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Filipino Muslims

Filipino Muslims make up about five percent of the Philippine population.
 
MUSLIM TERMS IN PHILIPPINE RELIGION

adat
Islamic customary law that sometimes conflicts with Philippine jurisprudence and thus an issue in Muslim-Christian relations

datu
title for a local Muslim leader

hadji
religious pilgrimage to Mecca made by the Muslim faithful

imam
prayer leader in a mosque

madrasa
an Islamic religious school

naga
stylized serpent used as an artistic motif by Filipino Moslems

Moro
term used for a Moslem in the southern Philippines by the Spanish colonizers who had experienced fighting the Moors of North Africa

okir
curvilinear designs usually of vine and leaf patterns employed by the Philippine’s Muslims

Ramadan
Muslim celebratory month of fasting commemorating the period when Muhammad received the first of the Koran’s revelations from God

sarimanok
legendary bird with a fish in its beak that is often used by Muslim artists

ulama
a Moslem cleric or teacher

zakat
religious tithe paid by pious Muslims for the maintenance of charitable and religious institutions

Zamboanga
Muslim city on the island of Mindanao; Malay settlers called the region Jambangan meaning 'Land of the Flowers'
   

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