Muslim leaders mark 634th year of Sheik Makhdum mosque in Simunul PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 16 November 2014 14:47

SIMUNUL, Tawi-Tawi —  A mention of Simunul is a mention of Sheik Karim-Ul Makhdum, A remembrance of Sheik Karim-Ul Makhdum (SKM) is a remembrance of Islam, declared Tawi Tawi Provincial Governor  Nurbert M. Sahali Friday last week.

Mufti Ustadz Abdulwahid Inju dwelling on the Divine Inspiration of the Noble Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad SAW citing largely - “so take what the Prophet Muhammad SAW gives you and refrain from what he prohibits you (Qur’an 59.7)”

SKM was an Arab missionary who first built said mosque in 1380 in Simunul.

Cabinet Secretaries of ARMM DENR Kahal Q. Kedtag, DPWH Engr.Emil K. Sadain, Atty. Jamar A. Kulayan,  Dir. Engr. Baintan A. Ampatuan, Treasurer Kanggo M. Umal, RPMA Gen. Mgr. Prof. Hanie Bud, DOTC Director IV Engr. Pama P. Dimapanat,  Sec. Norkhalila Mambuay-Campong,    ASec Numeiry Jalani (Tawi-Tawi) and ASec. Hja. Irene P. Tillah (Sulu) were among a few of those present at the Simunul visit.

It shall be recalled that Tawi Tawi celebrated her 41st Kamahardikaan November instant being a part of a whole then-Sulu .

Further, a well-known historian of Sulu, Dr. Hannbal Bara, wrote stating that Rajah Baginda (1390-1460) was a prince, a renown statesman, who came from Menang Kabaw, Sumatra, Indonesia, to Sulu in 1380 AD accompanied by a dozen of Manteri (minister), farmers, carpenters and armed escorts.

Rajah Baguinda, meaning Great Leader, introduced a system of governance for the datu in Sulu, which came to be called now in modern parlance, “Local Governance and Public Administration” in the province.

Being busy in  disseminating the “Tenets of Islam”, peace pact or “pagsapa” ensued.

One of the most-celebrated children, Parmaysuli, married an Arab Sharif-ul Hashim (Sayyed Abu Bkr) who was in Sulu for the last leg of his tour to spread Islam in Southeast Asia.

After Baguinda’s death in early 15th century, the Ruma Bitchara (House of Congress) unanimously elected Abubakar as successor. Against all odds, the political reforms the latter introduced finally led to the peaceful inauguration of the Sultanate of Sulu in 1450 of which influence spread to Visayas and Luzon.

As rejoined by Clem M. Bascar of the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), the Sultanates of Sulu and Maguindanao were not parties to the Treaty of Paris (Philippines was sold by Spain to America by 20M dollars in December 10th, 1898 when Deed of 1878 –Sulat Pajak Sandakan- was drawn 20 years earlier) and were never under the sovereignty of the Crown of Spain for they were not colonized nor conquered.

Further, for the record in 1906 and 1920, the United States of America formally reminded Great Britain that North Borneo did not belong to the Crown and was still part of the Sultanate of Sulu (Bates Treaty).

Moreover, In one of his official visits to Indonesia, Hadji Sadikul A. Sahali, the former governor of Tawi Tawi,said before the peace panels that before the MNLF was the Robert Bacon Bill of 1929 (American Congress).

Elder Sahali shared in his little limited ways which Ummah now enjoy to date a Tausug translation alongside the Arabic version of the Noble Qur’an. It took ten (10) years for his created committee of religious scholars to complete the task.

Moreover, records showed that during the reign of Sultan Muhammad Fadlun Pulalun (1842-1862) American Congress sent for Charles Wilkes, an American naval officer and explorer. He led the United States Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842  explored the actual existence of the Sulu Sultanate (see inscription of photo attached).

The Department of Foreign of Affairs of the Philippines on one hand has the full translation of the Sulat Pajak Sandakan of which part thereof says “non-tranferrable and a rent worth 5000 dollars  be paid annually to the heirs of the Sultanate (Kiram’s are receipients to date).”

The late American General William A. Kobbe who succeeded Bates once said that “the Moro (Spanish term for Moors) are like the best of the North American Indians…in love of independence, dignity and pride.” – Hadja Jing Sabayle/09057392246