By Xie Wenting
While he can pray at home, he said he would rather make the effort to come to the mosque to pray five times in a day as he says his prayers there have a better effect. At peak times, more than 1,000 Muslims attend ceremonies at the Niujie mosque, located at the traditional heart of Beijing’s Muslim community, he said. The Niujie mosque is the biggest and oldest in Beijing and was founded by an Arab scholar in 966 AD.
While men listen to imams preach in the main hall, women all gather in a smaller hall, where loud speakers transmit the imam’s words to them simultaneously. Yang said they enjoy a relaxed environment in Beijing during this month. There are no safety checks for people who enter the mosque and tourists are allowed to view their ceremonies.
Muslims across China began observing the Islamic holy month of Ramadan on May 27 this year. According to the Xinhua News Agency, China is home to around about 20 million Muslims, including some foreign residents. – (Global Times)
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