Chinese Muslims Strengthen Affinity to Middle East

November 29, 2006 § 7 Comments

great mosque xianThat’s right, Chinese Muslims, many Americans probably didn’t realize that there is a population of Chinese Muslims living in communist China. But in fact there are a significant number of Muslims living in China today, roughly 20 Million in total. These Muslims will be able to strengthen their affinity to Islam and the Middle East because the communist and ultimately atheist Chinese Government is beginning to relax its controls over Islam in good-faith to fortify trade and oil business with the Middle-Eastern region.

The “relaxed controls” are warmly welcomed by China’s Muslim population, some of which have been looking to study in the Middle-East. The Muslims of China face an entirely different social condition than that commonly discussed here in the U.S.. However, Chinese Muslims are able to sustain their practice in the face of an atheist government as well as global upheavals that aim to demonize the religion.

Hai, a Chinese Muslim and Islamic gift shop owner, prays at the mosque everyday and would like to learn Arabic fluently. He says,

“Not everyone was like that but my family was, and now more and more people are. Our religion is developing very quickly,” (L. Beck, Reuters; The Washington Post)

In conclusion, it should be noted that Islam has had a presence in China since the Tang Dynasty. As the story goes, a famous sahib named Sa’ad ibn Abi Waqqas of the Qurayshi Banu Zuhrah was sent to present Islam to the Emperor Gaozang. The Emperor realized the parallels between Islam and Confuscious and ordered that the first Mosque be built, and it was completed in 742 C.E. It also should be noted that Chinese Muslims have excelled in Islamic calligraphy which can be seen in the masterful work of Haji Noor Deen, an instructor at Zaytuna Institute.

§ 7 Responses to Chinese Muslims Strengthen Affinity to Middle East

  • Dirty Butter says:

    Interesting information. That’s one thing about old age. I get to learn stuff all over again that I knew some time in the past LOL.

  • Dirty Butter says:

    PS. I still can’t vote for you on BLOG VILLAGE! Did you forget?

  • dawood says:

    Chinese Muslims rock! Not only do they make great food, but there are also a number of interesting works about their thought: “Chinese Gleams of Sufi Light” by Murata & Chittick, as well as “The Dao of Muhammad” by Benite, which document the relationship between Islamic tradition and the majority Confucian social/imperial thought.

    They also have some excellent Kung Fu traditions, which still exist (though are very rare!)

  • Abu Sahajj says:


    The Muslims of China have a rich and suprisingly diverse history, it is an area of study that can take you places you never thought of going with Islam.

    ““Chinese Gleams of Sufi Light” by Murata & Chittick, as well as “The Dao of Muhammad” by Benite”

    Dawood, thank you for the links, Chittick has done a lot of work, that I’m familiar with so I’m sure it is reliable.

    “I still can’t vote for you on BLOG VILLAGE! Did you forget?”

    My apologies DB, I have been working hard behind the scenes on a few things that have over-occupied my time, however, I have resolved the Blog Village issue. I’m glad you enjoyed this post…


  • asSalaam aliekum,
    During the time of slavery in America there was contact between Omar ibn Seid and a Muslim in China. This is documented in my text Five Classic Slave Narratives available at

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    The presentation of Africa, Islam and slavery in the American slave Narratives of Muslim slaves in the Americas is a topic that is often overlooked in discussing the genre of slave narratives and the birth of African American Literature. In fact the first biography was that of a former Maryland slave, Job Ben Solomon, published in 1730 in Britain. By reexamining these often overlooked narratives we can get insight into African Islam, the turmoil of integration into a foreign culture, life in Africa, and life as a slave in the Americas. The primary sources include: the narrative of Job ben Solomon, the two autobiographical pieces of Muhammad Said of Bornu, the Arabic autobiography of ‘Umar ibn Said, the Jamaican narrative of Abu Bakr Said, a discussion of coverage on Bilali Muhammad’s excerpts from the Risalah of Abi Zaid, Theodore Dwight’s articles on the teaching methods of the Serachule teacher slave Lamen Kebe, and a letter describing Salih Bilali.

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  • asalam-o-alikum
    dear sir,
    i like to cotact the chinese muslims both females and males

  • Hakim says:

    wa ‘alaikum as-salaam,

    ” i like to cotact the chinese muslims both females and males”

    Brother, I’m not sure what or why you are asking me this. Perhaps, you should look somewhere else for this.

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