China to allow 2,700 Muslims to visit Mecca: report

via AFP. The numbers do not add up since a couple of years ago the Chinese government allowed 10,000 pilgrims to perform hajj but this news story is saying that only 30,000 Muslims from China have performed hajj in the last 20 years. I am guessing that this is a mmisprint and they actually mean Muslims from Xinjiang.

China to allow 2,700 Muslims to visit Mecca: report

BEIJING (AFP) – China will allow over 2,700 Muslims to visit the holy site of Mecca this year, with pilgrims making the trip in 10 groups organised by the government, state press said Tuesday.

The pilgrims will come from the major cities in China’s Xinjiang region including Urumqi, Yili, Kashgar and Hotan and will undergo training courses covering security concerns and basic language needs, Xinhua news agency said.

The government-run ethnic affairs commission will be in charge of the tour groups and accompany the travellers, it said.

More than 30,000 Chinese Muslims have made the pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudia Arabia over the last 20 years, including 2,800 last year, the report said.

An increasing number of Chinese Muslims embarking on the holy pilgrimage reflects rising living standards in China, with the costs of such trips averaging about 40,000 yuan (5,850 dollars) a person, it said.

Clashes broke out in Xinjiang on July 5, leaving at least 197 people dead and over 1,600 injured in the worst ethnic violence to hit China in decades. The unrest began with a peaceful protest by Uighurs but proceedings quickly turned violent as Uighur mobs attacked members of China’s dominant Han ethnic group.

Chinese authorities say most of the dead were Han and blamed the violence on extremist and separatist groups.

The unrest has put a spotlight on China’s roughly eight million Uighurs, who have complained of religious and cultural oppression since the officially atheist Chinese communists came to power 60 years ago and tightened control on Xinjiang.

Many Uighurs say they are prevented from going on the hajj, the trip to Mecca which all Muslims are obliged to make in their lifetime if they have the means.

But the State Bureau of Religious Affairs earlier this month denied this in a statement to AFP, saying Muslims were allowed to go in specially-designated groups.

China routinely denies passports to Uighurs, apparently fearing they could join extremist groups abroad, Uighur businessmen have said.

The lucky few who get passports often must give police hefty deposits of up to 4,000 dollars — a massive sum for most Uighurs — to ensure that they return, several Uighurs said.

3 responses to “China to allow 2,700 Muslims to visit Mecca: report

  1. Two particularly parts stand out (not to dissect only certain portions) but if there are 8 million Uighurs not counting other Chinese Muslims in other parts of the country and only, 30,000 (inclusive of the prior year) over 20 years have performed hajj, that’s amazingly low. I wonder how that compares to Muslims from other countries.

    Sure transportation technology was not as advanced in 1990, but planes, etc. were still accessible. Of course a $4,000 sum of bribery ontop of the ~$5,000 trip cost would require someone to be very wealthy — I don’t know doctors, engineers or lawyers who take ~$10,000 trips in the US lightly.

    I’d imagine the disenfranchisement of incomes is the biggest reason for such small pilgrimage numbers

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