By Nur-Ali A. Macabalang
The Bangsamoro Youth Commission (BYC) of the autonomous government has engaged young ulama (Islamic scholars) in a two-day conference here meant to enhance their participation in promoting peace and development.
Young ulama from Maguindanao, North Cotabato, and this city attended the convergence at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex here on Nov. 12-13, BYC chairperson Marjanie Macasalong said in a statement coursed through the BARMM’s Bureau of Public Information.
The meeting tackled the BYC priority agenda for 2020-2022 focused on peace-building and security, governance, and active citizenship, Macasalong said.
Macasalong, who is a member of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) Parliament, said the participants were being tapped as active partners in the quest for moral governance of the Bangsamoro Government.
“Our main goal for this conference is to engage young Islamic scholars—not just in our work to equip and empower the youth, but in our pursuit of the moral governance agenda,” Macasalong said.
In a video message, BARMM Chief Minister Ahod “Al Haj Murad” Ebrahim lauded the young scholars for becoming keen in rallying his administration’s quest for sacrifices needed to achieve moral governance in the region.
“Kayo, bilang mga bagong Ma’aalam sa ating relihiyon, ang isa mga sektor na inaasahan naming makakatulong sa pagkakabuklod buklod ng Bangsamoro ayon na rin sa katuruan ng Sunnah at ng Qur’an,” Ebrahim told the meeting participants.
Bangsamoro Mufti Abu Hurarira Udasan, who is also the executive director of the the Bangsamoro Regional Darul Ifta, said the youth as constituents of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) “can contribute greatly to building the moral governance by embodying the teachings of Islam as Muslim scholars in their respective places.”
Key participants included Sheikh Abdulhadie Gumander, Dr. Nadheer Ebil, and Sheikh Badiuzzaman Saliao.
BTA Parliament Majority Floor Leader Lanang Ali, Jr. and Minister Naguib Sinarimbo updated the participants on the efforts of the BARMM and BTA.
Parliament members Abdulwahab Pak and Ibrahim Ali, and a representative of Ahmad Gayak delivered messages during the event.
Bangsamoro Wali Khalipha Usman Nando called for unity amongst the scholars to enhance support to the BARMM governance.
The BYC sponsored the confab in partnership with the Hay-Atol Ulama El Muslimina Bil-Filibbin, Inc. and Union of Muslim Youth Organizations (UMYO).
Nasserudin Dunding, chair of BYC’s programs and operations, said the first cluster of this series of conference was held in Marawi City for the Muslim scholars from Marawi City and Lanao del Sur on July 23.
A similar conference for young Islamic scholars from Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi is slated in the first quarter of 2021. (NAM)