China’s 20 to 30 million Muslims comprise approximately two percent of its population. The highest concentrations of Chinese Muslims are found in the northwest provinces of Ningxia, Xinjiang, and Gansu. Zakat Foundation of America is most active in Gansu Province, addressing the needs of the poor and needy.
Muslims are ethnic as well as religious minorities in China, so they have not benefited particularly from China’s economic development as much as the non-Muslim majority. The diverse members of the Chinese Muslim community, whether ethnic Chinese (Hui) or Turkic, are in need of educational opportunities and skill training to ensure their future, allowing them to improve their social condition while maintaining their faith and traditions.