Pink mosque symbolizing peace
Pink mosque symbolizing peace. Christians built a mosque of pink color for Muslims in the Philippines. Pink Mosque, or Masjid Dimaukom, was built in 2014 in the municipality of Datu Saudi Ampatuan (province of Maguindanao, Philippines) to the beginning of the month of Ramadan. According to the mayor Samsodin Dimaukom, on whose initiative the mosque was built, the pink color of the building represents peace, love and understanding. Also pink – a favorite color of his wife. The land where the mosque was built was a property of the mayor’s family. The mosque was built by Christian workers, which also intended to symbolize the unity and inter-religious brotherhood. By order of the mayor, in pink have been repainted the mayor’s office, police stations, markets and other buildings.
Islam in the Philippines is professed by 5% of the population, 80.9% are Roman Catholic, 11.6% – Protestantism, and part of the Filipinos adhere to the traditional pagan beliefs. The majority of Muslims are concentrated in the southern Philippines, where there is a Moro Islamic Liberation Front and periodically flare up armed conflicts on religious grounds. The municipality of Datu Saudi-Ampatuan in the province of Maguindanao, has a population of 20,330 people in 5,134 households, according to the 2010 census.