MARAWI CITY —To increase the meaningful participation of the youth in promoting peace and development, the Bangsamoro Youth Commission (BYC) held a two-day Bangsamoro Young Ulama Conference (YUC) on November 12 to 13 in Cotabato City.
The ulama or Muslim scholars from Maguindanao, North Cotabato, and Cotabato City attended the program at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex.
BYC chairperson Marjanie Macasalong said the conference is anchored at Bangsamoro Youth Transition Priority Agenda (BYTPA) 2020-2022’s three priority areas of peacebuilding and security, governance, and active citizenship.
Macasalong, who is also a member of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) Parliament, said the conference will equip the participants to become 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, Chief Minister Ahod “Al Haj Murad” Ebrahim expressed his gratitude to the young scholars who continued to support and make sacrifices for the Islam religion.
“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 said.
Bangsamoro Mufti Abu Hurarira Udasan, who is also the executive director of 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.”
Several scholars also discussed various topics, including Sheikh Abdulhadie Gumander, Dr. Nadheer Ebil, and Sheikh Badiuzzaman Saliao.
Meanwhile, BTA Parliament Majority Floor Leader Lanang Ali, Jr. and Member of Parliament Naguib Sinarimbo also delivered updates on the efforts of the BARMM and BTA.
Members of BTA Parliament Abdulwahab Pak, Ibrahim Ali, and representative of Ahmad Gayak delivered their messages during the event.
Bangsamoro Wali Khalipha Usman Nando called for unity amongst scholars to further strengthen its support to the Bangsamoro Government.
The YUC was organized by the BYC in partnership with the Hay-Atol Ulama El Muslimina Bil-Filibbin, Inc. and the Union of Muslim Youth Organizations (UMYO).
Nasserudin Dunding, chair of BYC’s programs and operations, said the first cluster of this series of the 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. (BPI/PIA-ICIC)