Thursday, July 31, 2014

Envoy: 21m Chinese Muslims fast in Ramadan

ARAB NEWS - July 24, 2014

An estimated 21 million Chinese Muslims fast during the holy month of Ramadan and are allowed under the country's constitution to freely practice other Islamic rituals, according to the Chinese ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
Li Chengwen told Arab News here recently that these Muslims are from 10 ethnic minorities in the country.
He was speaking to congratulate Muslims here ahead of upcoming Eid Al-Fitr celebrations.
“Freedom of faith is the legitimate right of citizens and explicitly protected by the constitution and other laws in China,” Li said.
He said that he understands the importance of Ramadan for Muslims, who fast to empathize with the plight of the poor, and engage in prayers and charitable acts to increase their spirituality.