The Arab News reports that a German news agency believes that the Philippine government is investigating reports of forcible conversions to Islam of Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia.
The allegations were met with an immediate denial by Badr A-Olayan, director of the Islamic Education Foundation. Several Filipino workers were brought forth to deny the story.
|“After seeing this report I had contacted many people working in the field to find out whether any Filipino had been converted to Islam by force. They told me that they had not come across any such incident in the Kingdom,” Olayan said.|
|Filipinos who embraced Islam recently expressed their indignation saying the allegations were aimed at tarnishing the image of Islam and Filipino Muslims.|
|“It’s a ridiculous report, which has no basis at all. At least I can tell you that I embraced this great religion out of my own conviction and without any outside pressure,” one Filipino Muslim told Arab News.|
It remains to be seen whether or not the report is true. If it turns out that Filipino workers start showing up as jihad terrorists, the old Islamic mamluk tradition of slave soldiers may be operative again.
Is history repeating itself? Let’s wait and see what shows up.