Is­lam group urged to fight ex­trem­ism

Of­fi­cial says ha­lal must be cor­rectly un­der­stood, abuse of signs to end

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By XUWEI xuwei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Top po­lit­i­cal ad­viser Yu Zheng­sheng has urged the Is­lamic As­so­ci­a­tion of China to step up the de­vel­op­ment and res­o­lutely re­sist the in­fil­tra­tion of ex­trem­ism, as the as­so­ci­a­tion elected its new lead­er­ship at the clos­ing of its na­tional congress on Mon­day.

Yu, chair­man of the Na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence, said in a meet­ing with del­e­gates to the congress that the IAC should also strengthen its self-build­ing and im­prove its work style.

He said that the IAC’s newly elected lead­er­ship should in­herit and ex­pand the pa­tri­otic, law-abid­ing and tol­er­ant tra­di­tions of the re­li­gion in China.

The clos­ing of the IAC’s na­tional congress, which is held once every five years, saw mem­bers of its clergy con­ven­ing in Bei­jing to elect its new lead­er­ship.

Yang Fam­ing, vice-pres­i­dent of the Is­lamic As­so­ci­a­tion of the Ningxia Hui au­ton­o­mous re­gion, was elected pres­i­dent of the IAC. Yang, 51, is also a mem­ber of the Na­tional Com­mit­tee of the CPPCC.

The IAC also passed a newly amended con­sti­tu­tion, which high­lighted the im­por­tance of op­pos­ing ex­trem­ism.

Wang Zuo’an, head of the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion for Re­li­gious Af­fairs, also urged the IAC to step up the train­ing of clergy and de­velop more tal­ents that can take up teach­ing po­si­tions at Is­lamic in­sti­tutes.

The IAC should at­tach im­por­tance to de­vel­op­ing Is­lamic in­sti­tutes, im­prov­ing the qual­ity of teach­ing and mak­ing in­sti­tutes the front line in op­pos­ing re­li­gious ex­trem­ism, Wang said at the congress.

Yang said the IAC will try to curb a trend seek­ing to ex­pand the Is­lamic con­cept of “ha­lal” and bet­ter pro­tect the le­git­i­mate in­ter­ests of Mus­lims.

At the open­ing of the congress, Wang urged the IAC to lead Mus­lims to a right un­der­stand­ing on the con­cept of ha­lal, while adding that the abuse of ha­lal signs must stop.

In China, ha­lal food pro­duc­ers must have their prod­ucts cer­ti­fied by lo­cal eth­nic af­fairs com­mis­sions un­der reg­u­la­tions passed by pro­vin­cial and re­gional law­mak­ers. If they meet the stan­dards, pro­duc­ers are al­lowed to dis­play a ha­lal logo, des­ig­nated by their prov­ince or re­gion, on their pack­ag­ing and prod­ucts.

ZOU HONG / CHINA DAILY

Yang Fam­ing, chair­man of the Is­lamic As­so­ci­a­tion of China, talks to jour­nal­ists af­ter the as­so­ci­a­tion’s 10th na­tional congress in Bei­jing on Mon­day.

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