Se­nior of­fi­cial calls for steady de­vel­op­ment of Chi­nese Is­lam

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - — XU WEI

High­lights of a speech by Wang Zuo’an, chief of the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion the 10th Na­tional Congress of the China Is­lamic As­so­ca­tion: • We should re­spect the be­liefs and cus­toms of Mus­lims, and at the same time curb be­hav­iors that in­ter­vene in ad­min­is­tra­tive, ju­di­cial and ed­u­ca­tion pro­cesses in the name of re­li­gious canons. • The China Is­lamic As­so­ci­a­tion should stick to and carry for­ward the fine tra­di­tions of Chi­nese Is­lam, cor­rectly iden­tify the var­i­ous ide­o­log­i­cal trends of Is­lam over­seas and avoid blindly fol­low­ing the lead of re­li­gions in other coun­tries, which will only re­sult in the loss of di­rec­tion for Chi­nese Is­lam. • The China Is­lamic As­so­ci­a­tion should res­o­lutely pro­hibit in­di­vid­ual hajj pil­grims… and pro­tect the nor­mal or­der of the hajj. Hajj-re­lated work should be more trans­par­ent, and the as­so­ci­a­tion should fur­ther op­ti­mize the on­line ap­pli­ca­tion process and make public the use of hajj funds. Cor­rup­tion in hajj-re­lated ar­eas should be pun­ished in ac­cor­dance with the law. The Is­lamic clergy should ex­plain the hajj com­pre­hen­sively and di­alec­ti­cally. The coun­try’s num­ber of hajj pil­grims (al­lowed to the Saudi Ara­bian city of Mecca) has al­ready ap­proached its limit, and there is not much room for more. We need to lead the Mus­lims to treat hajj more ra­tio­nally, and ob­ject to ir­ra­tional be­hav­iors such as tak­ing on debt to make the pilgrimage or mak­ing the pilgrimage in sick­ness. • The China Is­lamic As­so­ci­a­tion should un­der­stand the re­la­tion­ship be­tween re­li­gious canons and the laws cor­rectly, es­tab­lish a firm con­cept of the rule of law and con­duct ac­tiv­i­ties within le­gal bound­aries. It should learn to use the law to safe­guard le­gal in­ter­ests, in­stead of try­ing to solve prob­lems through il­le­gal ac­tions such as cre­at­ing dis­tur­bances.

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