Back in December 2018, my wife and I were traveling from Indonesia to the United States. It was the happiest day of our lives, second only to our wedding day as her immigrant visa to move to United States was finally approved. Nothing could’ve made it a bad experience for us.
Or so we thought.
We had an 8-hour layover in Beijing, China and we planned to spend much of that time in the international zone just sitting and talking as we waited for our connecting flight. What we didn’t know was what was about to happen at the entry point to the international zone.
As we entered into the queue to scan our passports to enter the zone, some of the other people flying were having trouble scanning their passports on the machine. One guy even allegedly muttered under his breath, “Man, f*** China.”
No one else heard him say this, but that was supposedly the moment one of the guards went absolutely berserk. The guard started ranting out loud saying nonsense about how he has no right to say that and ended with, “You think you can come into our country and say that about China?! No entry to the international zone!”
So this tourist and the woman who was with him were barred from entering the international zone because they spoke ill of China. The woman tried to stay calm and repeatedly asked to speak to someone in charge but got no answer. I was so angry at the sight of this but I was worried that if I said anything I’d make it worse. As I began to go into the international zone I stopped and asked if the woman was okay to which she replied in the negative. I simply told her to be strong and to trust in God’s plan. But there wasn’t much else I could do.
There were a few things I learned that day, though.
I had heard previously that China was oppressing and killing Muslims, especially the Uighurs. Specifically, China forbids fasting in Ramadan, forces Muslim women to marry Chinese men, monitors Uighur homes by placing Chinese agents to live with Muslim families, and even worse, imprisons Muslims in concentration camps where they’re subject to torture, killing, and indoctrination.
With all that China was doing to an innocent Muslim population, I never could grasp why China would do that. Well, when I saw how the Chinese guard became irate over one small utterance of something he considered rude to his country, the answer hit me like a rock: Nationalism. That’s what made this guard feel so offended. And that’s what makes the Chinese government feel so threatened by Islam and Muslims.
Believe it or not, I used to teach English online for a Chinese company that taught Chinese students. And in my experience there, I had seen some traces of this nationalistic influence even in the training stages. But it never really occurred to me that that was what it was until I saw that outburst with my own eyes at the airport in Beijing.
China is a communist nation and became that way in 1946. Communism is a destructive and morally reprehensible system. It’s an economic and political framework where wealth is (theoretically) distributed equally to all citizens. In order to do this, though, communism requires a centralized economy where just about everything is government controlled: Wealth, daily life, infrastructure, and virtually everything else.
It might sound good in theory to have all a nation’s wealth equally distributed, but communism also comes with two very reprehensible requirements: Nationalism and anti-theism. These are two things heavily emphasized in China. You must swear allegiance to the communist party and to your country as if they were gods. The Chinese government aims to indoctrinate this into people because it breeds absolute obedience to the ruling party.
And communism also requires atheism. The father of communism, Karl Marx, maintained that religion is like an opiate for the masses. Capitalist rulers use religion to keep the population sedated while they profit off their labor. In this way, according to Marx, religion is merely a capitalist deception used to trick people into believing their toil has a higher, noble purpose, rather than simply meaningless labor for the sole purpose of enriching the upper economic classes. For this reason, religion must be abolished. This anti-theistic program was more than just theory. Under communist rule, nations like the USSR, China, and Albania massacred millions of Christians and Muslims and destroyed countless churches and mosques throughout the bulk of the 20th century.
Of course, more recently, China has intensified its anti-religion program by focusing on Islam and Uighurs.
China‘s endgame is to be the dominant world superpower. This is also why when this COVID-19 pandemic started there, they felt compelled to deny it by claiming the virus was created by the United States government. Rather than admit its own guilt, China instead tries to salvage its influence in the world by saying they had no role in the creating a pandemic.
And the sad reality is that China is already making headway with its goals of becoming the dominant world superpower. Many countries owe money to China that they cannot repay. As these nations default on their loans to China, China claims control over their national assets. These include highways, airports, infrastructure, etc.
Islam is one of the few things that stands in the way of China’s goals. This is why China feels so compelled to suppress Islam’s influence in China and elsewhere. It is in clear contrast to the nationalistic and anti-theistic ideologies China has worked so hard to spread. And even with the COVID-19 pandemic, China has not let up its oppression of Muslims. Some reports have indicated that China is even harvesting organs of Uighurs to meet the growing demand for medical organ transplants.
So what can we do now that we know this? We need to speak up about China’s oppression of the Uighurs. We need to let the world know that communism is still a big threat that didn’t die out when the Cold War ended. But most importantly, we need to continue and ramp up our efforts to educate people about Islam. We need to ramp our efforts to give dawah by calling the people to Islam. The world needs Islam! Not only is it the truth, it also benefits humanity and is the only way to establish justice throughout the world.
Tarek Al-Ameriki blogs at Dailybitoftruth.com.