UNYPAD-Sultan Kudarat Chapter, BIAF facilitate Awareness Forum on Violent Extremism, Radicalism

By: UNYPAD ComTeam

ISULAN, SULTAN KUDARAT/ April 17, 2018 – In an effort to engage more Moro people in strengthening security measures in the communities,  the  United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD)  Sultan Kudarat Provincial Chapter in coordination with the 105th Base Command of Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF)-Moro Islamic liberation Front (MILF) facilitated the  “Awareness Forum on Violent Extremism and Radicalism” held at Brgy. Lagandang, Isulan, Sultan Kudarat on April 14, 2018.

1st Brigade Commander Nasrollah ‘’Stallion’’ Mama from BIAF 105th Base Command spearheaded the activity that was attended by 198 participants coming from BIAF, youth leaders and community members from different barangays.

Cmdr. Mama expressed gratitude to UNYPAD for helping in the realization of the forum which was first ever conducted in the area.

“I am very grateful to this organization (UNYPAD) for helping us to make the people be aware with this type of ideology that destroys our religion and divide us. Thank you for your effort, I wish and hoping for another same activity here with bigger audience so that we can inform more people on this matter,” Mama said on his welcome address.

Ustadz Abdulkarim Abdulsamad gave Muhadara Islamiya about the jihad and brief history of jihad on the time of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and today.

He gave emphasis on the essence of Islamization should be considered first which is crucial factor in struggling to self-determination.

“Before strengthening the organization, the militarization and self-reliance, we should have first the Islamization, because it is the foundation of our struggle,” Ust. Abdulsamad said.

He also said that the Muslims of yesterday are the Muslims of today, but as observed, Muslim are evolving.

Anwar Talipasan, Chairman of Municipal Political Committee shared his sentiments on the status of the on-going peace process but he urged the Moros to strengthen their faith, have sab’r (patience) and continue to support the MILF.

“Yes, our struggle is a long journey, just have patience and don’t be violent extremist, because there is no shortcuts to attain our aspirations.” Talipasan said.

Datuan Magon, officer of the UNYPAD gave inputs on the trends on violent extremism and radicalism. He also shared the Bangsamoro history and the struggle to self-determination of the Bangsamoro people.

“This radical group brand themselves as Muslims, but in reality, they are created to destroy Islam.  As you see, they are terrorizing Islamic countries and spread fears to the world,” Datuan said.

In his will to sustain the effort on the drive against violent extremism, Cmdr. Mama said that on May 5, 2018, the same activity will be conducted within his area of responsibility.

He said more people will be invited so that there will be more stakeholders who will bring to the communities the issue on violent extremism and ways of preventing it.

He also expressed support to UNYPAD’s programs especially with the kind of peace initiative that makes the community aware on what is happening around.

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