Kaya namin itinayo ang Madrasa para hindi maligaw ang landas ng aming mga anak. Madrasa is a school teaching Islamic Religion and Arabic Education. Itinayo namin ang Madrasa noong 1999. Noon, kung saan-saan kami nagka-conduct ng klase, sa mosque, sa labas nito, kung saan-saan. Minsan nauulanan kami kaya tumatakbo kami sa Mosque para sumilong. Nanghingi kami ng donasyon sa mga nagsisimba sa mosque para makapagpatayo ng classrooms. Sampung piso kada tao, sampung piso kasi ang presyo ng hollow blocks noon. Marami naman ang nagsisimba na tumulong. Nasa 300 ang estudyante namin ngayon. Our students are mixture of many tribes, the Maranaos, the Tausug but the majority is Maranao. Yung mga past students namin, may bumalik sa Mindanao, siya naman ang principal sa Madrasa doon. Mayroon kaming mga naging pre-school teachers naman. May dati akong student na nasa Jordan, may isang nasa Kuwait, nasa Medina, mayroon din sa Malaysia at Indonesia. Last June, nakasalubong ko ang dalawa kong estudyante sa Indonesia. Masaya ang naging usapan namin. They are grateful that they'e part of the student body here. Nagsimula ang Islamic Center dito noong 1960, noon ako nagsimulang tumira sa Quiapo. Galing ako sa Marawi City. Iyong discrimination matagal na yun eh, we are discriminated. The Muslims are victims of history. When we apply in a certain work, when we fill up with a Muslim name, they don’t hire us. Ang pinsan ko nung nag-apply bilang sales lady sa isang mall, qualified naman siya, she passed everything pero hindi siya tinanggap. Siguro kung iibahin niya ang Muslim name niya tatanggapin siya. Pinauwi ko na lang siya sa Mindanao, doon ko siya pinag-apply. I'm hoping and praying that the Christian and Muslim will understand each other. I hope that someday we won’t be bothered of our religion but our brotherhood, para umunlad tayo.

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