Islam grows in Red China
Web posted at: 11/9/2006 7:40:48
Source ::: The Peninsula

DOHA . Islam is flourishing under liberal Communist China. The religion 
is fast spreading in the red turf, said a visiting Chinese team.

Mowlana Rozy, who, is a member of six member Chinese interpreters 
arrived here as the Asian Games volunteers for Q-Post, told The 
Peninsula yesterday that China is witnessing an Islamic resurgence.

"Islam is enjoying all sorts of freedom under the communist regime. 
China is also promoting Arabic language through various universities", 
he said.

Across China, there are over 30 million Muslims. The North-Western part 
of China has the maximum number of Muslim population. With over 14 
million Muslims, Xing Yang province has the distinction of being home to 
the largest Muslim community in China. There are several private schools 
teaching Islamic doctrines and Arabic language across the North-Western 
provinces, Rozy said.

Ningxia, Gansun and Qinghai are the provinces where the large Muslim 
community has its larger presence. In Ningxia 3000 students are 
undergoing training to become Imams. Another 5,000 are studying Arabic 
or Islamic doctrines.

"China has no State religion. It has 56 minority communities, 66 
different languages and many religions. There is virtually no 
restriction on the freedom of belief in China. Citizens are free to 
choose their religion. People are also free to embrace the religion of 
their choice", Rozy said.

As a Muslim, Rozy is grateful to his country. For, the government has 
relaxed its family planning programme for the Muslim community. While, 
China has directed the families of majority community not to have more 
than one child, the government has permitted Muslim couple to have two 

Economic reforms in China have also led to increased trade with Middle 
East sparking an enormous demand for interpreters and translators. This 
has led more students opting for Arabic language courses.

All the team members, except one, are Muslims and all are fluent in Arabic.


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