Jamiatu Muslim Mindanao

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Jamiatu Muslim Mindanao
Jamiatu Muslim Mindanao (crest).png
Type Private Schools, nonsectarian
Established 1956
Founder Late Sheikh Ahmad Bashir
President Mahdi Ahmad Basher[1]
Students approx. 1200+[citation needed]
Location Amai Pakpak Ave., Darussalam-Matampay, Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, Philippines
Campus JMM Campus: 3 hectares[2][3]
Colors Pink, White, Black
              [citation needed]
Athletics Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Baseball, Badminton, Chess
Nickname Matampay[citation needed]
Affiliations League of Islamic Universities, ARTVET, MINTVET[citation needed]
Website www.jmm.edu.ph

The Jamiatu Muslim Mindanao (JMM) (English: University of Muslim Mindanao) is one of the oldest and biggest Madaris in the Philippines.[4] It was established by financial backing from the Agama Islam Society in 1956 by the late Sheikh Ahmad Basher, his devoted companions from the Ulama (Ustad) and Traditional (Cali) Group.[5] Its English Department was founded in 1987 through Board Resolution No. 1-87, series of 1987 and sought the government recognition in accordance with the provisions of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports (MECS) Order No. 24, series of 1985, also known as “Guidelines and Standards for the Recognition and Operation of Madaris.”[6][7] In the same year, Ma’had Mindanao Al-Arabie Al-Islamia was changed and adopted its present name.[8]

JMM is one of the few Arabic schools (madaris or madrasa) in the country[9] offering the complete levels of Islamic education — kindergarten, complete elementary, complete secondary and college courses.[10] Over the years, the JMM, after overcoming many challenges and operational problems has continued to exist as the living bastion of Islamic and Arabic studies and remained as a non-profit, non-stock educational institution of higher learning with 132 branches throughout the Philippines, predominantly in Mindanao. JMM is an active member of the League of Islamic Universities based in Cairo, Egypt. It was even voted as a member of the Executive Council in its General Assembly Meeting held in Amman, Jordan in 1999.[8]

In attaining its vision to produce peace-loving and development-oriented men and women, the JMM has graduated thousands of serviceable public servants; some are renowned and notable ones who have made good names in public service[11] with their field of studies. Former ARMM vice-governor, Mahid Mutilan was the most prominent one.[citation needed]

In furtherance of its objectives to produce men and women who will be proficient in English and Arabic, JMM offers a Certificate of Proficiency in English Language (COPEL).[11]


Origin and being[edit]

The Jamiatu Muslim Mindanao in Marawi City was established and headed by late Sheikh Ahmad Basher, who served as founding President from 1956 until 1989.[8]

Founding members of the Board of Directors[edit]

  • Sheikh Ahmad Basher (founding president and chairman)
  • Sheikh Ali S. Usudan (member)
  • Sheikh Mohammad Satar (member)
  • Sheikh Ibrahim Sharief (member)
  • Sheikh Ibrahim Nadeer (member)
  • Sheikh Abdul Majid Manalocon "Cali sa Macadar" (member)
  • Hadji Omar Macarimbang (member)
  • Hadji Mustafa Pacaambung (member)
  • Hadji Abdulmadid Imam (member)
  • Hadji Ali Minodar (member)
  • Hadji Usman Paporo (member)
  • Hadji Nasruddin Basman (member)
  • Hadji Cali Ghulam (member)
  • Hadji Rascal Cali (member)
  • Hadji Abdulmadid Cali (member)
  • Atty. Mama Busran (member)

JMM was started with simple primary education in seven classrooms at the residence of former Lanao del Sur Provincial Governor Abdulgaffor Madki Alonto[12][13][14] in Lolong, Dansalan[8] (Marawi old name). Dansalan was the capital of the undivided Lanao province.[15] This Madrasa was initially named Madrasatul Arabiya, offering preparatory and elementary grades with eight teachers. The first batch had 150 students enrolled. From then on the board of directors started organizing many more madaris in the Mindanao region.[8]

In 1961, an agreement was signed between Sheikh Ahmad and Sheikh Abdurrahman Pacasum, owner of land situated at Pacasum Street, Lumbaca Madaya, Marawi City that part of Sheikh Pacasum's land will be used for the madrasa for 30 years without monetary compensation. Meanwhile, a secondary school was established: Ma’had Mindanao Al-Arabie Al-Islamie.[8]

In 1962, the Agama Islam Academy located in Ganassi, Lanao del Sur was established, offering complete levels of English education until it closed in 1987.[8]

In 1972, the Ma’had Mindanao Al-Arabie Al-Islamie was transferred to Darussalam, Matampay, Marawi City as its main campus. Sheikh Esmail Laut Sarip and Lanao del Sur Governor Mohammad Ali Dimaporo assisted sympathetically for the appeal of Sheik Ahmad to his Excellency Philippines Ppesident, Ferdinand E. Marcos, that a portion of land at the site shall be excluded from military reservation pursuant to Proclamation No. 2223, which was signed by the president.[8]

