On October 18 the 1st batch of 4,620 pilgrims arrived, and on October 27 the snd batch is expected to leave China.
Mustafa Yang Zhibo, the China Islamic Association Vice President said at a press conference held at the Chinese Consulate in Jeddah that “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.”
“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.”
Mustafa Yang Zhibo told that the average age of the Chinese pilgrims is sixty, 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 November 9, all Chinese pilgrims will be in Makkah.
Islam established itself as one of the 5 big religions in China after it came in the country approximately 1,300 years ago.
There are more than twenty-three million Muslims living in China today, concentrated in the northwest provinces of Xinjiang and Ninxing.
At the press conference hosted by Wang Yong, a Chinese Consul General, Mustafa Yang Zhibo said the Islamic community is free to practise the religion. “In all of China now, there are around 36,000 mosques and Islamic schools, there are 45,000 imams and 10 Islamic academies with more than thousands of students attending,” he added
China Islamic Association was established on May 11, 1953, in Beijing and is the representative of all of the country’s Muslims.
The association is also responsible for organising Haj and Umrah pilgrimages for Muslims in China.
Since it was made, the association has been contributing to government efforts in enforcing the policy of freedom of religion, carrying over the tradition of Islam, uniting Muslims in participating in the country’s development, encouraging friendly relations with Muslims in other countries, and keeping peace. The association has played its role in keeping China’s stability and in its economic and social development.