Beijing Tour For Muslims
Islam in China began during the caliphate of 'Uthman
ibn Affan (Allayhi Rahma, ra), the third caliph. After triumphing
over the Byzantine, Romans and the Persians, 'Uthman ibn Affan,
dispatched a deputation to China in 29 AH (650 C.E., Eighteen years
after the Prophet's (pbuh) death), under the leadership by Sa'ad
ibn Abi Waqqaas (Allayhi Rahma), Prophet Muhammad's (Salla Allahu
wa Allahai wa Sallam, pbuh) maternal uncle, inviting the Chinese
emperor to embrace Islam. Even before this, the Arab traders during
the time of the Prophet (pbuh), had already brought Islam to China,
although this was not an organized effort, but merely as an offshoot
of their journey along the Silk Route (land and sea route).
Even though there are only sparse records of the
event in Arab history, a brief one in Chinese history, The Ancient
Record of the Tang Dynasty describes the landmark visit. To Chinese
Muslims, this event is considered to be the birth of Islam in China.
To show his admiration for Islam, the emperor Yung Wei ordered the
establishment of China's first mosque - Huaisheng Mosque. The magnificent
Guangzhou city mosque known to this day as the 'Memorial Mosque.'
still stands today, after fourteen centuries. One of the first Muslim
settlements in China was established in this port city. The Umayyads
and Abbasids sent six delegations to China, all of which were warmly
received by the Chinese.
The Muslims who immigrated to China eventually
began to have a great economic impact and influence on the country.
They virtually dominated the import/export business by the time
of the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279 CE). Indeed, the office of Director
General of Shipping was consistently held by a Muslim during this
period. Under the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644 CE) generally considered
to be the golden age of Islam in China, Muslims gradually became
fully integrated into Han society.
According to a publication on mosques in China
(1998 edition), there are now 32,749 mosques in the entire People's
Republic of China, with 23,000 in the province of Xinjiang. China's
Muslims have been active in the country's internal politics. Islam
was introduced into Beijing around the 10th century. The earlies
mosque in Beijing, Niujie Mosque, was built in 996 over 1,000 years
ago. More mosques were set up during the Ming Dynasty.
With years' experience in handling Beijing
tours for Muslims, we are confident in making your trips in Beijing
both successful and fruitful! If the tours below are not what you
expect or like, you are welcome to contact our tour advisors to
give you a new customized muslim tour package.
Cloud Taoist Temple
Center "Water Cube"
Stadium "Bird's Nest"