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UNYPAD Gensan Chapter conducts Istiqbal Ramadhan

Photo: UNYPAD-Gensan Chapter with the Guest Speakers of Istiqbal Ramadan
Photo taken at Barangay Tambler Gymnasium General Santos City

By: Bai Enthiezar Diga

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (April 14, 2021) — The United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) – General Santos City (Gensan) Chapter conducted its first Istiqbal Ramadhan held at Barangay Tambler Gymnasium, this city, last April 11, 2021 to educate the participants on preparations for the holy month and the virtues of fasting.

Around 168 attendees along with forty (40) UNYPAD Gensan officers and members joined the event where they learned Ramadan related topics from three resource persons namely Shaykh Yusof Butucan, Shaykh Ebrahim Andang, Jr. and Shaykh Mochtar Alangan.

The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos –SarGen, City Mayor’s Office – Indigenous Cultural Communities Affair Division, Educational Research Center, Barangay Council of Tambler and the Bangsamoro Youth Project Organization supported the activity.

Ustadz Noroddin Ortoste, UNYPAD-Gensan Chapter Secretary on Da’wah and Education, said “Nya ba kapiya na program aniya na matawan tanu e ukit a kadsakaw sakaw sa Ramadan endo matawan tanu sa programa aniya panon e atulan nu kabpuasa” (The essence of this program is that we will be able to know how we welcome Ramadan and through this program and we also will learn the rules on fasting).”

“I am overwhelmed seeing the young generation of UNYPAD Gensan Chapter members united for a common goal and that is peace. Istiqbalu Ramadan is a good start for us to attain this inner peace,” said Noraisa Amolan Mama, UNYPAD-Gensan Chapter Women Affairs Committee Chairperson.

She added, “…to reflect and release all the bad energy that we have in the previous months, may Allah grant us forgiveness and may He accept our ‘ibaadat’ (servitude to Islam).”
Shyakh Andang, stated, “Ang isa sa mga palatandaan ng ating relihiyon ay itong pagdating ng buwan ng Ramadan (One of the signs of our religion is the coming of the month of Ramadan).”

“Ang pagpunta natin ngayon dito ay palatandaan na pinapahalagahan at pinaparangalan natin ang ating relihiyon (Our presence here today is a sign that we value and honor our religion),” he added.

Shaykh Alangan said, “Idalangin natin sa Allah nawa’y mapabilang tayo sa mga klase ng tao sa buwan ng Ramadhan na kung saan sila’y nagpupunyagi, sila’y nagtitiyaga, sa pagsasagawa ng ibaadah (Let’s pray to Allah that He will let us be among the people of Ramadhan who strive and persevere in doing ibaadah).”

Sahani Ansa, UNYPAD-Gensan Chapter Chairman, said, “Su United Youth for Peace and Development na umpungan nu mga kangudan a bananggitan kano kalilintad, sa isa inyaba a ukit, atew kapad kano advocacy nami (The United Youth for Peace and Development is a youth organization that leads to peace and this activity is a way of doing it and it is part of our advocacy as well).”

Ortoste added, “Upama maadan salaki tano e kadsusulad na maadan e kapagisa na upama maadan su kadsusulad endo kapagisa na maadan su kapadtatabanga, na upama maadan su kadsusuled ando kapagisa ando kadtatabanga na maadan su kalilintad” (If there is brotherhood, we will achieve unity. If we have brotherhood and unity, we will achieve cooperation. And if we have brotherhood, unity, and cooperation then we will achieve peace).”

UNYPAD was born to help alleviate the plight of its people in Mindanao and other places especially those marginalized sectors in the society.

The organization focuses on empowering the youth to become productive citizens of the country