Monday, November 27, 2006

Islam, Muslims and Arabic language in China

Inside the 1,300-year Great Guangzhou Mosque a.k.a Huaisheng Mosque which is under National Heritage Protection and which I visited with my very kind and charitable friend Xiao Yang, very ancient Arabic and Chinese inscriptions can still clearly be seen. Arabic, Islam's medium of transmission and instruction, is one of the six official languages of the United Nations like the Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

China has 20 million Muslims of different ethnic backgrounds, 30,000 mosques as well as thousands of halal restaurants and grocery shops. Islam was first propogated in China as early as the Tang Dynasty.

Imam Wang of Guangzhou's Huaisheng Mosque

Visiting the ancient Great Mosque of Guangzhou

Elderly Ma Family's Restaurant in Guangzhou City


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