Bangsa Moro, personal

My Mother and The First “Modern” Moro Women

April 4 is the birthday of my late mother, Hadja Sitti Rahma Yahya - Abbas. Sometime ago, one of the news talk shows of ANC (ABSCBN News Channel) featured young Moros and labeled them as “Modern Muslims.” For some people, modern means young. Yet the young could be very old-fashioned, dogmatic and narrow-minded. There are… Continue reading My Mother and The First “Modern” Moro Women

Bangsa Moro, History, Newspaper article

"BARAHAMAN, THE FORGOTTEN SULTAN OF MINDANAO

Since I have now abandoned all my websites, I am re-posting my articles in my blogs. Below is another of my full page articles published in The Philippine Post. This was written to commemorate the tercentennial anniversary of the death of Sultan Barahaman (Abdul Rahman) of Maguindanao. ©By Datu Jamal Ashley Abbas Grandson and heir… Continue reading "BARAHAMAN, THE FORGOTTEN SULTAN OF MINDANAO

Bangsa Moro, culture, Newspaper article

The Dragon in Lanao

This is an article I wrote for The Philippine Post (February 26, 2000). I posted this in my websites and in my blog, M-Reality: Body/Mind/Spirit. But in 2009, Blogger removed my blog, as well as numerous other blogs, due to alleged third-party malware. I am re-posting it here. It occupied one whole page in a… Continue reading The Dragon in Lanao

Bangsa Moro, History, Newspaper article, personal, socio-cultural

Sheikh Yahya ibn Hadi and his descendants

Here's an article I wrote more than a decade ago about our great-grandfather Sheikh Yahya ibn Hadi and his descendants in Mindanao and Brunei: "I now know that wars do not end wars," said Henry Ford. For the Moros, wars are simply followed by more wars. Wars usually correspond to turning points in our lives.… Continue reading Sheikh Yahya ibn Hadi and his descendants

Bangsa Moro, History, Newspaper article, political, socio-cultural

Bud Dajo Massacre

Last March 7 was the 105th anniversary of the Battle of Bud Dajo, the massacre of some 600 Moro men, women and children by the officers and men of the United States Armed Forces, with some (Christian) Filipino soldiers. In 1999, I wrote a newspaper article on this episode of Moro history to commemorate the… Continue reading Bud Dajo Massacre