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History of the Moro Few can deny the importance of Islamic culture throughout the history of the world Their far-reaching expansion even reached as far as the Philippine Islands of South East Asia Muslims have had an important impact in Filipino culture and continue to influence the islands even to this day Being a Filipino myself I feel it is important to learn about every aspect of the culture from which I am from Islams entrance into the Philippines was from Philippine participation in the international trade which extended from Morocco to China a trade practically controlled by Muslim merchants of diverse nationalities but mainly Arabs However Muslims came before Islamization The process of the Islamization of Moroland Mindanao Sulu Basilan Tawi-Tawi and Palawan also presently known as Southern Philippines which is about 33 percent of the total land territories of the Philippines first started in Sulu Archipelago towards the end of 13th century estimated to be in 1280 CE through the missionary effort of a certain Tuan Mashaikha who married there and established the first Islamic community Thereafter it was reported that Tuan Mashaikha was followed by a Muslim missionary named Karim-ul- Makhdum around the second half of the 14th century Through Rajah Baguinda who came at the beginning of the 15th century the political element in the Islamization process was introduced It was his son-in-law Abu Bakar whom he had designated as his successor who started the Sulu Sultanate In mainland Mindanao Islam was first introduced into Maguindanao areas by a certain Sharif Awliya from Johor around 1450 Like the preachers of Islam in Sulu he was also said to have married to a local lady who gave him a daughter When Sharif Awliya left a certain Sharif Maraja also from Johor came and stayed in Slangan area and married the daughter of Sharif Awliya Later around 1515 Sharif Kabungsuwan also from Johor with Arab descent arrived
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