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Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International
|People Name:||Iranun, Sabah|
|Christian Adherents:||0.00 %|
|Online Audio NT:||No|
|People Cluster:||Filipino, Muslim|
|Affinity Bloc:||Malay Peoples|
In the 16th century, there was a sea-based kingdom called Uranen. The people who came from this kingdom we now call the Iranun. They were led by a sultan (Islamic political leader), and the kingdom exerted power in Mindanao Island in the southern Philippines and what is now Brunei and Malaysia's state of Sabah.
Today we associate the Iranun people with Mindanao Island, but some are also in Malaysia. Since the economy of Malaysia is stronger than that of the Philippines, some Iranun people have migrated to Malaysia to earn a living. We call these people the Sabah Iranun.
There are Iranun people in the southern Philippines and also in Sabah, Malaysia.
Most of the Iranun are engaged in fishing, while the rest raise food crops along with their neighbors. Their socio-political organization is governed by traditional and customary laws. They have their own headman. The headman acts as a mediator of dispute and as a facilitator of discussions and meetings.
Those who live in Malaysia probably have low-paying jobs.
The Iranun are Muslim and common like all Muslim groups, they believe in the five pillars of Islam. The Iranun observe these pillars but they are relatively more relaxed about them. The Iranun 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 Iranun people have resisted every effort to introduce Christianity to them. Their attitude towards Christianity is still marked by indifference. Efforts to reach them in the Philippines have not yielded much in the way of results. There are probably no efforts at all to reach the Sabah Iranun people in Malaysia.
The Iranun people need adequate work in Mindanao so they do not have to leave their families to be gainfully employed.
* Pray for protection, wisdom, strength, and encouragement for those ministering to the Iranun.
* Pray that God will provide opportunities for the gospel to be shared with the Iranun people in Malaysia as well as the Philippines.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to open the hearts of the Iranun people and turn their hearts to the King of kings.
* Pray for a disciple making movement among the Iranun in both the Philippines and Malaysia.