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Cum Laude shares experience being a Muslim in UST

Cum Laude shares experience being a Muslim in UST

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  • Jomana Lumangco says she did not get discriminated against, not even once
  • Realizes faith is all about being human and caring for others

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) is one of the most famous Christian institutions in the country.

Theology classes are required, regardless of the major. Those who are not Christian are not required to perform Catholic practices.

Jomana Lomangco, a Muslim student, shared what was like for her to study at a big Christian university like UST.

She said that she never felt discriminated against during the five years she spent at the university. The people in the university accepted her for who she was.

“NEVER have I felt discriminated in the four walls of the university. NEVER have I felt less just because I’m a Muslim. NEVER did they leave me out just because of my faith.”

She stated that she learned a lot at UST and the most important thing isn’t religion; it is all about being a human. Not pushing your beliefs and ideology on other individuals is significant.

“To be of a certain faith, may it be Christianity or Islam, is to be HUMAN. And to be human is to respect and accept each other in spite of the differences in our beliefs.”

Jomana learned that although there are significant differences between religions, there are also a lot of similarities.

“As a Muslim who took up a few Theology courses, I’ve learned to look at our similarities rather than our differences. And I think that’s exactly what this world needs.Maraming salamat, UST! Thank you for making me feel that I belong. 💛”

Jomana graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Accountancy.

Her post has nearly 35 likes.

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Love conquers all: A couple held both Christian and Muslim weddings to show respect for each other’s religions

Love conquers all: A couple held both Christian and Muslim weddings to show respect for each other’s religions

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  • A couple, whose belief was taken over by love, and many years of relationship, finally got married
  • They both held Islam and Catholic marriage ceremonies
  • Both fathers are known to be strict with their respective religious practices, but have agreed to compromise for the wedding of their children

Marriage is a bond where two people are bound to love each other for eternity, and religion is a belief of faith to one supernatural being they call GOD. With two people who love each other, despite having different religions, was blessed with respect on their different beliefs.

Both Christian and Muslim religions strictly follow their belief and practices that sometimes lead to misunderstanding and arguments. Some would have avoided having a relationship with those from other religions, because one must sacrifice to which belief should be followed.

Unlike this couple, whose belief was taken over by love after many years of relationship, and finally got married.

Twitter user @itsairidesu posted on twitter the story of her sister’s wedding to her long-time Muslim boyfriend. What was unusual is that they both held Islam and Catholic marriage ceremonies. The couple received so much respect that both families have decided to unite, as she also wished that the world could do the same.

Conflicts among religious denominations, especially Catholics and Muslims, have been one of the problems not only in our country, but also the whole world. Because of this conflict, many civilians have lost their loved ones and home.

Though the government is already having their blueprint to solve this conflict, until now, it hasn’t been agreed upon and, thus, have not united in peace.

The wedding of Airi’s sister gives us hope that someday both religions would learn to compromise with each other, and respect each other’s belief for the love of its people.

Like both the fathers of the couple, who are known to be strict with their respective religious practices, have agreed to compromise for the wedding of their children.

Truly, love conquers everything.

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Pope Francis shows common touch as he visits a Muslim family in Milan

Pope Francis shows common touch as he visits a Muslim family in Milan

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Common Touch

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Pope Francis visits Muslim family

As the Pope Francis takes a trip to Italy‘s business capital to visit homes of working-class families, no one expected that it includes a Muslim household.

The pope showed the common touch as he skipped the city’s grand center to visit three small apartments, one of which is Milhoual Abdel Karim‘s house. He is a Muslim immigrant from Morocco who lives there with his three children and wife. Karim teaches Arabic in their place.

“It was very emotional. It was like having a friend in the house,” said Karim, a pharmaceutical factory worker.

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The Pope was offered gifts by the family

The pope was offered delicacies and gifts by the Muslim family, and the children even gave him a heartwarming drawing.

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Karim’s children offered drawings that surely melt the Pope’s heart

After visiting them, he dropped by on an elderly Italian couple’s house, both of whom have major health problems.

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Robin Padilla wears ‘Pope supports BBL’ shirt to Congress

Robin Padilla wears ‘Pope supports BBL’ shirt to Congress

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Converted Muslim action star Robin Padilla urged congress to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), now called the proposed Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, on his personal visit to the House of Representatives last June 1, Monday.  Padilla, who was wearing a red long-sleeved shirt with an imprint of Pope Francis’s face in front of the shirt and Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano’s at the back, thanked lawmakers who passed the bill and called on the others to do the same.

An excerpt of the Pope’s commendation to the Philippine government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for brokering a peace deal after 17 years of negotiations which was issued during his five-day state and pastoral visit to the Philippines, was also printed on Padilla’s shirt at the bottom of the pontiff’s picture. The quote reads, “I note with pleasure that last March an agreement was signed to end long years of tension in the Philippines.”

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“I note with pleasure that last March an agreement was signed to end long years of tension in the Philippines”. Photo Credit: isqed-asia.org

 

On the back of his shirt, the words “The Holy Father of the Catholic Church supports the BBL. Are you taking the side of the Pope or the side of this politician?” were inscribed on top of Sen. Cayetano’s picture. “Mas maraming teroristang Kristyano (There are more Christian terrorists)“, was also added at the bottom.

While Padilla is a supporter of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Cayetano is the exact opposite.  After the incident of the Fallen 44 in Maguindanao last January, which was allegedly believed to be the doing of the MILF, Cayetano withdrew his support and opposed the passing of the law.

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While Padilla is a staunch supporter of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Cayetano is the exact opposite. Photo Credit: gmanetwork.com

Padilla admitted that he himself had doubts about the law when it was first introduced, but after his inquiries were answered by the government peace panel, he realized the whole country can benefit from it. While he understands that not all legislators would agree to the bill, he emphasized Pope Francis’s support on the peace process.

Kahit ito’y usaping Muslim, ito’y suportado ng Simbahang Katolika. Wala na tayong mahihiling pa (It is a Muslim issue, but the Catholic church supported it. What more can we ask for?)”, he said.

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