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",
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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