Islam-Christianity History Revisited

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Islam-Christianity History Revisited


COTABATO CITY - The early Islam-Christianity rapport was revisited Tuesday by the Islamic faithful led by incumbent officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in conjunction with their solemn commemoration of the birth of Prophet Mohammad known as Maulidin Nabi.Maulidin Nabi, which falls on February 15 this year, is one of the national Muslim legal holidays in the Philippines pursuant to Presidential Decree 1083.It is a non-working day in least 10 provinces and six cities in Mindanao to include the ARMM.In the five-province and one-city autonomous region, ARMM acting Gov. Ansaruddin A. Adiong led some of his official family members and several Muslim clerics in saying solemn prayers in the Islamic City of Marawi yesterday, reckoning with the teachings and practices of Prophet Mohammad as the "Last Messenger" to mankind.In one of the grand mosques in Marawi, Islamic scholars recalled how the Prophet and his disciples successfully enjoyed refuge at a nearby Christian-ruled kingdom from the persecution of idolaters including his immediate relatives now in Saudi Arabia.According to Islamic scriptures, the host Christian kingdom was impressed of the recitals of Prophet Mohammad's disciples of verses in a chapter in Qur'an devoted to Virgin Mary and her conception of Jesus.During the eventual spread of Islam Arabia and nearby nations, Prophet Mohammad had sustained amity with the Christian world in pursuit of the prescriptions in other chapters in Qur'an that allow even the marriage of Muslims among the "People of the Book" of Christians.In Tuesday's Maulidin Nabi commemoration, Adiong exhorted his constituents and other Muslim Filipinos to "relive" Prophet Mohammad's teaching on enhancing or sustaining peace and amity with the "true Christians" in this Asia's lone Catholic nation (the Philippines). …

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