Most followers of religion in China are youngsters, and Islam has its most followers under the age of 30, International Business Times reported quoting a survey carried out by the National Survey Research Center at Beijing’s Renmin University.
Religion has a robust following among China’s younger generation despite the country's rule by the officially atheist Communist Party.
China recognizes only five religions: Buddhism, Taoism, Catholicism, Protestantism and Islam.
Islam has the largest number of young followers; nearly 22.4% of those interviewed at the Beijing’s Renmin University’s National Survey Research Center. With 22%, Catholicism is the second most practiced religion among the under-30, according to the annual religion survey.
"Islam tends to have a younger demographic,” Wei Dedong, a professor of Buddhist studies at the School of Philosophy at Renmin who had a hand in the research, said.
The research indicated that the government has been taking a keen interest in maintaining relations with religious communities, with places of worship being visited periodically by the Chinese administration for religious affairs. Wei suggests that it is a sign that the governments want to see growth of religion in China.
However, these steps toward freedom to practice religion are hampered by recent restrictions imposed by the government.
Local government bodies in far western Xinjiang province, home to a predominantly Muslim population, announced limits on Ramadan, restricting children, government employees and teachers from fasting during the holy month, in addition to other associated traditions.
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