China, led by the Communist Party, has over 40,000 mosques in 2010. This number increased from the previous year 5000 mosques. So says the Vice Chairman of the Islamic Association of China, Guo Chengzhen.
"We estimate there are 40,000 mosques in China," says Guo who was accompanied by Mustafa Yang Zhibo, vice chairman of the association, when receiving the visit of the journalists Indonesia and Malaysia, in Beijing on Wednesday.
Latest statistical data is still in process but in 2009 alone as many as 35,000 mosques have been built, he said. Along with economic growth, especially in Muslim-majority provinces such as Xinjiang and Ningxia, as well as existing provincial Muslim population, the number of mosques in China continues to grow.
"The construction of mosques financed by the public but the communist government of China to provide subsidies or grants," said Guo.
The Chinese government began to promote economic development in the province of the western part of the country, where majority of Muslims live. They envied in the Eastern province which experienced rapid development and growth, added Mustafa.
In addition, the communist government of China, also encourage Muslims living in the west to move to the provinces which pembangunanya rapidly in the eastern part. "Various convenience to work or open businesses and restaurants are given," said Mustafa.
For example, in Shenzen province, eastern China, there are Muslims 6000-7000. In Yiwu city, Zhe Jiang province, there is also a large mosque. The number of mosques and 45,000 imams were in China can meet the needs of Muslim worship in China, amounting to some 23 million people, and counting.
"We do not want the construction of mosques increases over the needs of Muslims here," said Guo. In China also there are 10 Islamic educational institutes, among them the Institute of Islam in Xinjiang, in Zhenzou, in some cities as well as Ningxia and other provinces.
The Chinese government, claiming, great respect for the religion of its citizens. For example, the Muslim majority provinces such as Xinjiang and Ningxia autonomous rights granted since 1958. Even on Eid al-Adha also, Xinjiang province dismiss the government offices for three days and four days Ningxia provinces.
Hajj and Eid al-Adha Islamic ceremony
Each year, millions of Muslims around the world pilgrimage to Mecca, the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad to celebrate the pilgrimage. Countries of Saudi Arabia (Saudi Arabia) expected to be approximately 300 million people took part in the pilgrimage to Mecca that every Muslim at least once in this life. Calculated according to the Islamic lunar calendar, the ceremony will be held after Eid al-Adha Hajj (sacrifice) which lasted for three days, prepare to mark Mr. Abraham to sacrifice his son for God. In the following gallery pilgrimage rituals in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, as well as the Hajj rituals and Eid al-Adha Muslims in other parts of the world to prepare the image.
a Muslim pilgrims pray while sitting on the visit to the mountain Hiraa Noor, the outskirts of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, February 11, 2011 the cave. According to legend, the prophet Muhammad received the first message to his mission is to spread Islam, and he prayed in the cave.
Muslim pilgrims climb the plain of Arafat near Mecca called Guanyin Mountain, Saudi Arabia, November 5, 2011,
thousands of Muslim temples around the day room (center) is located within the movement in Mecca Holy Temple, March 11, 2011
tens of thousands of Muslim holy items within the Grand Mosque, Mecca, April 11, 2011
Maijiashijia city clock tower in the sky around the temple in the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the Kaaba Temple walk in pilgrimage rituals occur each year Muslims, July 11, 2011
uslims standing mobile, and then continue lined up to celebrate the pilgrimage to Mecca after the Jeddah Airport ? ? ? ? ?? number of procedures on October 30.
one thousand days around the temple room (center) move is Holy Mosques in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, November 3, 2011 at the Grand Mosque
a security is to look at the monitor connected to the camera has been installed in all the holy places in Mina near Mecca, Saudi Arabia, November 7, 2011,
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