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Old issues, new eruption

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“Mad is he?” King George II once snarled about one of his aides. “Then, I hope he’ll bite some of my generals.” It would also be daft if any official here tried to confiscate Korans from Filipino Muslims. Both law and practice buttress liberty of faith.

Posted: January 6th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A hundred names

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Muslims in mosques from Quiapo to Cotabato call Divinity as “Allah.” In Cebu Daily News, an imam writes a weekly column on his faith. Liberties of faith and speech are constitutionally buttressed rights here. Muslims form 5 percent of the population, Catholics 83 percent and Iglesia ni Cristo 2.3 percent.

Posted: October 28th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Observing Ramadan in Christian Manila

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I am a Muslim who has lived the most part of his life in a Christian environment. Far from dreaming to be canonized as the next Mahdi (redeemer), I have tried my human best to observe the tenets and proscriptions of the Holy Koran, including its arcane rituals and prayers. And this tenacity to practice my religion in a Christian setting has caused me untold inconveniences. I am not complaining, but it is a tribulation hardly known to many non-Muslims.

Posted: July 11th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Captives

The release of cameraman Ramelito Vela and soundman Rolando Letrero by the Abu Sayyaf should compel authorities to double their efforts to have Jordanian journalist Baker Abdulla Atyani and other foreign captives of the extremist group also freed. It should also disabuse everyone, especially the Arab press, of the idea that the Abu Sayyaf is a respecter of Islam and Muslims.

Posted: February 8th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘A thousand faces’

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The Muslim Koran mentions her 54 times and devotes the 19th chapter or “sura” to her. Christians call her “our tainted nature’s solitary boast.” Who is this lady they’re talking about? Miriam of Nazareth—and of the Jewish faith.

Posted: December 7th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Islam holds wives in highest respect

IN HIS Oct. 17 column titled “More sticky issues in Bangsamoro talks,” Neal Cruz says: “Among the most difficult is the question of the possession of guns. The government wants the national law on the possession of firearms to also apply to the Bangsamoro. This is very difficult because it is said that Muslims would rather give up their wives but not their guns.”

Posted: November 8th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Free expression and mob rule

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An allegedly anti-Islam trailer has reopened the debate on where the limits to freedom of expression should be. While the movie “Innocence of Muslims” that depicts Mohammad as a fraud, a womanizer and a pedophile has had a very limited release, it is the film’s trailer uploaded on YouTube that has caused massive unrest in Islamic societies.

Posted: September 21st, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A state of jihad

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It spread quicker than a bushfire in a season of drought, crossing continents and oceans, erasing racial divisions, unifying varied ideologies and, ominously and terrifyingly, gathering wind enough to fan an inferno. Is this the beginning of World War III? The enemy: the United States of America, still the world’s superpower that has invaded Afghanistan and Iraq and killed Osama bin Laden, with the primary objective of cornering the world’s oil supply.

Posted: September 17th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Selamat hari raya Idul Fitri

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“Selamat hari raya Idul Fitri” is how I learned to greet people “Happy Idul Fitri holiday” on my first foreign consultancy, in Indonesia in 1970, long before the acronym OFW was coined.

Posted: August 17th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Unveiled

The hijab case has been simmering for some time.

Posted: August 9th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

The veil, and an untold story

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The Muslim community is raging over a recent policy of the Pilar College in Zamboanga City, which is run by the RVM Sisters. The policy bans the wearing of the hijab by Muslim students enrolled in the school.

Posted: August 6th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Learning from success

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Indonesia has been called the “smiling face of Islam.” Where the religion spread through much of the Middle East through military conquest, Islam in Indonesia (and in much of Southeast Asia) was brought in by Arab traders, proselytizing even as they were establishing commercial routes.

Posted: June 5th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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