I had meant to post this sooner, but a quick Mid-Autumn Festival vacation trip got in the way. Admin previously provided me with several passages written by ksjqjy, the host of the Minkaohan forum, and I thought I would post some of them which dealt with religion, given the the timely relevance to Ramadan.
This is the first of two posts on religion from ksjqjy of the Minkaohan forum, and though they can’t compare in excitement to baby formula scandals or the ever-popular Western media bias topics, it’s interesting to look at the role of religion in some people’s lives versus others, the connection of said religion with one’s culture, and the subsequent effect this has on the way people perceive the world around them.
Oppose Belief Opportunists: My Thoughts On Modern-Day Uighur Christians
With the rapid expansion of Christianity within China, Xinjiang has also seen an increase in the number of Christians. This is especially true of some Minkaohan who have converted and subsequently caused Minkaohan overall to be viewed as troubled or lost youth by the mainstream. The following are some of my thoughts:
1.) Beliefs are an individual’s prerogative and choice.
2.) The pursuit of true belief is worthy of respect.
3.) Individuals should have a full and deep understanding of one’s belief, as well as of one’s duty/obligation.
4.) The Islamic faith’s existence is facing a series of issues; however, these issues/problems are people-based, not doctrine-based.
5.) Because Christianity is strong today, many people have converted to Christianity. If Islam becomes strong tomorrow, then people may convert to Islam. This is not the pursuit of true belief; rather it is opportunistic belief – using beliefs to obtain profit/benefits.
6.) Islam has already become the core value component in the traditional culture of many ethnicities, including Uighur, as well as others. Abandoning Islam is tantamount to severing the bond with one’s ethnic background. Today it is religion that is abandoned; tomorrow perhaps it is our ethnicity.
7.) Young people usually go through a process of exploration and personal experience when it comes to beliefs. It is their nature to pursue fashion and we shouldn’t pick on them for this. After all, we live in a secular society, not a religious society.
8.) Encourage and respect individual development. Also respect individual growth, value, freedom and rights in people’s pursuit of true belief.
In summary: pursuing real and true belief is respectable, but being a belief opportunist is not.
Added by admin. Original Chinese posts written by ksjqjy is here.