as football, basketball, volleyball, and cul- tural activities such as reading and singing competitions.
- Rejecting the state administration and state subsidies, and damaging the government-is- sued identity cards, marriage certificates and other documents for religious reasons. Refusing to receive and use such documents or damaging them by disposing and burning them.
- Preventing women from going outside for religious reasons and pressuring them to wear religious clothing.
- Denigrating “bilingual” education by pre- venting children from learning Chinese, damaging textbooks, pictures of celebrities and the like.
- Leaving school for religious education.
- Where restaurants and other food and beverage vendors close their shops during Ramadan and service personnel wear reli- gious clothing.
- Abnormally selling houses, lands, goods and other instruments of life and production, suspiciously leaving or attempting to leave the place where the family resides, suddenly deregistering for no reason.
- Storing too much food at home or purchas- ing too much food in a single shopping and engaging in abnormal activities like this.
- Having hidden passages, rooms and tun- nels in the house and courtyards, having rooms with complex structures and the house being in a secluded area away from settlements.
- Many people of the same age who are in- volved in suspicious activities away from normal contact with the outside world, com- ing together, and having more than one bed and bed base.
- Going to provinces, districts, towns and vil- lages to participate in religious activities without a valid reason.
- Suddenly distancing oneself from social life, connecting with people who exhibit mysterious and abnormal behavior, being people who often engage in illegal religious extremism.
- Behaving abnormally in communications between neighbors, strangers and children constantly going in and out of the home se- cretly.
- The sudden disappearance of children from families with strong religious mo- tivations.
- Wearingt-shirts with a star and crescent on it, wearing rings and necklaces, using wal- lets, accessories and phone cases, applying star and crescent stickers to motorcycles and vehicles, and using accessories with the logo of East Turkistan.
- Teaching languages such as Turkish, Urdu, Arabic etc. for cultural promotion and spreading of extreme ideas.
- Gathering the congregation at public plac- es other than mosques (open or closed) for worship, performing the salat and acting as an imam.
- Where the identities of the residents of a house are incompatible with their profes- sions; printing, copying, binding, recording illegal propaganda materials, and having other similar propaganda materials.
- Purchasing and storing dumbbells, barbells, boxing gloves, sleeves and weights and other similar equipment, as well as maps, compasses, telescopes, ropes, tents and other items for no valid reason.
- Purchasing explosive and toxic chemicals such as fireworks, sulfur, phosphorus, ether, potassium permanganate and nitrate with- out any business purposes; purchasing ma- chetes, daggers, spears, crossbows, arrows, utensils and other similar items or devices.
- Purchasing a high amount of pesticides and manufacturing materials such as steel pipes, plugs, etc., as well as matches, oil, timers and remote-control devices.
Extreme religious activities which are generally suspected of being illegal
Extreme religious activities should be prevented as they violate the laws and regulations in the fields of state administration, public security and religious administration, and damage the social administration and the normal social order.
- Not consuming alcohol, smoking, dancing or singing at weddings. Men wearing black belts instead of white belts and women wearing black headscarves instead of white ones at funerals. Making declarations that will reinforce the belief of Islam instead of reading the Qur’an during a burial.
- Trying to destroy national unity by criti- cizing Muslims for not obeying “the pillars of Islam” and non-Muslims for being “polytheists”, creating an extremely religious atmosphere in the region.
- Conducting illegal Qur’an teaching, ser- mon and preaching activities using tele- communications, voice platforms or so- cial chat groups (QQ, WeChat, audio chat rooms, etc.).
- Messaging on mobile phone, reading il- legal religious propaganda materials on social media outlets such as WeChat and recommending illegal propaganda mate- rials to others.
- Where an individual has illegal political religious books and media on him/her or at his/ her home, keeping illegal political, religious e-books, audio and video files on computer or mobile storage media.
- Unlawfully following and disseminating religious radio and TV programs that are broadcasted abroad on the radio and other similar devices, through satellite receivers and the internet.
- Copying and distributing illegal propa- ganda materials to strengthen religious beliefs, such as distributing “a letter from Saudi Arabia”.
- Rejecting the government’s educational propaganda, TV broadcasts (movies and TV programs), being against the aid efforts for the Xinjiang region and the West-East Gas Transmission lines, and blocking access to the household registration system.
