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Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Unity of the Sultanate of Maguuindanao

The Sultanate of Maguindanao was established by Shariff Kabunsuan to awaken the leadership in the hearts of the Maguindanao people. Stewardship could be the possible motivation behind the birth of the Sultanate.

However, as time progressed, the concept of leadership in Maguindanao stayed stagnant, looking at it as a personal property that should not be transferred to anyone outside the family.

This is the very reason that I am passionate about giving a second look at the concept of 'DATUISM' --not to enforce authority on the non-royalties, but to use royalty as the means to improve the lot of the poor.

I must admit, that being a part of the Sultanate is not fame or privilege but more on the responsibility to the poor.

NO, I am not talking about feeding the poor, nor sustaining the dole-out mentality, but to serve as a conduit to assist and help them feed themselves.

If I could see the entire Sultanate of Maguindanao, with ALL the royal families coming together as one to lobby for the indigent, then I think I have served my part.

This is my commitment as a descendant of Apo Sultan Kudarat.♥

Friday, May 4, 2012

The Sultans of Maguindanao (1515 to present)

The Sultans of Maguindanao from 1515 to the present.

Shariff Muhammad Kabunsuan was the father of the Maguindanao Sultanate.

He was the great great grandfather of Sultan Muhammad Dipatuan Kudarat.

Sultan Kudarat was my paternal roots.

Maguindanao is a poor province, found in Mindanao, covered by the

Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in the Philippines.

Here is the complete list of the Maguindanao Sultanate.

1.Shariff Muhammad Kabunsuan ( 1515)

2. Shariff Makaalang (1543)

3. Datu Bangkaya (1574)

4. Datu Dimasangkay Adil (1579-1584)

5. Datu Gogo Sarikula (1585-1597)

6. Kapitan Laut Buisan (1597-1619)

7. Sultan Muhammad Dipatuan Kudarat I(1619-1671)

8. Sultan Mohamad Dundang Tidulay (1671-1672)

9. Sultan Muhammad Baranaman (1672-1699)

10.Sultan Jamalal Alam Kuda (1699-1702)

11. Sultan Bayanol Anuar (1702)

12. Sultan Jadar Sedik Manamin (1733)

13. Sultan Tahirudin Malinog (1736)

14. Sultan Pakir Maulana Kairodin Kamsa (1749)

15. Sultan Pakarudin Almanza (1755)

16. Sultan Asmodin Kibad Saharival ( 1780-1805)

17. Sultan Kawasa Anwar (1805-1830)

18. Sultan Jamolal Alam Untong (1830-1854)

19. Sultan Makakua ( 1854-1884)

20. Sultan Jalalodin Pablo (1884-1895)

21. Sultan Manginggra (1896-1906)

22. Sultan Hijaban Mastura Kudarat III (1907-1927)

23. Sultan Tato Esmael (1938-1991)

24. Sultan Abdulaziz Guiwan Mastura Kudarat IV( 1993)

25. Sultan Salem Mastura Kudarat V( 2011 to present)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

➨ Does Islam Promote Violence? (18,000 views)

➨ Does Islam Promote Violence? (18,000 views)



❝ I am posting this for all to know the truth that Islam does not promote war nor aggression but collective peace.


A. There is a misquoted verse in the Holy Qur'an used by anti-Islam groups to mislead the public. As a peaceful Muslim, I find it my obligation to clarify this error.

ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF PEACE. If those who use Islam as a tool to hurt others or to get what they want in the guise of religion is condemnable. Extremism is not welcome if peace is to be pursued.

B. I DO NOT TAKE SIDES in the name of peace and truth. Everyone deserves PEACE. You and I want peace, for it is a right that everyone must enjoy regardless of faith and beliefs.

It is my belief that the mind is capable of RESPECTING all ideologies to promote peace by recognizing the rights of everyone regardless of their political creed and faith.

The protagonist in my eyes is the fair and humble man who wants peace at all cost and the antagonist is the man who wants the war to institute his personal vested interest in the guise of using a noble cause, while inside his soul is the decaying fiber of hatred and anger.

Thanks to Flickr for allowing me to spread the words in my mind, and that is for peace and kindness to rule in the heart of everyone or in the soul of every mind. ❞ ---Princess Maleiha Bajunaid Candao


( A credit to Abdul Rehman for his cited verses in the Holy

1. Does Islam promote violence, bloodshed, and brutality since the Qur’an says that Muslims should kill the kuffar wherever they find them?

ANSWER: NO. Let us study the following misquoted verses of the Holy Qur'an used by those who want to perpetuate the myth that Islam promotes violence, and exhorts its followers to kill those outside the faith of Islam.

2.What is the particular verse cited by Islam critics to distort Islam as a religion?

This verse: "Kill the mushriqeen (pagans, polytheists, kuffar) wherever you find them". [Al-Qur’an 9:5]

This verse is OFTEN USED by the critics of Islam to show that
Islam promotes violence, bloodshed, and brutality. They cite this to support their BIASED theory motivated by religious hatred by identifying Islam with TERRORISM which is the EXACT PROHIBITION IN THE Holy Qur'an.

