Born in the City of Golden friendship, I grew up in the Queen City of the South. I spent 17 years of my Christian life in studying the Bible and as a Catholic scholar before turning my attention to studying Islamic history, culture, and religion. At Capitol University, I majored in English and minored in Linguistics, while completing the prerequisites of Literature. After finally embracing Islam on November 7, 2003, I went on to study my first Arabic language and Islamic Law at Ma’had al-Ma’rif Ash-Shar’i, where I also lead the Jama’ah in Masjid Lagun Quarry and taught the people there.
During my practice and study of my new faith, I interacted with different schools of thought and Da’wah Organizations. I had my first own radio block-time program when I was 19 years old in Bukidnon, and by that time I was engaged in dialogue with Christian evangelists and missionaries. I stayed as one of the pioneer students when the Risale-i Nur from Turkey came to the Phillipines but later on I left them because of their misguidance. It was during that time when I also met the heretical Ahmadiyyah Lahore Jama’ah from the United States who were originally from India.
I started my own radio program at Mellow Touch FM in Cagayan de Oro last 2011 and the program is still going on presently. Thereafter, I left for Saudi Arabia to work in the ministry of religion, and as a translator and da’iyyah at the Da’wah Office and Jaliyat of Yanbu al-Sinaiyah, where I used to teach about the deen. I also had the oppurtunity to be invited and to visit the different Islamic centers in the Kingdom: in Makkah, Madina, Jeddah, Jizan, Tabuk… to deliver a speech or a lecture. It was during this time that I had the privilege of meeting with scholars and study with them.
Now, I have decided to stay in the Philippines to continue this noble work of teaching and spreading the truths of my belief. I founded Islamic Da’wah Organizations in the country and now I am residing at San Enrique Negros Occidental as the Imam and Khatib of Masjid al-Mansour.
About this blog
As I continue my interdisciplinary studies of religion, faith, and life, this blog is a place for some of my finished work, as well as lots of projects that are in process or ideas that are just rumbling around in my mind. Please feel free to comment and engage.
How did I became a Muslim
My story of accepting Islam is nothing special.
Although, I consider it to be the most special day of my life and a focal point of change in all aspect of myself; from my diet, to my mindset, my ideology, belief and physical appearance. Diet because as a Muslim I have become more concerned about the foods that I eat, and physical appearance because I already started to grow my beard which I previously thought was grotisque.
It happened 14 years ago during my life as an education student, but as far as I can remember my interest in studying the ethnic cultures of the maranao tribe, who are known to be Muslims, started long way ahead.
I was a student of Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro, and I am actively participating in their religious fora. In this event, I met a Muslim sister who is unlike any other lady. She was so refined and disciplined. She was the only one who is wearing her uniforms with sleeves down to the wrist and a long skirt down to her ankles, and wearing her hijab like covering her whole body. I was so suprised that in the second semester she happens to be my classmate in one subject. So I thought this a good oppurtunity to ask her about their Islamic culture.
Almost everyday we had a good and satisfying conversation. I can still feel that she is not comfortable talking to me, as she keeps reminding me to keep distance and to talk only about academic matters and topics related to religion. She doesn’t even look at me in the eye. I was thinking that maybe she is afraid that other Muslims might see her talking to a non-Muslim guy. And so we talked about religion where I debated their faith and think of it as obsolete and medieval or ancient faith. I had totally no idea about Islam that time because what I only knew are from dubious sources and biased book and news, where they portray Islam inaccurately. Eveytime I tried to explain to her the divinity and superiority of Jesus as the son of God and as the savior of humanity, she always had what seems to be a ready reply and emphasized tawhid to me, a concept that is not unknown to Christianity but has not been given a careful attention. Read more →