By Yusoph S. Lumambas
COTABATO City (June 30, 2015) — The Bangsamoro Darul Ifta Grand Mufti Abu Hurairah Udasan made the formal declaration at exactly 8pm over a local radio station here in Cotabato City that Ramadhan 1436H will start on June 17.
Fasting during Ramadhan is prescribed and obligatory to every Muslim. Allah said: “O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restrain.” Surah Al-Baqara (2):183
Ramadhan is an opportunity for all Muslims to do good deeds. The Darul iftah urged Muslims to welcome the holy month with joys rather than worries.
“Fasting is obligatory to every Muslims, male and female including children who already reached the age of maturity,” Darul Iftah said.
Posted in luwaran.com in last year article about Ramadhan, it was said that “A Muslims should start fasting from dawn to dusk where they are prohibited to eat and drink, backbiting, gossiping, and creating intrigues should be avoided as well as married couples do sexual activities is also forbidden when fasting.”
“Ramadhan is a month of ALLAH whose beginning is MERCY, the middle is FORGIVENESS, and the end is FREEDOM FROM HELL FIRE. ALLAH has decreed this month the best of all months. The days of this month are the best among the days and the nights are the best among the nights and the hours during Ramadhan are the best among the hours.”
“This is a month in which you have been invited by Him (fast and pray). Allah has honored you in it. In every breath you take is a reward of Allah, if you sleep it is worship, your good deeds are accepted and your supplications are answered. Whoever does something good this month, Allah multiplies it by seventy times”, it added.
“The month of Ramadhan is a great opportunity to focus on bringing back a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Through fasting you learn how to manage your eating habits and improve self-discipline. It’s a great time to do peace advocacy in the current atmosphere of anger, tension and sadness”, it continued.
“Before Ramadhan got started, the Vice President for Internal Affairs of the UNYPAD, Tu Alid Alfonso, received a lot of requests from provincial chapters stating schedules of their Ramadhan activities,” said Datuan Magon, the UNYPAD Deputy Sec.Gen. for Administration.
He said that invitations of the provincial chapters were still coming. As of June 29, the Ramadhan programs reached to 41 scheduled activities.
“The said activities were coming only from North Cotabato, Maguindanao, Ranao, Cotabato City, and Sultan Kudarat provincial Chapters as well as the school based-chapters such as University of Southern Mindanao, USM Kabacan Cotabato, Mindanao State University MSU-Maguindanao, State Polytechnic College of Isulan Sultan Kudarat, MSU-Marawi and other madaris institutions that have already been organized by the UNYPAD,” Magon disclosed.
He also said that the Office of the Vice President for Internal Affairs is expecting that UNYPAD National Capital region, Davao region, Island provinces, SocSarGen and Bukidnon chapter shall have several activities during this holy month.
“The Committee on Dawah and Education headed by its Secretary Ustads Nasrudin Guiama in partnership with the Women Affairs Committee (WAC) and Committee on Campaign and Advocacy have responded positively to these requests,” said Magon.
Datuan Magon, Abdulnasser Binasing, Ustads Nasrudin Musa, Ustads Munaim Kudto, Ustads Faisal Dacungan, Ustads Zuharto Mamengkog, Ustads Abdulmotalib, Ustads Abuhuraira Silongan are among of the identified full time speakers and will be assigned to different areas this Ramadhan.
Among other topics to be discussed in every gathering are “Reading the Qur’an, making supplication, sincere repentance, generosity and charity, controlling oneself desire, improving character and manners, moderation in eating, implementing sunnah’s into daily life, including updates on the GPH-MILF peace process and the BBL.
Dr Anwar Saluwang, the UNYPAD Deputy Sec.Gen. for Budget and Finance, really appreciated the initiatives of UNYPAD provincial chapters in conducting Islamic Symposium to their respective areas.
The Provincial Chairman of UNYPAD Maguindanao Cluster-2, Atty. Mahmod Tulino, suggested during a meeting held at the UNYPAD national office that the UNYPAD members who want to give ‘sadaqa’ or charity this Ramadhan to be used for these affairs be accepted.
Since the UNYPAD is a non-profit organization, Dr Rahib Kudto, the National President of UNYPAD requested Dr Saluwang to find ways to source out so that all these planned activities be realized.
Kudto helped the UNYPAD-NCR access to IHH, a Turkish International Humanitarian non-government organization operating in more than 140 countries.
Kudto said that the İnsan Hak ve Hürriyetleri ve İnsani Yardım Vakfi or The Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH) gave small grant or charity for the Muslim communities in Metro Manila (that will be used for their fasting).