Chinese steps in spreading Islam in the archipelago

“Around the 15th century, predominately Muslim Chinese immigrants who came from Guangzhou and Fujian landed in the archipelago. They lived in Indonesia living as merchants, farm, and as a handyman .

Chinese Muslims in the archipelago is hailed from the original Chinese Muslim imigrants, and settled in the archipelago. There was also a convert to Islam because Chinese interaction with the local population were Muslims.

The arrival of Chinese Muslim immigrants to the archipelago, before and at the time of the kingdoms in the archipelago, individually. At this time the Chinese Muslim immigrants spreading Islam indirectly.

Called indirectly because their purpose to come to the archipelago actually was to improve their economic life, not for presenting or preaching Islam.

However, as Muslims, they also indirectly influenced the behavior of people in the area, introducing Islam and worship in their daily acitivities.

Despite the arrival of ethnic Chinese Muslims not to preach, their presence has affected the development of the Islamic missionary.

One of them was the results of the process of assimilation, marriage with locals who then made them Muslims.

Some areas that served the purpose of the Chinese immigrant Muslims were Sambas, Lasem, Jakarta, Banten, Jepara, Tuban, Gresik, and Surabaya. We can still find traces of their purported relics of mosque and other buildings.

Chinese Muslims immigrant have been in Indonesia before the Portuguese and Dutch colonial nations came. Chinese immigrants in the 15th century came to live in Indonesia to find a livelihood, not to conquer the area or to exploit this country.

Their intention was different with the colonialists. The Portuguese and Dutch came to Indonesia to discover the colony and thus spread the Christian religion .

Chinese Muslim immigrants assimilated and lived with the natives, while the Dutch and Portuguese treated the natives in discriminatory way and under their hegemony.

In the Portuguese colonial era, Chinese Muslims were also oppressed like the natives. Even during the war against colonial, the population of Chinese Muslims also joined the fighters in each district to fight the invaders.

Among Chinese Muslims were also targets for genocide and political victims of the colonial’s divide and rule politics.”

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