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Shiekh Muhammad Salih Kashigri a Great Scholar of Turkestan Died in Chinese Prison.

2/1/2018 12:00:00 AM   |      |   

Shiekh Muhammad Salih kashigri a Great scholar of Turkestan, a Quran translator and an author of Islamic books in Uyghur language, passed away on 24 January 2018 in Urumqi the capital of East Turkestan inside the Chinese prison after he and members of his family were arrested by Chinese police for a period of 40 days. Before that he was under house arrest in his house for a period of 13 years.

Shiekh Muhammad Salih kashigri  was born in 1936, he has  written so many books, the most prominent of his work is the translation of the Holy Qur’an in Uyghur language which was printed and published by the King Fahad Complex for Printing the Holy Quran in Madinah.

Sheikh Mohammed Saleh served as Director of the Islamic Institute of Ormachi and Vice-President of the Islamic Society of China. He was also honored by the King of Morocco, the Presidents of Egypt and Kazakhstan.

The Sheikh has been under house arrest since 2005, before being arrested last December; where he spent 40 days in detention until he died. May Allah have mercy on him.

The Association of Muslim Scholars of East Turkestan in Istanbul issued a statement on the death of Sheikh Mohammed Salih, saying: “The news of the arrest of Sheikh Mohammed Salih and members of his family and the death of the Sheikh in his detention center has spread in the social media. It is no secret that Sheikh Mohammed Salih was put under house arrest for many years.

Sheikh Mohammed Salih is considered to be one of the most prominent Eastern Turkistan Muslim scholars of modern times. In addition to the translation the meanings of the Holy Quran that was printed and distributed many times by (The King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Quran in Madinah), despite the Chinese restrictions on religious activities, he had also translated many Islamic books, including "The Biography of the Prophet peace be upon him", "Riyad as-Saliheen", "Al-Qastalani’s explanation of Sahih Bukhari" and others.

He was one of the most prominent scholars who served the East Turkistan Muslims and a well-known personality in the Islamic world. He was honored by King Hassan II of Morocco, former President of Egypt Mohamed Hosni Mubarak, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and others.

Chinese authorities have made East Turkistan an open prison, and have arrested thousands of people and cut off its contact with the outside world. While the Turkestan community abroad can no longer get news of their families freely, rumors of the detention of the sheik and his family in the prison have increases.

The Association of Muslim Scholars of East Turkestan demands the Chinese authorities to immediately release the Sheikh's family and appeals to the Islamic countries, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Muslim World League, the United Nations and international human rights organizations to demand that China clarify the fate of the sheikh and his family, and to press on china by all necessary means in order to release the family.

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