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UNYPAD Bagoinged Pikit facilitates Islamic Symposium

By: Guihanah Balabagan

PIKIT, COTABATO PROVINCE (April 15, 2021) — The United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) Pikit, North Cotabato Cluster II ( NCCII) facilitated Ramadan Islamic Symposium held on April 11, 2021 at Bagoinged , this town.

More or less 130 participants from different sitios and nearby barangays attended the activity. The UNYPAD executive officers from national, provincial and municipal levels including the Women Affairs Committee (WAC) were present.

The event has the theme “Awareness and Benefits of Forthcoming Ramadan. It was organized to educate the participants about Ramadan and strengthen their spiritual development.”

MP Ahmad “Jack” I. Abas, BTA member and Front Commander of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)- Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF), showed his support to the activity.

He gave updates on Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). “Madakel a proseso endo kinandumasayan bago tanu nakwa inyaba BARMM anya (We underwent lots of processes and struggles before we got this BARMM,” he related.

“Sekitanu a Bangsamoro, na nyaba so pinaginagkay tanu a masampay so ngen e benal endo makagkapiya kanu mga Bangsamoro endo kanu inged no Bangsamoro sabap sa pedtabangan tanu no Allah S.W.T (We, as Bangsamoro, desired to achieve this – what is right and good for us Bangsamoro people and for our homeland. We attained it because Allah S.W.T. helped us),” MP Abas expressed.

He added, “Ditanu dayt edsasaw kagila nyatanu pamun sa transition di tanu kalinyan e aden kanu isa e matagak (We don’t have to be hasty because we are still in the transition phase. We don’t want to have anyone left behind).”

Member of Committee on Da’wah and Education in national level, Ust. Nasrudin Musa, expounded the benefits that would be gained in Ramadan. He also enumerated forbidden things and acts a fasting person must avoid based from the Qur’an and Hadith.

“Ulan ulan na Ramadan na masla e balas salkitanu. So pintuwan no Naraka ka katikop, so pintuwan no Surga na kaukan (The month of Ramadan is a blessing for all of us. The door of hell is close while the door of heaven is open),” Musa stressed.

“Ogayd umingka di nengka katawan na di nengka bun katawan e kanggalbek nengka lon (But, If you do not know, you also do not know how to work it out),” he added.

Datuan “Dats” Magon, UNYPAD Deputy Secretary for Administration, said, “Embagelan tanu so kangudan na dalpa tanu, ka sekitanu e pedsaligan no mawli a tao tanu (We should strengthen the youth of our own community because the next generation relies on us).

Secretary-General of UNYPAD, Yusop Lumambas, elaborated the role of UNYPAD in nation building and gave inputs on moral governance. He said faith, services and rule of law are the three foundations of moral governance.

Lumambas enumerated the five 5 pillars of moral governance which are the Education, Health, Economic Development, Strategic Infrastructure and Moral leadership.

“Edsipat tanu kanu nganin nganin a issues sya kanu dalpa tanu endo makadtabang kanu mga leaders tanu (We should observe the issues in our community in order to help our leaders),” he said.

MILF-BIAF, Barangay Peace Action Team, Barangay officials and representatives of women sectors and other groups were also present in the activity.

Organizers were looking forward for the next activities within this month of fasting.