(IN PHOTO)- MILF PIP Chair Mohagaher Iqbal speaking to participants during the Youth Forum on the Trend of Extremism in Mindanao

MILF Peace Implementing Panel holds Youth Forum on the Trend of Extremism in General Santos City

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) – Peace Implementing Panel (PIP) conducted a Youth Forum on the Trend of Extremism in Mindanao last September 27-28, 2017 held at the Family Country Hotel, General Santos City.

The forum started with an invocation by Salabi A. Yahya of Moro Youth Organization in General Santos City followed by welcome remarks by Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (CHD) Country Representative Suzanne Damman, read by Annieza Mohammad, on behalf of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (CHD). 

Ms. Mohammad of CHD Cotabato gave the objective of the activity followed by the introduction of the participants by Dr. Zulqarnayn Abas and Dr. Norodin Salam.

Professor Abhoud Syed Lingga, member of MILF Peace Implementing Panel gave updates on the Bangsamoro Peace Process. He discussed the current status and ways forward of MILF and GPH peace process. 

He also discussed the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) version of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) recently filed in the House of Representative which is known as House Bill (HB) no. 6475 sponsored by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and more than one hundred congressmen co-sponsored the said bill.  

In the second session of the activity entitled “The Youth, Violent Extremism and the Bangsamoro, Uz. Abdulhadie Gumander in power point presented the topic “What is extremism and how does it affect the Bangsamoro” while Us. Abdulkahar Musa discussed the “Correct Aqeeda”. 

Ustadz. Gumander said that Islam expressly prohibits all forms of extremism, whether violent or non-violent because Islam is a moderate religion. Islam prohibits compulsion of religion and that Prophet Mohammad Sallahu Alayhi Wassalam commanded his ummah Muslim to treat with kindness and justice the non-Muslim during his time in Madina, Saudi Arabia which was later declared as the first Islamic state in the world.

Ustadz. Musa started his lecture by giving the Five pillars of Islam and the Six Articles of Faith, which are the foundation of Islamic Faith or the Correct Aqeedah. He reminded the youth participants that Prophet Mohammad Sallahu Alayhi Wassalam, in one of his hadiths, said that the “Muslims will split into 73 sects and only one will go to Jannah. It is very important that we are following the right path”, he further said.

Mohagher Iqbal, Chairman of MILF Peace Implementing Panel, MILF-Central Committee on Information, and Commissioner of Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) gave the history of the Bangsamoro Struggle. 

He started his discussion with video presentation of the Bangsamoro Struggle from Moro-Spanish war, the American occupation of Mindanao, and the Philippine colonization of Bangsamoro Homeland. 

He discussed the Bangsamoro Problem and the importance of restoring the rights of the Bangsamoro to self-determination. “Bangsamoro problem is a political problem which requires a political solution”, he further said.

He also discussed the roadmap of MILF and GPH peace process and the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro (CAB).

During the closing program, the youth participants expressed their full support to the immediate passage of the BBL and the complete implementation of the CAB. They also called on the leaders of the House of Representative to immediately pass the BBL as it is the shield against rising violent extremism and radicalism in Mindanao.