June 1, 2013: The Women Affairs Committee (WAC) of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) launched an activity dubbed as “Question and Answer Session on Islam” last Friday, May 24, 2013, at the UNYPAD National Office in RH – 3, Cotabato City.
This activity has been implemented by national WAC in partnership with the national Committee on Da’wah and Education.
Baisanie J. Macabuat, WAC national Chairwoman, disclosed that the program would be regularly conducted (every Friday from 9:00 – 11:00 in the morning) at the UNYPAD national Office here in Cotabato City.
“The activity is aimed at increasing the knowledge on Islam of UNYPAD officers, members, and communities and keep them updated of the issues and concerns confronting Muslims all over the world,” said Baisani.
“Unlike the previous Islamic awareness activities, the invited guest or speaker here is not presenting any topic for discussion. Here is that the activity is started by allowing every participant to ask everything about Islam and other issues concerning the conditions of Muslim Ummah,” she added.
National Committee on Da’wah and Education staff Ustadz Nasrudin Musa, who was an alumnus of Al-Fateh University in Libya with a degree of Islamic Propagation and Civilization, was the first invited guest to share his knowledge on Islam through answering different questions from the participating individuals.
Questions asked during the first day of the activity mostly focused on: Etiquettes of prayer, Proper method of giving Zakah, Islamic Brotherhood, Status of Women in Islam, among others.
One of the most interesting parts of the activity was the current status of the Muslim Ummah and the role of four schools of thoughts such as Maliki, Hanafi, Hanbali and Shafii in laying down foundations of Islamic Jurisprudence so that Muslims could understand Islam easier.
Since UNYPAD inception in 2004, women have been very active in implementing their tasks and functions enshrined in the organization’s Constitutions and Bylaws. The WAC was given autonomy to plan their own activities with the active supervision of the Office of the national President.
“Encouraging women’s participation in nation-building and to promote gender consciousness is one of the organization’s objectives,” Rahib Kudto, National President, said.
Rahib explained that the UNYPAD is not treating women as just supporters but rather very strong partners in peace and development work.
“Women have been very instrumental in both technical and managerial levels,” he said. (UNYPAD News)