Iranun in Philippines

The Iranun have only been reported in Philippines
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Introduction / History

The Ilanunu are a small Filipino Muslim group of sea-based people who are very closely related, culturally and linguistically, to the Maranao and especially to the Maguindanao. Sometimes the Ilanun are numbered among the Maranao, particularly those living along the coast of Lanao del Sur and sometimes they are numbered among the Maguindanao. Historically, the Ilanun, the Maranao and the Maguindanao have been considered separate ethnic groups, though they are descended from common ethnic origins.

Most of the Ilanun are engaged in fishing, while the rest raise food crops along with Muslim and non-Muslim neighbors. Their socio-political organization is governed by traditional and customary laws. They have their own datus and headman. The headman acts as a mediator of dispute and as a facilitator of discussions and meetings.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Ilanun are Muslim and common to all Muslim groups is the performance of the five pillars of Islam. The Ilanun observe these pillars but they are relatively more relaxed about them. The Ilanun also believe in spirits and are in constant fear of them. Thus, there are many animistic rituals that they also observe in addition to Islam.

The Ilanun have resisted every effort to introduce Christianity to them. Their attitude towards Christianity is still marked by indifference. There has been one group trying to reach the Ilanun for a long time but with very minimal results.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Filipino Christian community, especially in the provinces of Lanao del Sur and Mguindanao, to see the need to love, reach out and evangelize the Ilanun.
Pray for protection, wisdom, strength and encouragement for those ministering to the Ilanun.
Pray that God will provide opportunities for the Gospel to be shared with this people.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to open the hearts of the Ilanaun and turn them from indifference towards Christ.
Pray for one new missionary team to live and minister among the Ilanun.
Pray that the centuries of misunderstanding and mistrust between Filipino Christians and Filipino Muslims be removed.


Scripture Prayers for the Iranun in Philippines.


Profile Source:   Asia Missions (AMNET)  

People Name General Iranun
People Name in Country Iranun
Alternate Names Ilanun; Illanun Maranao
Population this Country 287,000
Population all Countries 287,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
People ID 12209
ROP3 Code 103985
ROP25 Code 303228
ROP25 Name Iranun
Country Philippines
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Mindanao, Maguindanao Province, Barida, Buidon, Parang, Sultan Mastera, and Sultan Kudarat municipalities; North Cotabato Province, Alamada, Banasilan, Carmen, Libungan, and Pigcawayan municipallities; Lanao del Sur Province, southeasern tip; and Bukidnon Province, Kalilangan municipality.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Philippines
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Mindanao, Maguindanao Province, Barida, Buidon, Parang, Sultan Mastera, and Sultan Kudarat municipalities; North Cotabato Province, Alamada, Banasilan, Carmen, Libungan, and Pigcawayan municipallities; Lanao del Sur Province, southeasern tip; and Bukidnon Province, Kalilangan municipality..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Iranun in Philippines
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.02 %)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.98 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Iranun (Philippines) (287,000 speakers)
Language Code ilp   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Iranun (Philippines) (287,000 speakers)
Language Code ilp   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Iranun (Philippines)

Primary Language:  Iranun (Philippines)

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2021-2022)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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Forum Bible Agencies
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Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Iranun Jesus Film Project
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Iranun Literacy & Evangelism International
Photo Source MySabah.com  Used with permission
Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Asia Missions (AMNET) 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.



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