May 23, 2020
The following statement is made by the Prime Minister of the East Turkistan Government in Exile:
Assalam and Eid Mubarak!
On behalf of the people of East Turkistan, I want to wish all the Muslims across the world a happy and blessed Eid al Fitr!
This Eid al-Fitr, Muslims across the world are stuck in their homes and prevented from going to mosques to pray Salat al-Fitr [Eid prayer] as a result of China’s coronavirus.
For years, China has banned every aspect of Ramadan and Eid in East Turkistan. East Turkistani Muslims have been prevented from praying not only Salat al Fitr but also Salat al-Jummah (Friday prayers) and their five daily prayers.
During the month of Ramadan, East Turkistani Muslims have been forced to eat pork, drink alcohol, and smoke cigarettes to prove they are not fasting.
Millions of East Turkistani Muslims have been sent to concentration camps, prisons, and slave labor camps while the international community, especially the Muslim world, stood silent.
As Muslims, our deen [religion] requires us to help one another and help the oppressed. Thus, I call on all Muslims across the world to at the very least pray for an end to China’s ruthless occupation and oppression in East Turkistan. I ask you to refrain from enabling China’s oppression in East Turkistan by boycotting goods Made in China.
I ask you to call on your community leaders, religious leaders, and governments to take action to help liberat East Turkistan and its people from Chinese oppression and occupation.
May Allah protect all the people of the world, including the people of East Turkistan from oppression. May Allah soften the hearts of world leaders and give them strength to stand up against China’s oppression in East Turkistan.
May everyone have a blessed Eid al Fitr!