- Message Assalam u alaikum warahmatullah wabarakatuhu, Hearing news about new Muslims are becoming normal but this one is something I am proud of. PhilippinesMessage 1 of 1 , Oct 4, 2006View Source
Assalam u alaikum warahmatullah wabarakatuhu,
Hearing news about new Muslims are becoming normal but this one is something I am proud of. Philippines religious faith has a unique narrative in the evolution of the Ummah. Islam came peacefully to the Philippines earlier than Christianity just like its neighbors Malaysia , Brunei and Indonesia . A small country as it maybe, however, experienced the same intense 'Christianization' as Spaniard did in Spain . It was not peaceful preaching of faith that reached there, it was the Swords of the Spanish conquerors that killed Rajah Solaiman and company and then relentlessly influence the population. The defiant group in the southern Philippines earned for them the name Moros. It is a coined term symbol of hatred and frustration by the Spaniard Friars for failing to subjugate this group for almost 400 years of continuous fighting. Moros feel proud of this name as if it’s a certificate proving how their ancestors died defending Islam. To this date, Moros are still fighting regaining their 'separate' identity because they never recognize the authority of the Spaniards which in the first place have no right to cede or sell them to the incoming colonial United States .
Everything happens for a reason. MashaAllah Christian Filipinos are themselves coming back to where they used to belong. Allah knows best, maybe the prayer of the Moros to have their own separate state is not granted because Allah has something bigger to give inshaAllah.
May Allah show the perfect light to the rest of the Filipinos, ameen.
Maryam----- Original Message -----Sent: Tuesday, October 03, 2006 4:04 PMSubject: Glad tidings.....New Muslims
Takbir (allahu Akbar)
please read the Arabic down below.
53 Christian Filipinos became Muslims after Iftar gathering with Muslims in Rabiq (small city in the west of Saudi Arabia) .
They found their way to ALLAH subhanaho wa ta'ala.
I ask Allah to show them the right path all of their lives. I hope the same for all the people looking for their way to ALLAH
تهنئة رمضانية بخبر عاجل
إسلام 53 نصراني خلال يومين في المخيم الدعوي لإفطار صائم بمحافظة رابغ
تم إستضافتهم في اليوم الثالث من رمضان وهم نصارى وشاركو في الإفطار وذهب الناس للصلاة وهم ينظرون
وبعد الصلاة اعتنقوا الإسلام مختارين
وجاءوا في اليوم الرابع صائمين
والدعوة لهم ولغيرهم من النصارى يومياً
والتعليم والإفطار للمسلمين وغير المسلمين كذلك يومياً
(إنك لاتهدي من أحببت ولكن الله يهدي من يشاء)
ساهم مع المكتب بجاهك أو بمالك أو بدعائك او بما تستطيع واغتنم هذا الشهر الكريم
واسأل الله أن يبلغنا خير العمل في خير الشهور
Filipino Theologian Embraces Islam
By Rexcel Sorza
IOL Philippines Correspondent
When Muslim rebel leader Nur Misuari wanted Mindanao to secede and become an Islamic state, a Mindanao-born theologian and sociologist was among the first to rise and argue that the southern Philippine island is never home to Muslims alone.
Catholic priest Estanislao Soria campaigned against the Moros’ takeover of the whole of Mindanao. “I vehemently disagreed with Mr. Misuari. I campaigned against the Moro movement,” said Soria, who used to be popularly known as “Father Stan.”
Soria did not want to argue without basis as he is an academic and theologian schooled in the Jesuit-run learning institutions.
He embarked on a historical and sociological research to back his arguments. In the back of mind, though, was the thought of the need to convert Muslims to Christianity. This also brought him to read Islamic writings, and, quite surprisingly, lead him to revert to Islam.
“As a linguist well-versed in Latin, Greek and Hebrew, I thought I can learn Arabic that easily. I also wanted to translate Arabic writings into English as well as translate Western ideologies like existentialism into Arabic but I realized it was difficult,” he told IslamOnline.net.
Soria believed that making Western writings available in Arabic would lead Muslims in Mindanao to appreciate Christianity more than Islam. “I wanted to open their minds to Christianity because I had heard a lot of negative things about the Muslims. I told myself they have to be educated.”
But in getting deep into his readings, Soria realized that persons considered as “Church fathers” such as Saint Thomas Aquinas, got their knowledge from Islamic readings and teachings; that many of the so-called Western ideologies and theologies have long been discussed in Islam.
“[My readings] enlightened me that Western civilization’s thoughts sprung from Islamic teachings. After reading more works of Islamic theologians, I strongly changed my views on Islam,” he told IslamOnline.net.
Soria added, “I even realized that the Gospel of Barnabas is even more credible than the gospels of the four evangelists [included in the Christian Bible].” The Gospel of Barnabas is a work purporting to be a depiction of the life of Jesus by his disciple Barnabas. It is also considered to be pro-Islamic.
He, too, found out through his sociological research that most of the negative things said of the Filipino Muslims were untrue. “They were not what they were stereotyped to be.”
In 2001, Soria, who had served as parish priest in various cities and towns in Metro Manila after taking his college and theology studies at Xavier University and Loyola School of Theology, both of the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Manila University, reverted to Islam.
He has since been known as Muhammad Soria, but many, including his Muslim friends, still call him “Father Stan.”
The 64-year-old Soria said his decision was met with condemnation and disgust by most of his relatives and former parishioners, an experience similar to what many of the Muslim reverts, locally known as Balik Islam, go through. This, however, did not deter him from leaving the priesthood after 14 years and embracing Islam.
Soria is getting used to Islam, which to him is not only a religion but a way of life.
He has gone on Hajj in Makkah five times already, being a member of the Islamic Da`wah Movement of the Philippines. He also married a 24-year-old woman last year after living a celibate life as a priest.
Soria said that if there is one thing that Muslims should learn from Christians, it is being organized. To him, having a structure would greatly help in spreading Islam as structure helped the Christians.
For example, he said, Muslims should put up universities all over the globe, as Catholic missionaries did with their universities. Also, “why can’t Islamic states produce preachers and do what the Christian missionaries did?” he asked.
He further said there is a need to “intellectualize Islam through rationality” because by doing so the teachings embodied in the Qur’an would be better appreciated by people totally new to it.
He is also ecstatic about the annual fast this Ramadan. He said he is again reminded of the sunrise to sundown fast’s “spiritual value” in contrast to the Christian’s dieting “which is too material or human.”
Soria said, “In Islam, we are taught that if you discipline your body the Creator would grant your wish.” Harmony between Filipino Muslims and Filipino Christians in this largely Christian nation, amid the stereotyping of Muslims as terrorists, is among the wishes he prays to be granted.He that does good for good's sake seeks neither paradise nor reward, but he is sure of both in the end.