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four smaller yellow five-pointed stars
(arranged in a vertical arc toward the middle of the flag)
the upper hoist-side corner
Eastern Asia, bordering the East
China Sea, Korea Bay, Yellow Sea, and South China Sea, between
North Korea and Vietnam
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9,326,410 sq km
slightly smaller than the US
World Fact Book 2005
The Great Mosque, Xian
For Muslims in China, Ramadan is traditionally a period
of fraternity, solidarity and Islamic charity.
Li Xan is a Chinese student who studies engineering at the
Universidad Del Desarrollo in Chile. He has been living with his
father in Chile for 3 years now. However, he remembers how his
family used to celebrate Ramadan in China. “During Ramadan my
father would get up at 4 o'clock in the morning, and an hour
later he’d arrive at the Mosque of Niujie, in the center of
Beijing, just in time for the Dawn Prayer.”
For Muslims in China, Ramadan is traditionally a period of
fraternity, solidarity and Islamic charity.
“Every day in Ramadan, we attended all the five prayers at the
mosque. My father’s friends understood our commitment, and when
he was occupied with a lot of work they would help him to do it
so that he could be punctual for Prayers”, Li explained.
Li is among more than 20 million Chinese Muslims that live by
Ramadan’s obligations, continuing strictly the Islamic
doctrines, praying five times a day in mosques and abstaining
from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk.
According to the Islamic association of China, Chinese Muslims
have convenient access to prayer services as there are more than
34.000 mosques throughout the country.
”Since the foundation of the Peoples Republic of China in 1949,
the rights and religious liberty of the Muslims have been
protected by the constitution and the law”, he states.
The Niujie Mosque, built in 996, and that of Dongsi, 500 years
old, are the two most two famous mosques in the capital. The
Niujie Mosque is an important center
for Islamic studies and operates a Qur’an school. During the
last 50 years, the government has assigned, on numerous
occasions, special funds for the repair of these buildings
because of their historical importance.
Beijing has over 900 Muslim restaurants and food stores. Some
supermarkets sell food especially for followers of Islam.
“Thanks to the social stability and the fast economic growth of
the country, Chinese Muslims enjoy a peaceful Ramadan. Many
Muslims share traditional food with their neighbors, and
distribute gifts to poorer Muslims,” noted Hang Xian a 61 year
old Chinese Muslim trader.
Wherever you are, Ramadan is undoubtedly a most special month.
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Sunday, January 21, 2007
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