“Unity is our strength” Islamic scholar tells Bangsamoro peace advocates

An Islamic scholar urged the delegates of a peace consultation to keep united citing that unity is the foundation of Islamic faith and the strength of the Muslims.

“Islam was sent to call for unity of mankind,” Alim Yusoph Azaman, an active Islamic missionary, told the leaders of Bangsamoro Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from South-Central Mindanao and Davao regions who gathered in a regional consultative assembly held at Davao City on October 5-7, 2016.

Azaman pointed out that “Allah will not entrust authority to Muslims who are not united,” and stressed that the Almighty’s help comes to people “who are united.”

He said it is the obligation of the Muslims to seek peace for their land and that “unity is the last weapon to advance the cause.”

“I assure you that if we unite, Allah’s mercy and help will come to us,” he said.

The speaker noted the assistance coming from the international communities for the Bangsamoro people’s quest for peace and development, “however the real help that can help us is that one coming from Allah,” he pointed out.

“We are disunited because of our individual interest, but we will be united if we have the common interest,” Azaman underscored.

The event was organized by the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society, a network of Bangsamoro CSOs pushing of unity of all the Bangsamoro leaders to help push for the success of the Bangsamoro struggle for self-determination in diplomatic means.

For the betterment of the Bangsamoro, the participants committed to relentlessly pursue the call for unity and solidarity among the leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front, Moro Islamic Liberation Front, sultanates and the religious groups.

They also committed to raise consciousness of the different sectors and organizations of the Bangsamoro society on the importance of unity and the on-going peace processes and reach out to the different stakeholders and communities of the Bangsamoro to build constituencies for unity and solidarity and support to the peace processes.

Moreover, the delegates affirmed the importance of the gains of the past peace agreements from the Tripoli Agreement of 1976, the Final Peace Agreement in 1996 and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro of 2014.