More Than 10,000 Chinese Hajis in 2007

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Its a bit late but here is an interesting stat. Last year more than 10,000 Chinese Muslims went for Hajj. Here are the details from Xinhua.

Chinese Muslim pilgrims wait in line for boarding as they depart for Mecca in Yinchuan, capital of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Nov. 19, 2007. Muslims from China’s only Hui ethnic autonomous region began their Mecca pilgrimage on Monday, utilizing the first direct charter flights from Yinchuan to Mecca. According to the Islamic Association of China (IAC), a record 10,700 Chinese Muslims are expected to make the pilgrimage this year. They would fly to Mecca with 33 charter flights, departing from Nov. 15 to Dec. 7, 2007, and return by charter flights from Jan. 5-24, 2008. [Photo: Xinhua]

Muslims from China’s only Hui ethnic autonomous region began their Mecca pilgrimage on Monday, utilizing the first direct charter flights from Yinchuan, capital of northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, to Mecca.

At 7:45 p.m. on Monday, the first charter flight, with 282 pilgrims on board, took off from Yinchuan airport for a flight of about eight hours to Medina, Saudi Arabia.

The group was the first among the 1,970 Muslims who will take these flights from Yinchuan to Mecca for the annual pilgrimage. The flights, operated by China Eastern, will continue to Nov. 25.

Yinchuan this year became the fifth departure port for non-stop charter flights to Saudi Arabia. The other four are Beijing, Urumqi, Lanzhou and Kunming.

Previously, Muslims in Ningxia had to travel to neighboring Gansu and Xinjiang for flights to Saudi Arabia.

Yang Zhibo, vice chairman of the Islamic Association of China (IAC), said Ningxia has more than 2 million Muslims, and it is important and necessary to facilitate their pilgrimage.

“Direct flights substantially reduce the time and costs for pilgrims,” said Hei Fuli, vice chairman of the Islamic Association of Ningxia.

Twenty years ago, when Beijing was the only departure port, pilgrims had to wait a week before flying onward to Medina, Hei said.

China has more than 20 million Muslims, mainly living in Xinjiang, Qinghai, Ganshu, Ningxia, Yunnan, Shaanxi, Inner Mongolia and Henan.

According to the IAC, a record 10,700 Chinese Muslims are expected to make the pilgrimage this year. They will return by charter flights from Jan. 5-24, 2008.

The pilgrimage rites will take place from Dec. 18-22.

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12 responses to “More Than 10,000 Chinese Hajis in 2007

  1. Alhamdulillah, that so many Chinese Muslims are Hajjis :) May Allah accept their prayers and forgive their sins, and expand their hearts with love of Hu! Ameen.

    Ya Haqq!

  2. I saw a HUGE group of Burmese hajjis in the Dubai airport last year. I was excited because I thought Muslims had a hard time in Burma (and many other ppl there, for that matter).

  3. As’salam’o’alaikum everyone.

    Brother darvish Ameen to your duas.

    musicalchef, Regarding Burmese Muslims it depends. Its mainly the Muslims from the Rohingya province that have to face hardships. Muslims of Indian and Malay descent do not usually have to face such hardships. Additionally a lot of Rohingya Muslims have Pakistani passports!

  4. always your brother in islam Abdellah.
    i would like to have some muslims from china and japan , both girls and boys incha allah just to talk about Allah and sweet talk incha allah.
    may allah lights our hearts all incha allah.

  5. I was fortunate enough to get to know some Chinese Muslims when I went for my pilgrimage last year. Although my Mandarin is nowhere near excellent, we were able to communicate through sign-language without much difficulties, Alhamdulillah.

    We may come from different races/backgrounds/cultures, practice different customs and speak different languages; yet we are united in a common religion which transcends these borders.

  6. Hajar, That’s an excellent observation. Even though Muslims may be from different races/backgrounds/cultures there is a sense of commonality and this should be a source of strength. It makes me sad when some non-Arab Muslims try to ‘act Arab’ to ‘sound more Muslim’ while our prophet (peace be upon him) clearly said that an Arab is not better than a non-Arab and vice versa.

  7. Well said Daiyu. It is rather sad as well that by doing so, non-Muslims (as well as Muslims alike) tend to get the misconception of the full context of Islam. Like when Islam is associated with a particular race/background/culture; the idea of a certain race/background/culture = Muslims@Islam is just not right.

  8. allah akbar , allah is the greatest.may allah collect us as muslims togeather to help eachother , may allah leads us for our unity .

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