Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Islam in Guangzhou

To some people, they may be surprised to discover that there are in actual fact many great and interesting places being preserved in the city of Guangzhou which represent the traces of Islamic teachings since the earlier day of the century.

Islam was introduced in China in the 17th century in which the city of Guangzhou has been one of the oldest places that the teaching of Islam being practiced.

One of the oldest mosque in the city is Huaisheng Mosque. Huaisheng Mosque is located at No. 56, Guangta Road. The Mosque was Built in the year 627, during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The name of Huaisheng means 'Remember the Sage'.

About 20 minutes walk from Huaisheng Mosque lies a tomb-complex purportedly belonging to the uncle of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. namely  Sayyidina Saad Abi Waqqas r.a.

Today, Huaisheng Mosque still plays a very important role in serving the the teaching of Islam in Guanzhou, welcoming not only the local residences but Muslims from all over the world, including many of the businessmen and the tourists.

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