PAKOBSERVER - Jun 08, 2016
Islamabad—Islam in China is flourishing and Chinese Muslims are
enjoying complete religious freedom. The prevailing Chinese laws protect
normal religious activities. All normal religious activities, including
attending religious services, fasting, worshiping Buddha, praying,
preaching, reciting scriptures, burning incense, attending Mass, being
baptized or ordained, observing extreme unction, holding memorial
ceremonies, and celebrating religious festivals, that believers conduct
at venues for religious activities or in their own homes in accordance
with customary religious practices, are exclusive affairs of religious
groups and the believers themselves.
These activities are protected by law, and no organization or individual
may interfere with them. To ensure successful pilgrimages for believers
in Islam, the largest Muslims’ populated region Xinjiang adopts a
policy of organized and planned pilgrimages.
Since 1996 the Xinjiang government has arranged charter flights every
year to take believers in Islam to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The Xinjiang
government funds medical care and interpretation for pilgrims, and
offers other services to ensure safe and orderly pilgrimages.