muslim in China – 6

8 Desember, 2010

Idul Adha is one of muslim feasts that took place on the tenth day until the thirteenth day of month Dzulhijjah. After took a congregation prayer, wealthy people of muslim slaughter the cattles (such as cow, bull, sheep and goat) for their meat distributed to the poor and some are presented to the family. Among Chinese muslims, many events were held to celebrate the day. In an Arabic-language television shows covering other forms of events organized to celebrate Eid al-Adha, there was a celebration dinner to the accompaniment of dances from the countries of origin of Chinese muslims combined with middle eastern dance.

But the fact which makes me more amazed was the television channel I was watching: China Central Television (CCTV-العربية) that provide Arabic language broadcasting services to reach more than 300 million Arabic-speaking audiences. Even though my Arabic language skills are minimal, but I was feels more comfortable to watch Arabic-language after listening to mandarin conversations mixed with english all the day.

muslim in China – 4

7 Desember, 2010

It was a lucky for me that our generous Chinese friends understood muslim can not eat pork nor can drink alcoholic beverages. They took us to restaurants that muslims are the owner. Sometime they took us to Chinese restaurants that serve vegetarian meals or just don’t serve pork.

Although Muslim Cuisine Restaurant on Qianmen Street, Beijing (near Tian’anmen Square) served halal and very nice taste of Chinese food and Arab (阿拉伯) Dalian Minzu Restaurant, Dalian (near People’s Square) served halal and very nice taste of middle east food, they still provide wines, chinese liquor, and beer.

I did not know the reasons until then I found that many diners are not muslim, and these restaurants still have to survive. This issue is one of a matter of Islamic jurisprudence that is perhaps still likely to be understood as an emergency condition.

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