Jump to content
JWTalk - Jehovah's Witnesses Online Community

F18News: TURKMENISTAN: In Ramadan, Muslims fear "extremism" accusations

We lock topics that are over 365 days old, and the last reply made in this topic was 1390 days ago. If you want to discuss this subject, we prefer that you start a new topic.

Recommended Posts

Tuesday 28 May 2019

TURKMENISTAN: In Ramadan, Muslims fear "extremism" accusations


Muslims increasingly fear being branded "extremists" if they visibly fast

or mark Ramadan. Turkmenistan has jailed numerous Muslims on vague

"extremism" accusations, including to punish them for meetings to study

their faith.


One Muslim stopped going to mosque after police summoned him.

"Who is more important, Allah or the President?" an officer asked him.


TURKMENISTAN: In Ramadan, Muslims fear "extremism" accusations


By Felix Corley, Forum 18


An increasing number of Muslims feel forced not to mark the Muslim holy

month of Ramadan visibly, as they fear being branded "extremists", local

people told Radio Free Europe's Turkmen Service. Some therefore choose not

to fast, while those that do often try to keep it secret.


Turkmenistan has jailed numerous Muslims on vague accusations that they are "extremists", including to punish them for meeting with others to study

their faith. Trials often take place in secret and, once jailed, many prisoners have no contact with relatives. Many such prisoners are tortured

(see below).







Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk



Link to comment
Share on other sites

Yes, I can imagine that. Of all the Central Asian countries, Turkmenistan has the scariest folks in power. Even I, as a Central Asian, would be scared to visit it as a tourist. I don't know how our brothers are surviving there. Life is tough in many ways in that desert country. 


In contrast, Uzbekistan, which until recently was the number one scariest country in the region, is opening up. This year, our brothers there were even able to hold memorial meetings openly for the first time in many years. 


Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.

About JWTalk.net - Jehovah's Witnesses Online Community

Since 2006, JWTalk has proved to be a well-moderated online community for real Jehovah's Witnesses on the web. However, our community is not an official website of Jehovah's Witnesses. It is not endorsed, sponsored, or maintained by any legal entity used by Jehovah's Witnesses. We are a pro-JW community maintained by brothers and sisters around the world. We expect all community members to be active publishers in their congregations, therefore, please do not apply for membership if you are not currently one of Jehovah's Witnesses.

  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.

JWTalk 22.12.4 (changelog)