As we commenced our workshop at nine in the morning for the topic “Culture and Conflict Resolution,” Prof. Jianrong Chen, who was then the facilitator (in addition to being the lead organizer of the Asia-China Peace and Leadership Training Workshop), assured us thus, “If you can finish your workshop at noontime, then I will call for a free time this afternoon so that you can go wherever you want within the city.”
Having such assurance for a break, in the workshop we ‘played’ with full delight as if we were little kids. And yes, we were able to finish ‘playing’ a bit after noontime.
After lunch, I joined a small group of participants (from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand) who wanted to go to Hui Hui cemetery at Guihua Gang district of Guangzhou City, China. To be specific, it’s located along Jiefang Beilu Avenue.
We are told that Hui Hui cemetery is where Sa’d ibn Abi Waqas, a Sahabi (first generation of Muslims) was buried during the Tang Dynasty.
After visiting the graveyard, we proceeded to Sa’d ibn Abi Waqas Mosque which is also located within the cemetery compound. Some of us performed their ‘asr (afternoon) prayer there while others performed optional prayers and supplications.
As we were about to leave the place, an arriving group of around 10 people greeted us thus, “As-salamu ‘alaykum!” Upon inquiry we have learned that they were Chinese Muslims from Xinjiang Province, who were then on their way to Hajj.
Bidding farewell to them and wishing them an acceptable pilgrimage, we left the place and I could notice Wiwin‘s teary eyes.