Moreover, a component part of this land was donated to Agama Islam Society by Sultan Tiboron Maruhom, of Guimba, through the benevolent help of then Marawi city mayor, Omar M. Dianalan, and Hadji Mohammad Camote Maruhom.[8]

For many years, it has remained as a madrasa catering to the religious and education needs of the Muslim Filipinos and the Bangsamoro people in the Philippines, particularly in Marawi and the province of Lanao del Sur. In 1987, Ma’had Mindanao Al-Arabie Al-Islamia was changed through board resolution and uses Jamiatu Muslim Mindanao.[8]

In summer of 1987, through Board Resolution No. 1-87, series 1987 and the untiring efforts of Dr. Mohammad Hassoubah, a visiting Professor from Republic of Egypt to the Mindanao State University, Hon. Salipada S. Tamano, former Department of Education ARMM Regional Secretary,[16][17] Dr. Mario Rodriguez, Prof. Marlene H. Tamano, and Prof. Salic L. Mangco the English Department was organized with Jamiatu Muslim Mindanao as its official name. Its education programs are aimed at implementing the kind of education recommended by the First World Conference on Muslim Education (held in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1977) which is concerned with the teaching of spiritual and material aspects needed by Muslim Filipinos living in a modern Philippine society. Courses offered follow government-approved curriculum and are enriched with Islamic and Arabic overtones.[citation needed]

It is the infinite blessings of the God Almighty, that serve as the prime mover and principal patron in the steady growth of the school from a simple Ma’had in the 1950s to a full grown institution of higher learning both in Arabic and English as it is today with thousands graduates from its main campus alone.

The Jamiatu Muslim Mindanao is now the premier institution of madrasa education not only in Mindanao but also throughout the Philippines.[8]


The JMM campus is located along the Amai Pakpak national highway at Darussalam, Matampay, Marawi City with an area of 29,995 square metres (322,860 sq ft)[2] within its quadrangle fence. It has two concrete buildings, mosque, lady dormitory, social hall, stage, playground for soccer football, basketball, and volleyball are found inside the campus.

Golden jubilee celebration[edit]

On June 11, 2006, the Jamiatu Muslim Mindanao began its week-long golden jubilee celebration.[5] The opening ceremony had reading of the Qur'an and flag raising. Open room exhibits featured displays of projects in disciplines such as science, mathematics, history, and Islamic studies. There were contests, not limited to spelling bee and math quizzes, reading Qur'an competition, sports, etc.[citation needed]

On the occasion of the JMM’s 50th anniversary, Mr. Ismael Saleh, the secretary-general of Jamiatu Muslim Mindanao said that the university is the first institution in the Philippines to introduce and teach Arabic to many generations of Filipino Muslims. Its Arabic language course is attracting Filipino Muslims and non-Muslims alike, as the booming economy in the Gulf countries is drawing the attention of job-seekers.[5][citation needed]

The celebration was concluded by reminding all its components that the JMM is guided by the idea that Islamic education — which emphasizes, spiritual, moral, physical, intellectual social and technical development — is a panacea for ignorance, poverty, illiteracy, and other social ills.[5][citation needed]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Welcome to the Jamiatu Muslim Mindanao". JMM Website. Retrieved October 19, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Campus Facilities". JMM Website. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ Google Map. "Welcome to the Jamiatu Muslim Mindanao". Google. Retrieved October 19, 2010. 
  4. ^ Panda, Ali B. "Islamic Education and Postmodernism in Philippine Secular State". WAMY Philippines. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d Tago, Abdul Hanan F. (2006-06-13). "Philippines' First Islamic University Celebrates 50th Anniversary". Arab News. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 
  6. ^ MECS Order No. 24, S. 1985 (1985-04-01). "Guidelines and Standards for the Recognition and Operation of the Madaris" (PDF). DepEd Website. Retrieved October 10, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Directory of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)" (PDF). Ched Website. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "History". JMM Website. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  9. ^ Esplanada, Jerry E. (2009-07-20). "Mainstreaming Madrasa". Inquirer Website. Archived from the original on July 24, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Academic Programs". JMM Website. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Major Accomplishments". JMM Website. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Madki Alonto, first Governor of Lanao del Sur, Passes Away". Mindanews Website. Retrieved October 21, 2010. [dead link]
  13. ^ Macabalang, Ali G. (2009-11-17). "Maranaos mourn death of 1st governor of Lanao del Sur". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
  14. ^ Supreme Court. "G.R. No. L-25052". The Law Phil Project. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
  15. ^ Dansalan was the capital of Lanao province Wikipedia. Retrieved October 14, 2010
  16. ^ "MSU holds investiture of its 6th president today". The Philippine Star. 2010-07-01. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
  17. ^ Usman, Edd K.; Macabalang, Ali G. (2009-12-12). "Proposed ARMM abolition gets mixed reactions". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 

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