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New time show at 10:00 am in Beijing, China. Friday prayers are still three hours away. A man seen near the mosque.

The man hesitated for a moment standing in front of the mosque. There is some reluctance to set foot into the mosque, especially after seeing the writing on the gate of the mosque that was written in Chinese, English and Arabic reads “Only for Muslims.”

But he dismissed his doubts and the courage to enter the mosque.

“How may I help you?” suddenly a man greeted him, the mosque’s imam.

“I want to be a Muslim,” said the man addressed.

Imam mosque smiled and greeted a man who wants to enter Islam. He took him to the office of “The Muslim community” which is located near the mosque building. The priest handed me three little books on Islam. He wants him to learn more about Islam, the religion embraced wish.

The young man turned out to not only read all these books, but read many books about Islam other. He also often took several imams in mosques to discuss to prove that he knows what he wants to do.

Finally, a priest led him utter two sentences the young man’s creed and formally became a Muslim.

The man is Jang, who after converting to Islam changed his name to Salim. Once bersyahadat, Salim told why he wanted to become a Muslim.

“Everything begins with pork,” Salim said with a smile.

The teachings of Islam to eat foods in moderation, including a ban on eating pork, sparking curiosity Salim and encouraged her to find out more about Islam.

“I am researching medical journals and read many books to find the answer,” Salim said.

He found the answer why Islam forbids pork. Muslims regard pigs unclean because they’re eating all or omnivores. Pigs do not distinguish between meat or vegetation in her eating habits. Unlike cattle or sheep for example, that only eat plants. Some scientists also say that eating pork can cause at least 70 kinds of diseases in humans.

“I found the same conclusion in the Chinese traditional medicine would not recommend eating pork meat and calling it the most unhealthy and dangerous,” said Salim.

Upon experience, Jang interested in Islamic religion and decided to convert to Islam. He is now a part of the Muslim community in China which, according to official data of more than 30 million people.

Islam has penetrated China through the traders, in the era of the Tang Dynasty about 1300 years ago. Even the historical record there is mention that the friends of the Prophet Muhammad never visited China.

Although the Muslim community in China is big enough, they often become targets of oppression and discrimination-wing communist Chinese government. But who can stand in the light of Islam and the guidance that Allah gave to his people. Jang or Salim is one such example. He received guidance that with a unique background, simply because the problem of pork. (Ln / oi)