Islam in China

By Mohamed Saad Kamel

In a mosque close to our residence in the Chinese capital, Beijing, I went to perform Friday prayers to see with my own eyes the beauty of these people. After the end of a prayer, one of the Egyptians told me that Muslims in China should set an example for us because they do not speak Arabic, and despite this, they are regular in their prayers and worship and do so with peace and tranquility in their features, contrary to what the West is promoting, among its lies about the revival of Islam in China.

China accommodates one-fifth of the planet’s population, or 1.5 billion people on a territory that is the third largest in the world. It holds dear the diversity of races, nationalities, and cultures.

There live more than 20 million Muslims, and there are 35,000 mosques supervised by 45,000 imams, most of them Sunnis belong to different minorities, and they have been an important part of China’s history for 13 centuries

Professor Li Jianbao says: Historians agree on the year 651 AD, the second year of the Tang Zhili reign when Caliph Omar Ibn Al-Khattab sent a messenger to Chang’an and established a friendship with the Tang dynasty, and he may have arrived before that due to the close relations between the Arabs and the Chinese, and even Arab documents that speak of information about Chinese ships that arrived in the Arabian Gulf region for trade before the birth of Christ.

The Arabs took the Silk Road for land trade with China and thus transmitted their Islamic faith to those countries, as well as the spice route (marine silk) through the Arabian Gulf and the Indian Ocean.

Islam flourished in China during three periods: the Tang Dynasty until 907 AD.

How can a country that allows the construction of 35,000 mosques supervised by 45,000 imams oppress Islam?!

(Mohamed Saad Kamel is a journalist from Brown Land News. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Huanqiu.com.)