A record number of Muslims from the Chinese mainland travelled to Saudi Arabia this year for the Haj pilgrimage, according to a feature circulated by the Delhi-based Women’s Feature Service.
According to the authors of the feature, Wu Chen and Yang Jing, among the millions who gathered in Mecca for this year’s Haj were 10,700 Chinese, including women.
In 2005, only 2,000 Chinese performed the Haj.
Ma Xiulan, a 74-year old woman pilgrim, said she had been dreaming of the holy trip for several years. Family members helped her to go through the pre-departure spiritual and logistic orientation.
Her husband was not with her as she flew out to Saudi Arabia. “My husband said he is stronger than me and can wait a few more years,” she said. “I hope he can also make the pilgrimage one day.”