Declared as a National Cultural Treasure, the Sheik Karim al Makdum Mosque in Simunul, Tawi-Tawi, is the oldest mosque in the Philippines.
The Mosque is considered as one of the Philippines’ oldest existing Muslim Houses of Prayer. The new historical landmark is located in Tubig Indangan, Simunul in the province of Tawi-Tawi.
It is the oldest mosque in the Philippines and was built by an Arab trader, Sheikh Makhdum Karim in 1380. It was first thought that the pillars of the old mosque found within the current mosque are the pillars of the original built in 1380.
The newly-declared national historical landmark Sheikh Karimul Makhdum Mosque was constructed in 1380 A.D. The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) shall exercise supervision over the preservation of the site and shall issue the necessary rules and regulations to fulfill its functions, the President noted.
Islamic architecture and style is also popular for its intricate designs. A visit to this site gives you a glimpse of the colorful and rich Islamic culture that is prominent in the southern parts of the Philippines.
However, studies from the National Museum of the Philippines have confirmed that the pillars found within the present mosque dates back to the 17th century, making them remnants of a reconstruction of the mosque during the 17th century, and not the 14th century.