Bro. Mohammad Soria, former Catholic Priest passed away last Sunday night and we buried him yesterday at Montalban, right after Dhur prayer. He was 67 years old.
Bro. Mohammad was once a Sociologist, Historian and Professor at the Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, Adamson University, San Carlos Seminary, etc. He was assigned as Parish Priest at the University of the Philippines where he also studied Islamic Studies at the Islamic Institute, University of the Philippines with the intention of finding faults/criticizing Islam. He was also a long time Parish Priest at the Camarin Church in Caloocan City.
While studying at the Islamic Institute, University of the Philippines, there he found the real teachings of Islam and he finally decided to declare Shahada. It was Bro. Ibrahim Mata who has been contacted by Professor Jul Kepli, a Professor at the University of the Philippines to come administer the Shahada - Alhamdulillah. That was in the early part of 2003.
After a year of being a Muslim, Bro. Mohammad Soria was given the chance to go to Qassim, Saudi Arabia to be a Da'iya and to further improve his knowledge of Islam, especially on Tawheed. That was in the middle part of year 2004.
After a year and a half of staying in Qassim, he returned to the Philippines and he got married to a Sister who newly reverted to Islam too. Brother Mohammad was 63 years old that time. That was in the early part of 2006.
From July to September 2006, he was appointed to be the Principal of the Islamic Studies, Call and Guidance School (ISCAG School). In fact when the representatives of DepEd visited ISCAG School and had meeting with Bro. Mohammad Soria, they commented that he is Highly/Over qualified to the position. He was not able to continue due to the distance of Dasmarinas, Cavite and Cainta - where he permanently stay and for some health reasons. But from time to time, he still kept visiting ISCAG with his wife and we likewise visited him at Cainta.
Brother Mohammad Soria was suffering from Diabetes and Fatty bones. Last Sunday evening, we received various text messages, stating that Bro. Mohammad Soria is not breathing anymore for 30 minutes until we received the final message that he passed away.
Yesterday - Monday, 7 July, we buried him at the Muslim Cemetery in Montalban, Rizal. The brothers who were there are members of the Philippine National Police, including the Chief of the Al Salaam Police, Col. Ahirun Ajirim. Brothers who were also present are: Prof. Jul Kepli from the University of the Philippines, Yusuf Ledesma, Ibrahim Mata, Jamil Almarez, Nuh Caparino, Ibrahim Quiamson, Abdulrahman Martin (who led the Janaza prayer), etc. etc. etc.
Brother Mohammad is very well-known, especially to his former colleagues who are Catholic Priests, whom we use to meet during our past Interfaith Dialogue programs.
We sincerely pray that Bro. Mohammad Soria be blessed with Paradise (Ameen).
Jazokom Allahu Khairan for your prayers and Baraka Allahu Fikom.
Read More on Bro. Mohammad (Fr. Stan) on these links
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