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The religion of the Hui People
回教 means "Hui Religion" in Chinese.
It refers specifically to the Hui people (Huizu) who have typical Oriental looks but are Muslim (practice the religion of Islam). Hui people can be found throughout China, often establishing Muslim neighborhoods in many cities.
My Japanese dictionary lists this as the all Kanji way to write Islam as well.
In Korean, the first character is used as a short name to say Muslim.
This both means and sounds like "Islam" in Mandarin Chinese.
The first three characters sound like the word "Islam", and the last character means "religion" or "teaching". It's the most general term for "Islam" in China. The highest concentration of Muslims in China is Xinjiang (the vast region in northwest China that was called The East Turkistan Republic until 1949 and is sometimes called Chinese Turkistan, Uyghuristan). Here you will find Uygurs, Kazakhs, and Kyrgyz and others that are descendants of Turkmen (possibly mixed with Persians and Arabs). Many of their ancestors were traders who traveled the silk road to buy and sell spices, silk, and exchange other goods from the Orient and the Middle East.
I spent some time in Xinjiang and got to know this community. They are strong people who can endure much. They are friendly and love to have a good time. I was a stranger but treated by villagers (near China's border with Afghanistan) as if I was a good friend.
However, I have heard that it's best not to cross them, as in this land, the law is the blade, and everything is "eye for an eye". The Chinese government has little control in Xinjiang with almost no police officers except in the capital of Urumqi (so it's a 60-hour roundtrip train ride to seek the aid of law enforcement in most cases).
While few seem to be devout, there are at least small mosques in every village. And you will never see a man or woman outside without a head covering.
It should be noted that these people are all citizens of China, but they are officially of the Caucasian race. A visit to Xinjiang will change your idea what it means to be Chinese.
真主 is how Chinese Muslims refer to God (it literally means "True Master").
Oddly, in China, two different names for God have emerged. Even though Muslims, Christians, and Jews all worship the same God of Abraham.
In Arabic, the word Allah is just the Arabic way to say, God. Arab Christians pray to Allah, just like Arab Muslims. Somehow in China, the title of God diverged.
If you are curious, there are millions of Muslims throughout China but especially in the northwest portion of China known as Xinjiang. Here you will find descendants of Turkmen, Persian, Arab, and other ethnicities. Some are mixed with Han-Chinese blood; others appear to be pure Turkmen. Many have fair complexions, green eyes, and light hair but all are citizens of China. A visit to Xinjiang will shift your paradigm and blow away all of your stereotypes about what it means to be Chinese.
Movement within Islam
This is one of the key creeds of Islam.
While perhaps more often seen in Arabic as
there are many native Chinese Muslims (especially the Hui ethnicity) that do not speak Arabic.
Instead, they use this Chinese phrase to express this idea or statement of faith.
I've noticed you are searching for "islam". If you are interested, I can have your favorite verse from the Qur'an translated into Chinese and written on a wall scroll for you. You can contact me siting the verse or verses you want.
Coming soon, I will bring you truly Muslim calligraphy from the region known as Xinjiang in China. It is a place were virtually everyone is a Chinese citizen, but everyone is also a Muslim. I traveled over 2000 miles to the most remote areas of China, near the borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan to find a Muslim calligrapher. Preview Xinjiang Islamic Calligraphy Art. I am still working on translations before these wall scrolls find their way to our website.
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Islam||回教||kai kyou / kaikyou / kai kyo||huí jiào / hui2 jiao4 / hui jiao / huijiao||hui chiao / huichiao|
|yī sī lán jiào|
yi1 si1 lan2 jiao4
yi si lan jiao
|i ssu lan chiao
|Shiite sect of Islam||什葉派|
|shí yè pài|
shi2 ye4 pai4
shi ye pai
|shih yeh p`ai
shih yeh pai
|Sunni sect of Islam||遜尼派|
|xùn ní pài|
xun4 ni2 pai4
xun ni pai
|hsün ni p`ai
hsün ni pai
God of Islam
|真主||zhēn zhǔ / zhen1 zhu3 / zhen zhu / zhenzhu||chen chu / chenchu|
|shí yè / shi2 ye4 / shi ye / shiye||shih yeh / shihyeh|
|Allah||アラー||araa / ara|
|There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is His Messenger||無一是主惟有安拉穆罕默德是安拉的差使|
|wú yī shì zhǔ wéi yǒu ān lā mù hǎn mò dé shì ān lā de chāi shǐ|
wu2 yi1 shi4 zhu3 wei2 you3 an1 la1 mu4 han3 mo4 de2 shi4 an1 la1 de chai1 shi3
wu yi shi zhu wei you an la mu han mo de shi an la de chai shi
|wu i shih chu wei yu an la mu han mo te shih an la te ch`ai shih
wu i shih chu wei yu an la mu han mo te shih an la te chai shih
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
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Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.
There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.
Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.
The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.
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