On 1371, Ma He was born in the southern China region of Yunnan to a Muslim Chinese ethnic family.
Eventually, his home town would be raided by the Ming. During the raid, Ma He was taken away and captured by the Ming.
After Ma He was captured, he was taken to the Nanjing, the captial and eventually befriended the Prince. Here, he rose to the title of Zheng, and he was now called Zheng He.
Confucianism only! No one will be like Zheng He again!
Zheng He Mosque
Thank you Zheng He!
In 1405, the emperor would have a fleet of ships sail the world to trade and explore. Zheng He became the leader and led 7 voyages. His ship was many times the size of Columbus's ship, and he continued until 1433.
Zheng He would come back from his voyages with goods and even animals. With his voyages, he also showed the political and economic powerhouse that was China.
While Zheng He sailed, he promoted Islam and possibly sailed to Mecca to complete the Hajj. After his death, China focused more on confucianism. This disallowed the things that Zheng He did. Because of this, most of his contributions were forgotton. However, in South East Asia we can see some mosques named after Zheng He. This was to show commemoration for his contributions.