The sultanate's sovereignty was dissolved in early 20th century when Spanish Governor General Emilio Terrero personally led a military expedition on Buayan itself. Every kota (the Malay term for city) of Maguindanao, including the capital built by Datu Uto, was demolished.
Shariff Mohammed Kabungsuwan of Johor introduced Islam in the area at the end of the 16th century and established himself as Sultan seated in Malabang-Lanao. He exiled some of his people who deviated from the Islamic faith to Cotabato. He subsequently married dayang-dayang (princess) Paramisuli of the Maguinadanao family ruling class in Dulawan and established the Sultanate of Maguindanao seated in Dulawan and virtually as Sultan of the whole island of the so-called Mindanao. The sultanate was usually centered in the valley of Cotabato.
Asraf Mohamad Samalan Dipatuan Qudratullah Fahar'uddin Nasiruddin, popularly known as Qudarat and whose name as a youth was Ullah Untong, was one of the greatest known sultans who controlled Mindanao. In his island sanctuary in Sulu, he was known as Sultan Nasiruddin and was the Sultan of that island recognized by the Sulu Sultan and his grave still stands there.
Abd al-Rahman, his grandson, continued increasing the Sultanate's power and influence.
During the Spanish colonial period, the Sultanate of Maguindanao was able to defend its territory, preventing the Spaniards from colonizing the entire Mindanao and ceding the island of Palawan to the Spanish government in 1705. The island priory ceded to him by Sulu Sultan Sahabuddin. This was to have help dissuaded Spanish encroachments into the island of Maguinadanao.
A Johore (Singapore) Makdum Prince who fled to Malabang Lanao and seated as Sharif Kabungsuwan. Married the daughter of Chieftain Aliwya of the Maguindanao family clan at Dulawan, Cotabato. Took over the father inlaw's political powers establishing the Sultanate of Maguindanao later called by the Spanish as Mindanao. He is the second Makdum known as Karim Ul-Makdum who reinforced Islam and His brother Sulu Sultan Shariful Hashim promulgated Kor'anic studies or Madrassahs.
The said Sharif is buried at Simunul Island Tamppat.
Paduka Sri Sultan Muhammad Jafar Sadiq Manamir
Shahid Mupat (posthumously)
(in Sibugay, Buayan, Malabang)
Sultan Muhammad Tahir ud-Din
Muhammad Shah Amir ud-Din
(paramount chief of Maguindanao by 1748)
Sultan Rajah Muda Muhammad Khair ud-Din
Pakir Maulana Kamsa
Amir ud-Din Itamza
Azim ud-Din Amir ul-M'umimin
Sultan Pahar ud-Din
Mupat Hidayat (posthumously)
Sultan Kibad Sahriyal
Muhammad Azim ud-Din Amir ul-Umara
Sultan Kawasa Anwar ud-Din
Muhammad Amir ul-Umara Iskandar Jukarnain
Sultan Qudratullah Untung
Iskandar Qudratullah Muhammad Jamal ul-Azam
Iskandar Qudarat Pahar ud-Din. Properly place, his name was Ullah Untong and seated as Sultan Ashrf Samalan Farid Quadratullah or better known as Sultan Qudarat. www.royalsultanate.weebly.com
Sultan Muhammad Makakwa
Sultan Muhammad Jalal ud-Din Pablu
Sultan Anwar ud-Din contested Datu Mamaku (son of Sultan Qudratullah Untung) of Buayan for the throne versus the then sultan Datu Mangigin of Sibugay.
Sultan Taha Colo
Sultan Rabago sa Tiguma
Sultan Mastura Kudarat
Sultan Muhammad Hijaban Iskandar Mastura Kudarat, Sultan Mastura
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