China has launched new laws for Muslims visiting Saudi Arabia for annual Haj stipulating that the pilgrimage must be organised solely by the nation’s Islamic Association and pilgrims ought to observe Chinese legal guidelines and oppose non secular extremism.
There are 20 million Muslims in China, largely Uyghurs – an ethnic group of Turkic origin – and Hui Muslims, who’re of Chinese ethnic origin. Both Uyghurs and Hui Muslims have a inhabitants of about 10 million every, in accordance with an official white paper.
About 10,000 Chinese Muslims carry out Haj yearly.
The new regulation issued for Haj pilgrimage has a complete of 42 articles, together with one which stipulates that Chinese Muslims’ pilgrimage must be organised in accordance with legal guidelines, and the Chinese Islamic Association is the one organisation that’s authorised to rearrange for Chinese Muslims to go to Mecca in Saudi Arabia to carry out Haj.
No different organisation or particular person ought to organise the journeys, and Chinese residents ought to meet primary necessities when making use of for the Haj, the regulation, which might be applied from December 1, stipulates, state-run Global Times reported.
People who go abroad to carry out Haj ought to abide by China’s and the vacation spot nation’s legal guidelines and laws, and oppose non secular extremism, in accordance with the laws.
The associated authorities departments are requested to fulfil their obligations and ban unlawful Haj actions, the report mentioned.
The Haj is without doubt one of the 5 pillars of Islam which each and every Muslim is required to finish not less than as soon as of their lifetime if they’re wholesome sufficient and have the means to take action.
China since final 12 months confronted extreme worldwide criticism, together with from the UN and western international locations, over allegations that it’s holding over one million individuals, largely ethnic Uyghurs, in internment camps in Muslim-majority Xinjiang province in a bid to wean them away from non secular extremism.
Resource-rich Xinjiang province is dwelling to over 10 million Turkic talking Uighur Muslims. The province is restive for a number of years over settlements of Han Chinese within the area.
China defends the camps, describing the services as re-education centres geared toward de-radicalising sections of the Uyghur Muslim inhabitants from extremism and separatism.