History of Islam in the Philippines

Topics: Islam, Southeast Asia, Philippines Pages: 3 (709 words) Published: February 21, 2011
History of the Muslims in the Philippines

There’s a saying “Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay hindi makararating sa paroroonan.” In the case of understanding the Muslims, and the case of the Muslims in the Philippines, we have to look back on their history to be able to understand why there still is an ongoing conflict between our Muslim brothers and how it affects the development of Islam in the Philippines.

Muslims are followers of the religion Islam, they are regarded as part of a sophisticated civilization wherein they have an established form of government, alphabet, and way of life.

Even before the Mulims and Spaniards came to the Philippine Islands, there are already habitants, which we call indigenous people or the tribal Philippines. These natives have participated in trade with other South East Asian countries since time immemorial.

According to Cesar Majul, in 878 A.D., the Muslims were expelled in China because of an anti-foreign policy and that hundreds of Muslims were massacred in the uprising against the Celestial Empire. The Muslims who were able to escape moved to the Malay Peninsula. Due to the fact that Muslims rely on trading, when the foreign merchants were allowed again in China, the Muslims found a new route to China. This route is through Philippine waters as was said that Arab ships were seen coming from an island of the Philippines.

During the tenth century some Muslims in Borneo were believed to have settled in Sulu, since Borneo is very close to Sulu. The proof of Muslim settlement in the Philippines can be read in tarsilas. Tarsilas are genealogical accounts of the habitants in Mindanao.

One tarsila had written that a Tuan Masha’ika arrived in Maimbung, Jolo and married the daughter of the ruling family. The marriage of Muslim to a member of a ruling family is what ignited the spread of Islam, and strengthened the establishment of the Islam as a religion in Southern...
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