- Forcing non-believers to worship or fast.
- To force minors and students to worship, teaching them the Qur’an and forcing them to fast.
- Encouraging or forcing children or other persons to participate in illegal Qur’an learning activities.
- Rejecting the compulsory state education by forcibly separating children from school for the purpose of religious education.
- Carrying out religious activities by gather- ing people in areas which are not intended for religious activities, such as mosques, and in public places without approval, disturbing the order of public places, ig- noring the deterrent rules of the state, and opposing state officials to fulfill their duties according to the law.
- Preaching sermons by implementing the legacy of the “clergyman” for the feudal religious privileges and the system of ex- ploitation to be kept alive, and sending imams to people’s homes to collect reli- gious taxes (zakat) by force.
- Encouraging, organizing or participating in pilgrimages that are not organized by the government.
- Where individuals who are appointed without the permission of patriotic reli- gious organizations, and who do not have a religious education certificate, manage and preside over religious activities and organize religious ceremonies.
- Carrying out religious activities by invit- ing religious education officers from other regions without permission.
- Accepting donations from illegal religious organizations or religious organizations that are located abroad or individuals for purposes of religious activities without permission.
- Participating in various educational pro- grams and meetings of illegal religious organizations, religious organizations that are located abroad and individuals without permission, carrying out religious activi- ties with these people and organizations.
- Building religious sites without permis- sion and registration, restructuring and expanding such sites and reserving other sites for religious activities.
- Building large-scale religious sculptures in open areas outside of those for religious activities without permission.
- Celebrating priests without permission by declaring oneself a preacher and accepting the celebration of religious organizations abroad.
- Creating contradictions and confusion by deliberately fueling the conflicts between different religions and sects or the same sects. (These people should be identified and prevented as they violate the relevant state laws and will likely pose dangers.)
- Marrying by “religious marriage” without obtaining a marriage certificate, divorcing through a “talak” without completing the divorce procedures in accordance with the law, having multiple marriages on the grounds that it is permitted by religion, and being involved in family planning policies.
- Chasing, humiliating or intimidating peo- ple who follow fashion in public places.
- Beating or injuring those who consume alcohol for religious reasons, and dam- aging shops selling tobacco and alcohol, entertainment venues and facilities.
- Damaging the graves of the “three old people”.
- Damaging public facilities, billboards, stealing and damaging the national flag in the mosque, hanging or sticking the “jihad” flag and documents.
- Engaging in provocation through the use of an Uighur hat, women covering their faces, and other sensitive religious issues, and organizing illegal rallies and demon- strations, filing petitions and engaging in other similar activities.
- Hurting the judiciary system by forcibly imposing economic or de facto punish- ments on others against disputes by form- ing “religious courts”.
- Preparing, selling, purchasing, carrying and distributing books optical discs, mul- timedia cards with extreme religious con- tents, and clothing such as “hijab”.
- Uploading text, image, audio or video files to electronic products such as mobile phones and computers that are under tech- nical maintenance or are on offer for sale.
- Logging into and visiting religiously ex- tremist websites that are located abroad, browsing, downloading and distributing books or audio-visual files that promote religious extremism.
- Uploading or sharing ideas and texts, im- ages, audio and video materials including religious extremism on social media, plat- forms and chat groups, personal blogs, Weibo, websites and drives.
- Having text, image, audio and video ma- terials that introduce ideas promoting religious extremism on mobile phones, social media platforms such as WeChat and flash discs, using methods such as MP3, MP4, multimedia card, hard disk, etc., and disseminating them.
- Organizing or participating in illegal Qur’an teaching activities, organizing the viewing of audio-visual materials on top- ics such as “hijrah” and “jihad” or making
propaganda about extreme religious ideas in public spaces.
- Planning and organizing violent terrorist acts such as “jihad” and “hijrah” by learn- ing the techniques for poisoning and ex- plosive preparation through the internet, or sharing websites, audio or video links including terror and violence, using the internet and mobile phone applications.
- Learning how to make poisons and ex- plosives using WeChat and other social media tools.
- Organizing and planning violent terrorist acts such as “jihad” and “hijrah”.
- Organizing extremist religious groups for “hijrah” and participating in them, plan- ning and implementing violent terrorist acts.