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Quran Memorization Contest Held in The Philippines

SHAFAQNA - The Iranian Cultural Center in the Philippines organized a Quran memorization competition at the Blue Mosque in Manila, the capital city. According to the center, the "Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)" Dar-ol-Quran at the blue mosque…

Philippines: Muslims 'being profiled' under martial law

SHAFAQNA - Muslims on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines are being profiled by President Rodrigo Duterte’s security forces as the government battles pockets of Islamist militants that have pledged allegiance to Isis. Mindanao, the…

Philippine Officials Propose ‘Muslims Only’ ID

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SHAFAQNA - Philippine authorities are threatening to further single out Muslims as part of official counterterrorism efforts. This week, authorities in Central Luzon in the northern Philippines proposed imposing a mandatory identification…

Philippine Muslims Fear Marawi Fighting May Deepen Communal Discord

SHAFAQNA - When a small army of militants allied to Islamic State took over parts of Marawi City in the southern Philippines last month, many of the country's Muslims were alarmed. Although the Christian-majority Philippines has endured…

Philippine sectarian bloodshed unites Muslims and Christians

SHAFAQNA - They were devout Christians, but it was Islamic prayers that would ultimately save their lives. Islamist militants in black masks were stationed on bridges – the only way out of the besieged city of Marawi – looking for Christian…

Did You Know ISIS is Now in The Philippines? Here’s What You Aren’t Being Told

SHAFAQNA - “A group of heavily-armed militants from a group linked to Isis have reportedly stormed a city in the Philippines and engaged in firefights with the national army.” According to Reuters, Manila has mobilized attack helicopters…

AFP to include Muslims in recruitment quotas

SHAFAQNA - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is set to allocate a portion of its recruitment quotas for Muslim applicants. In a statement on Saturday, April 15, AFP Public Affairs Office chief Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo said that…

Militants still holding 25 hostages in Philippines: Defense chief

SHAFAQNA - The Philippine defense chief said Monday that 25 hostages are still being held by terrorists in the southern Philippines but urged that no ransom be paid for their release. Delfin Lorenzana also told a security forum in Singapore…

Muslims of Philippines: Struggling for dignity, freedom and equality

SHAFAQNA - Muslims of Philippines break my heart. They are beautiful, devoted and sincere, but also poor, marginalized and living directly or indirectly under the shadow of war for nearly 400 years. Muslim presence in the islands that…

Philippine President wants U.S. special forces out of southern islands

SHAFAQNA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday called for the withdrawal of U.S. special forces troops from a group of islands in the southern Philippines, saying their presence could complicate offensives against terrorist militants notorious…

Muslims and Christians in the Philippines find tolerance through food sharing

SHAFAQNA - There is a small “halo-halo” outlet in Sultan Kudarat’s seaside Lebak town helping sustain almost unnoticeably the solidarity among local Muslim and Christian folks for three decades now. The “R. Alarcon Snack Haus,”…