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More than 13,500 Chinese expected to perform Haj this year

Thursday, October 21, 2010 10:43:34 PM, ummid.com Staff Reporter

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Malegaon: Over 13,500 Chinese pilgrims are expected to perform Haj this year, almost a seven percent increase on last year’s number of 12,700 Hajis from China, reports the leading Saudi Arabian English daily.

The first batch of 4,620 pilgrims arrived on Oct. 18, and the second batch is expected to leave China on Oct. 27.

“Along with this year’s pilgrims, there are 51 members of the China Islamic Association and they will be part of the Haj mission to help the pilgrims complete their Haj,” Arab News quoted China Islamic Association Vice President Mustafa Yang Zhibo. He was speaking at a press conference held at the Chinese Consulate in Jeddah.

“There will also be a special medical team, which will include doctors and paramedics to take care of the pilgrims. The mission will have its own imams who will guide the pilgrims during the Haj."

Zhibo told Arab News that the average age of the Chinese pilgrims is 60, while women account for one third of them.

He added that the pilgrims would be given $4,000 in cash each during their trip. By Nov. 9, all Chinese pilgrims will be in Makkah.

Islam established itself as one of the five major religions in China after it entered the country around 1,300 years ago.

There are more than 23 million Muslims living in China today, concentrated in the northwest provinces of Xinjiang and Ninxing.

 

 

 


 

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