Survival of the Fittest: The Case of the Madrasahs at the Height of the Covid-19 Pandemic


  • Ali K. Dilangalen Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology
  • Jerson Catoto Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology


COVID-19 Pandemic, Madrasah, Philippines, Muslims in Philippines, Islam in Philippines


The madrasah has been an important educational institution for Muslim in providing young children with religious instructions. It has been responsible for transmitting Islamic knowledge, value and culture. This qualitative study employing phenomenology aimed to determine the survival of the Islamic schools in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Municipality of Kabacan, Cotabato. Results showed they strictly heeded on the health protocols and they linked ties with the community and stakeholders. Aside from that, they faced different challenges such as the continuity of the learners and in overseeing the students where they have to observe the protocols. Lastly, they faced the challenges by convening the stakeholders and anchoring their faith to the Almighty Allah (SWT). Implications of the study were discussed.


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Author Biographies

Ali K. Dilangalen, Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology

Dr Ali K. Dilangalen is the president of Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology. He is an Islamic Scholar and implementer of the Halal project in the Arakan Valley Complex in the Philippines. 

Jerson Catoto, Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology

Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology, Doroluman, Arakan, Cotabato, Philippines


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How to Cite

Dilangalen, A., & Catoto, J. (2022). Survival of the Fittest: The Case of the Madrasahs at the Height of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Ulum Islamiyyah, 34(3), 1-15. Retrieved from