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Masjid Huaisheng

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The Huaisheng mosque in Guangzhou began to build in 627. This is one of the oldest mosques in China. According to legend it was founded by the uncle of the prophet Muhammad and one of the most famous of his companions, Saad Ibn Abu Waqqas. He was the first Islamic missionary to China. However, according to most scholars, the mosque was completed during the reign of the Chinese Tang dynasty, and subsequently restored several times.

Huanshan translated from Chinese means "remember the Prophet." But at the mosque it has a second name - "Tower lighthouse". This is an unofficial name it has acquired due to the shape of his minaret. He really looked like a lighthouse, and a height of thirty seven meters made it visible to passing ships, who used it as a landmark. The minaret bears the name Guanto, meaning "tower of light", which also confirms the hypothesis that the mosque served as a lighthouse. Not far from the location of the structure is the mouth of the Pearl river.

In the architecture of Huanshan intertwine styles, traditional for Ancient China and Arab architecture. The mosque consists of minarets, a two-storey prayer hall and the outdoor pavilion. Also nearby is an ancient Muslim cemetery. According to legend, there was buried the forty-Islamic missionaries.

The legend says that the first Muslim companions, headed by sa'd Ibn Abu Waqqas arrived in Guangzhou in 627. It was the first missionaries of the new religion arrived in China. In the same year they began to build the minaret of the mosque for living there and Arab merchants. After all, with its convenient location in Guangzhou quickly became a rich center of international trade, the turnover of which were attended mostly by Arab and Persian merchants. Subsequently there emerged a large Muslim community.

Huanshan one of the first mosques, built in Chinese style, and one of many attractions of Guangzhou.