A great post on Muslim history in China by ShiDadao

The Sangha Kommune.

Emperor Hong Wu

(I have translated the relatively short Chinese text entitled the ‘Hundred Character Eulogy’ to Islam, retaining the beautiful Chinese characters next to the English rendering.  When the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) over-threw the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368) and chased the Mongolians out of China, the first emperor Hong Wu (1328-1396), instead of attacking the Islamic faith ordered that mosques be constructed so that Chinese Muslims could continue to pray and worship Allah.  He also wrote a hundred character poem in praise of Islam – portraying the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as an enlightened sage of the highest order.  This is significant as many descendents of Arab tradesmen practice (and preserve) Northern Chinese martial arts that are often linked to Long Fist.  Both Muslims (and Jews) have lived in China for many centuries.)

The Hundred Word Eulogy

《百字讚》寫道:

The Hundred Character Eulogy States:

乾坤初始,天籍注名。

At the creation of the divine sky…

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