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Chinese Islamic Restaurant & Links About Islam In China

A “Chinese Islamic” restaurant has opened in Houston. It is in the location of another Chinese restaurant I often went to but is now closed.

(Update—I have now eaten here three times. It is very good and there is a large menu with many items. The place is clean and the people working there are nice. ) 

The restaurant is called Jamillah Garden and is located at 15514 FM 529 in Houston. Call 281-855-4818 for takeout.  

The word “Jamillah” is a variation of the female Arabic name Jamila. Jamila means beautiful.

Beautiful garden.

Below is a picture of the Bogar Botanical Gardens outside of Jakarta. You see there an Islamic woman enjoying the garden. All people like nice things like a beautiful garden. Here is a link to information about these gardens.

I have not yet visited the Chinese Islamic restaurant. But I will soon. Today I was handed a menu.

What do Islamic Chinese people eat?   

Well–Looking at the menu I see some different offerings from the previous restaurant in that location.

Cold Ox-Tendon for example.  And Spicy Ox-Tripe.

I will order neither item.

There are many lamb dishes. That will do just fine. And many standard Chinese food offerings.

Though the Sweet & Sour Pork is gone.

Here is information on Islamic Dietary restrictions. 

Here is an excerpt from the Koran

“You who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, idols and raffles are only a filthy work of satan, turn aside from them so that you may prosper. Satan only wants to stir up enmity and jealousy among you by means of intoxicants and gambling, and to hinder you from remembering God, and from praying; so will you not abstain?”(5: 90 – 91) 

I don’t follow all that. But I have some sympathy for the position. 

Here are a number of articles about Chinese Muslims from the Islam Awareness Homepage.

The above source says China is 2% Islamic. That comes out to 24 million people.

Here is a BBC story about Chinese Muslims living in the Ningxia province of China

Here is a picture of Yinchuan. This is the capital of Ningxia.  

Here is a history of Muslims in China from the Los Angeles Chinese Learning Center.

Here is an Economist story about Muslims in the Chinese frontier province of Xinjiang.

Here is information on Islam.

Here is an Islamic blogger from the great state of Ohio—The Tales of a Modern Muslimah.  I think she has the makings of a good blog and I hope she begins to post on a more consistent basis.

I hope the new Chinese Islamic Restaurant is a good place and I hope people will be willing to give it a chance.

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March 27, 2008 - Posted by | Blogging, History, Houston | , , , , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Yesterday’s NYTimes carried a story re. a Chinese Muslim mother who is home schooling her three daughters – part of a fairly long piece re. home schooling among Muslims in this country. Had not expected to see a second reference to Chinese Muslims on the very next day. I look forward to a report on the restaurant. And be aware that mutton has a much stronger taste than the lamb with which you are familiar.

    Comment by Newton | March 27, 2008

  2. Hello. I realize it is a bit of an old post, nevertheless I wanted to let you know that that your review of the resturaunt has prompted me to go give it a try. I will be going this weekened. Will let you know how the food was.

    Thank you for the translation of the name “jameelah.” I did not know it meant beautiful or that it was arabic.

    Comment by saleema | December 1, 2008

  3. Tell Jamila that Neil sent you.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | December 1, 2008

  4. I just ate at jamilla garden yesterday! It was great, the service, the food, and the place. It’s the best Islamic Chinese food in town.

    Comment by Muslima | September 22, 2009


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