WHY do the critics of Islam intentionally MISQUOTE this verse? The answer is simple: to show that Muslims WILL NOT SPARE non-Muslims if only to follow this verse and put it in practice. This is an act that ABSOLUTELY DISTORTS the essence of Islam and the ANTI-THESIS OF WHAT ISLAM IS.

This verse SHOWS ONLY A PART of the entire message in the HOLY QUR'AN. What the critics DID NOT SHOW are the ENTIRE VERSES which is composed of Surah 1,2,3,4,5,6,7. The intentional skip by not mentioning the other related verses explains the motive of the critics-- TO MISEDUCATE about Islam.

By citing only this particular verse, it provokes MISUNDERSTANDING among the Muslims and the non-Muslims which will lead to an impression that ISLAM is a militant faith and purely anti non-Muslims. If you believe this, you become a victim of the hate campaign against Islam.

Now, in order to understand the entire message of the Holy
Qur'an, let me, therefore, cite the hidden and intentionally
deleted SURAH 6 by the critics of ISLAM.

It says:
"If one amongst the pagans ask thee for asylum, grant it to him, so that he may hear the word of Allah; and then escort him to where he can be secure that is because they are men without knowledge." [Al-Qur’an 9:6]

What message do you get from this verse? The act of FORGIVENESS, right? But staunch critics of Islam like Arun Shourie in India DID NOT CITE SURAH 6 for obvious reasons. What he kept citing in his arguments is VERSE 5 of Chapter 9 of the holy Qur'an.

Shourie quotes verse 5 of Surah Taubah chapter 9 in his
book "The World of Fatwahs’, on page 572. After quoting verse 5 he jumps to verse 7 of Surah Taubah. Any sensible person will realize that he has skipped verse 6.


Chapter 9 of the Holy Qur'an is not a message of war but
of Forgiveness. That even if war has to be made against those who violated the rights of Muslims or have transgressed them to serve their evil purpose, still, FORGIVENESS MUST BE GIVEN TO THOSE who seek for it.

Here, please read the lines of this verse:
"But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if
they repent, and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity, then open the way for them: for Allah is oft-forgiving, Most merciful."[Al-Qur’an 9:5]

If you will only read the first part about killing and delete the last lines, you will be guilty of "kitman"..the intentional deletion of important lines in a verse to produce a different "hostile and violent" meaning.

4. WHAT is the REAL STORY behind CHAPTER 9 of the Holy Quran?

Chapter 9 discussed a history of a PEACE TREATY between the Muslims and the Mushriqs (pagans) of Makkah during that time when the following verse was written. The peace treaty was violated by the Mushriqs of Makkah. To consider preserving peace, the Muslims gave the Mushriqs a period of four months to amend their ways otherwise war would be declared against them.

TAKE NOTE of the fairness exercised by the Muslims during that time.: PATIENCE was given to the violators and there was no immediate declaration of war against them. But this point is obviously hidden by Muslim critics.The reason is obvious. It will make their argument ineffective against Islam.

Why many continue to adhere to this distorted belief is beyond my mind, but it is of prime importance that the truth must be told to correct a wrong.

4. Miseducation and hate campaign against Islam:

Surah Taubah chapter 9 verse 5 are being used by the critics of Islam as justification to their allegation that Islam promotes violence, brutality, and bloodshed.

In the present international scenario, a true Muslim army General, during a battle, may let the enemy soldiers go free if they want peace. But which army General will ever tell his soldiers this message if the motive is to subdue or exterminate?

The truth about Islam is granting forgiveness to enemies who repents and secure them in the name of Allah. What is the point of killing?

A true Muslim does not use religion to oppress and terrorize innocent civilians.

This is exactly what Allah (SWT) says in the Glorious Qur’an to promote peace in the world.

Link to this article: https://www.flickr.com/photos/princessmaleihabajunaidcandao/3302218668/

Monday, April 9, 2012

The war evacuess in Mindanao

A photo captured sometime in 2003 in Pikit, North Cotabato showing the sad situation of the war evacuees in that place. Together with some concerned allies for peace, we went to the place to check on their condition.

Then and now, Mindanao's war zones have been the site of violence launched by previous administrations of this country after the peace talks between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front failed in the past.

The 2016 President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Roa Duterte has vowed to bring peace to Mindanao. In Sha Allah.

Thursday, March 8, 2012


Sagayan is a Philippine war dance performed by both the Maguindanao and Maranao depicting in dramatic fashion the steps their hero, Prince Bantugan, took upon wearing his armaments, the war he fought in and his subsequent victory afterward.

Performers, depicting fierce warriors would carry a shield with shell noisemakers in one hand and double-bladed sword in the other attempting rolling movements to defend their master.(Wikipedia)

Photo credit: http://ferdhcabrera.blogspot.com/2013_02_01_archive.html