MILF supports ‘fatwa’ against intrusion of violent extremism in Bangsamoro Homeland

Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao – Responding to the Shariah ruling or “fatwa” promulgated by the Bangsamoro Mufti, Sheik Abehuraira Abdulrahman Udasan, against the entry and spread of violent radicalism or extremism in any part of the Bangsamoro Homeland, the leadership of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fully endorse and support such edict without fear and reservation.

In a press release issued on July 01, 2017, MILF Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim said that, “The purpose of the fatwa must be pursued vigorously to ensure that this violent extremism or radicalism shall not take root in any part of our communities, because it has no basis whatsoever in any of the teachings of Islam. They are creating intrigues and are sowing terror. They are also thriving on the sufferings and hardships of people.”  

The MILF called on the officials and members of both its political and military organs, as well as the people in general to close ranks and cooperate with one another in order to deny entry or sanctuary to this brand of people. 

The said fatwa also states that there is an urgent need to fight violent extremism or radicalism, in compliance with the injunction of the Qur’an and the Prophetic Tradition (Al-Hadith).

Allah says: “And do no evil nor mischief on the (face of the) land” (Al-Baqarah: 60); and in another verse: “And seek no (occasion for) mischief on the land: For Allah loves not who do mischief.”(Al-Qasas) 77)

The Holy Prophet of Islam says: “Fight anyone who comes to you and your affairs to renounce allegiance or to sow discord among you” (Narrated by Imam Muslim)

However, the fatwa did not identify any particular group operating in Mindanao, as falling within this category, as described both in the Qur’an and the Hadith.

However, it is noteworthy to note that this fatwa comes at the time when the Marawi crisis entered its 39th day and still it has no sight when the war ends.