CEBU, The Philippines – A team of enthusiastic Muslims cooperating with the UK-based Islamic Education & Research Academy (IERA) has witnessed a miracle on Sunday, November 11, with an entire village in the Philippines converting to Islam.
The iERA team were invited by a Muslim convert, Abu Bakr, to the local mosque in Bantayan Island, in the central Philippines province of Cebu.
“With the help of Abu Bakr, the iERA team prepared dry food packs at Medina Masjid that would be used later that day to distribute to the poor,” the Prophetic Mission page on Facebook wrote.
Arriving at the village, the team organized a symposium to convey the message of Islam to the locals.
“They spoke about the similarities between Islam and Christianity and the true message of Prophet Jesus AS which was to worship Almighty God Alone.”
To the surprise of iERA team, the whole village accepted Islam, with 215 people declaring their shahada or testimony of faith.
“It was an emotional charged moment as the whole village accepted Islam together as one united community.”iERA said.
Muslims make up nearly 8 percent of the total population in the largely Catholic Philippines.
The mineral-rich southern region of Mindanao, Islam’s birthplace in the Philippines, is home to 5 million Muslims.
Islam reached the Philippines in the 13th century, about 200 years before Christianity.
IERA is UK-based registered charity whose sole objective is the advancement of the Islamic faith.
IERA was established to provide support for new Muslims in the first couple of years of their journey, is now holding two of these retreats a year.SOURCE : ABOUTISLAM