THE JAPAN TIMES - MAY 23, 2016
NINGXIA, CHINA – Every morning on his
way to class at one of China’s largest Islamic institutes, Wang Yue is
reminded that the state comes before Allah.
Emblazoned in gold etching on a white marble slab at the main
entrance — and repeated all over campus — is the slogan: “Love the
nation, love religion.”
The contrast is even more striking than the hierarchy: in China
patriotism is synonymous with supporting the ruling Communist Party,
which is officially atheist.
But the students see little contradiction between the teachings of Marx and those of Muhammad.
“Part of being a good person, and a good Muslim, is loving your own
country,” said Wang, who is in the last of his four years of studies at
the institute in the northern region of Ningxia.