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China Removes Domes and Minarets of Mosque, UK Diplomat Shares ‘Depressing’ Before-after Photos

China allegedly removed the Arabic-style domes and minarets of Nanguan Mosque in Ningxia province and repainted the building to make it fall in line with the Communist Party of China’s strict stance against the expression of religion. Amid an alleged rise in clampdown on religious minorities in China, the government has been “renovating” mosques in across several provinces to adhere …

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Demand for female imams in China rising

The number of female imams, known locally as ahong, acting as spiritual leaders and teachers for Muslim women, is rising in China, especially in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. They have broken through taboos and barriers and won wide recognition among female believers. After learning doctrines and taking certification exam, more than 80 female imams in Ningxia have been licensed …

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Farrukh Travels Into the Muslim History of China

"A-l h-a-m-d-u l-i-l-l-a-h-i R-a-b-b il-`a-l-a-m-e-e-n." So began the recitation for Jumu`ah (the Friday Prayer). Every letter pronounced meticulously by the imam, self-consciously aware as he led the small congregation of about 20, that he is not a native Arabic speaker. The congregation was fully Chinese, mostly men over 50, but with a handful of youngsters in their early teens. Qinjing …

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Muslims in China- Past and Present Part 2 By :- Ethar El-Katatney

Throughout 1400 years, Muslims in China have gone through many ups and downs, until they reached the state of "harmony" with non-Muslims Chinese. Muslims in China began as traders and soldiers in the 7th century, therefore instilling in the early Muslim settlers a sense of belonging and legitimacy; they were not a burden on the country, but valuable contributors. It …

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The Land of the Pure and True (Muslims in China) By :- Ethar El-Katatney

I got into a rickshaw in Beijing and my 65–year-old wrinkled driver immediately whizzed me through the hutongs — old, narrow alleyways. He looked at me and talked in Chinese. I turned to my guide. "He's asking where you are from." "Aygee," I replied in my broken Chinese — meaning "Egypt." He pointed at my headscarf. "Are you Hindu?" "No! …

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