Muslims of China

The Salar people have their own unwritten language. It is closely related to Uighur and Uzbek and is typically spoken only in Salar homes and businesses. While the Salar language is unwritten, there is a growing movement to develop a written script and educate the younger generations so that their unique language and culture can be passed on. Approximately 80% of the Salar speak and understand the local dialect of Mandarin Chinese. A significant percentage are able to speak Amdo Tibetan as a result of living and working among the Han Chinese and Tibetans for many years. Pray that the Salar people will turn to God and that the words of their mouths and the meditations of their hearts will be acceptable to God (Psalm 19:14).