By: SAIDONA A. LAWAN
SULTAN SA BARONGIS (April 1, 2016) – A Islamic Symposium was jointly conducted by the United Youth for Peace and Development – Maguindanao Cluster 2 (UNYPAD) and Social Welfare Committee (SWC) in Barangay Masulot, Sultan sa Barongis, Maguindanao on March 27, 2016.
The activity focused on Islamic perspective of education, history, customs and others Islamic Principles.
The activity was participated by 345 men and 425 women or 770 participants from various organizations in Sultan sa Barongis and nearby municipalities.
The resource speakers were Islamic Scholar from the MILF Provinces of Damakling, Ligawasan and Buayan who were invited by SWC and as well as those sent by UNYPAD.
Barangay leaders from barangay Masulot and Darampua delivered the welcome remarks and expressed their support to the activity.
The speakers in their lectures delved on spiritual alleviation of the participants and Bangsamoro special events. They stressed the need for strengthening one’s self-development in all aspect of life.
According to Sheik Abdur Razak Salih, “Strong mu’min (True Muslim) is better than weak mu’min”. “To prepare is the best strategy in a struggle”, he added.
This statement was supported by Ustaza Hawa by mentioning a verse from the Holy Qur’an that says: “wa a’aiddu lahum mastata’tum min quwwah” that means, “And prepare for the strong faith”.
She also highlighted the role of the wives of Prophet Muhammad during his struggle which implies the importance of women and as well as unity among Muslims.
“We must struggle and be guided by the Qur-an and Hadith, to avoid damaging the Muslim world’s image”, obviously referring to the terrorism taking place in the world.
She ended her speech and prayed for guidance of Bangsamoros’ children to make the words of Allah (SWT) supreme.
As part of the Moro struggle in the 70’s, Ustaza Dalnan Utto mentioned her experience during Martial Law that she considered as challenge to the next generations.
She said, “I was injured by a machinegun fired from a helicopter gunship during Martial Law but still alive at the present”.
“These experiences motivated me to contribute my whole life and wealth for the sake of the Bangsamoro’s right to self- determination”. “And one way of doing it is to serve unselfishly the oppressed people and sincerely do the tasks given to me”, she added.
“The youth has big role in the Bangsamoro struggle”, said Atty. Mahmod Tulino, Chairman of the United Youth for Peace and Development Maguindanao cluster 2.
“The organization conducted series of peace rallies in several strategic areas nationwide in support to the peace process and other advocacy of the Bangsamoro”. “This is only an example of efforts conducted by UNYPAD under its Campaign and Advocacy program”, he added.
“Islam is a complete way of life”, said Ustadz Abu Huraira Silongan. “Education in Islam covers all aspects of life”. He said that all creations that exist in this world were mentioned in the Qur’an. It includes science, biology, botany, philosophy, politics, economic, social and others.
“As a foundation of Education in Islam, Prophet Mohammad (SAW) started teaching in a very traditional way. He did it in masjids, tents, and anywhere without formal records, card, diploma and etc., but it was very successful because they implemented what they learned and they taught what they have studied. As a result Islam became a very strong religion for 1,296 years from 622 to 1918”, Abu Huraira added.
Abdulnasser Binasing, the National Secretary on Rehabilitation and Development of UNYPAD, recalled the “March 27, 2014 signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro” (CAB) “.
Binassing also mentioned various massacres happened in the Bangsamoro such as the Jabida massacre on March 18, 1968, the Malidsbung Massacre in Palimbang, Manili Massacre in Carmen and many more.
Binasing considered the activity as an opportunity for all participants to commemorate the said CAB signing on March 27, 2014, that if the BBL based on the CAB had been passed, it would have paved the way for the entrenchment of Bangsamoro Region.
He told the participants that despite of the failure of congress to pass the Bangsamoro Law, we must continue available peaceful means of resolving the decades-old Moro problem.