Mosques of the Philippines: Travel Stories

Religion is deeply rooted in the Philippines. Different religions, including Christianity and Islam, co-exist in this country. The mosques of our Muslim brothers and sisters , in addition to their religious significance, are architectural marvels that have become tourist attractions. Let us feature these mosques, as seen through the VisitPinas-tagged photos in Instagram.

The Pink Mosque

The Pink Mosque, officially called Masjid Dimaukom, is located in Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao. This photo is courtesy of Thar Dagadas (check his Instagram account, @tharrific22, for more photos).

The Grand Mosque

“It is not about being all the same. It is about respecting differences.” We couldn’t agree more with MAJ FLORES (check her Instagram account, @majflores, for more photos), at the Grand Mosque, Cotabato City, in this photo.

When we asked if visitors need a special permission to enter the Grand Mosque, Maj replied that “they allow visitors to take pictures and roam around. Women should have appropriate attire, no revealing clothes and must cover their hair.”

Masjid Sheik Makdum

The Sheik Karim al Makhdum Mosque in Tubig Indangan, Simunul, Tawi-Tawi, is the oldest mosque in the Philippines. A marker in the mosque reads: “In 1380, an Arabian missionary named Sheik Makdum reached these shores and supervised the construction of this mosque thus marking the introduction of the Muslim Faith in the Philippines. The Sheik’s remains are interred within the mosque’s premises and his memory honored and revered by the people of this community.”

In 2012, a law was passed (Republic Act No. 10573) declaring “Sheikh Karimul Makhdum Mosque located at Tubig Indangam Simunul, Province of Tawi-Tawi, which was constructed in 1380 A.D. and considered as one of the oldest Muslim Houses of Prayer or Mosques in the Philippines” as a “national historical landmark to underscore the immense contribution of the Islamic faith to the enrichment, vibrance and diversity of our culture and civilization.”

This photo of Al Masjid is courtesy of Paul Labiste (check his Instagram account, @wander_paul, for more photos).

[Photos reproduced with permission (thanks). Tag your Philippine travel photos with #visitpinas so we can track it down. Photos will be featured in this blog’s photo of the day and in instagram/VisitPinas, facebook/VisitPinas, twitter/VisitPinas.]

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