By: Farida P. Dalandan
COTABATO City (July 27, 2015) — The Women Affairs Committee (WAC) of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD), in partnership with the national committee on Da’wah and Education, resumed the Regular Islamic Class for the UNYPAD national officers and staff on July 10, 2015 at the UNYPAD National Office in RH-6, Cotabato City .
Fatima Sapalon, national chief of the WAC sub-committee on Da’wah and Education, said that the class is taking place every Friday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.
“Although this is special program for the national officers and staff, the door is also opened for everybody especially for Cotabato City chapter offices and members,” Fatima clarified.
She disclosed that the said activity was stopped for the past few months as most of the UNYPAD national officers and staff got busy for advocacy on Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
“It is very important to resume this activity because spirituality must always be built in all our undertakings and should be part of the daily routine of our life,” said Baisanie Macabuat, WAC National Chair.
“…And it is our obligation to deliver the teachings of Islam,” she pointed out.
Saada Sampayan, WAC Vice Chair for Internal Affairs, said that the UNYPAD considered interns from the Cotabato City State Polytechnic College (CCSPC) as targets of the program.
“Aside from the technical knowledge that we may impart to these students, we are also obliged to strengthen their faith,” she added.
She disclosed that the first day of the class focused on the topic about Taharah (Cleanliness or Purification).
Stressing the importance of Taharah, Saada cited the following verse: “Allah commands Muslims to purify themselves outwardly from forbidden appearances and all types of physical impurities, and inwardly from the unpardonable sin of shirk as well as diseases of the heart such as envy, pride and hatred. Once they do so, they become worthy of His love, as the Qur’an states, “Allah loves those who turn to Him constantly and He loves those who keep themselves pure and clean.” (Soorat Al-Baqarah, 2:222)