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TAUSUG POSSESSES RARE COURAGE

Neldy Jolo

As a renowned Muslims, Tausug are fierce warriors that have been defending their faith since the era of Spanish Conquistadores, American Imperialist, Japanese Colonial-Asiatic and Filipino Neo-imperialist.

Tausug engaged in continuous defence war with Spanish for more than 300 years left a heinous scar in the face of world military history of resistance. Tausug being known as one of the finest, valiant and ferocious freedom defenders of the world is also famous as the best divers in the world, especially for pearls. 

By Rameeta (Rameer Tawasil)
The Tausug indigenous belief in relation to the unseen creatures like jinn (genie) and saytan (devil) is interconnected with Islamic belief. The sinner dead will be held in hell to serve the sentence of the sins acquired while still alive. The Tausug also believed in a sort of karma boomerang to human while still alive, that goes “suli iban kisas di maraa mapatay”, roughly means “whatever person did in life cannot be brought to death”.


There are different choices of Tausug tawal-tawal (whisper-chant) and charms that has a significant element for their daily lives. This is to hope for success and luck, especially when going to the battlefield and visiting any social-economic gatherings and activities. 


By just turning the face from the enemy, even more fatal if it is running away from a defence fight, thus a memory-engraved shame. Tausug will never submit to defeat until death succumbed.


As a heterogeneous identity of people, Tausug are found mainly in the three areas: coastal areas (ha higad or parian), hinterland areas (ha gimba), and island areas (ha pu’). 


Tausug Maligay by Rameeta

Tausug as the communal identity of the citizens of the nation Sulu Archipelago and of the state of Sulu Sultanate Darul Islam speak Sinug called Bahasa Sug. Sinug is spoken as lingua franca with other dialects such as: Sinama, Binisaya, Tagalog and Malay as well as English.

The legendary mountain known Bud Tumantangis is still alive in the hearts and minds of the Tausug folklorist. The existence of Bud Tumantangis as the highest peak in the Sulu archipelago other than historic Bud Dahu, Bud Taliapao Bud Kaha, Bud Bungau ad Bud Tapul is a tale of the Tausug valiant ancestors.


Bud Dahu is seen from the Jolo port.
Tausug will be feeling the nostalgic renditions the Bud Tumantangis when start sailing from and to the place. The drama of the silhouette could be seen from far away sight upon leaving and approaching the port of Jolo. Bud Tumantangis derived from the Sinug words “bud” mountain, “tuman” mark or true and “tangis” cry that deciphers as “true-crying-mountain”.

Tausug edifying belief can be seen in their rites and dances; these are reflecting nature of the ebbs and waves flowing back and forth that signify their sails at sea. A traditional Tausug dance is popularly known as pangalay, accompanied by a kulintangan and agung with the janggay, metal-made accessories put in fingers of the dancer. Pangalay is derived from the Sinug word “langay” means “gesture” and “alay” means “offer” hence, “a gesture of offering” for the Tausug foreign and local visitors.

Sulu Darul Islam Flag is right now flying in the different place in it territories, courtesy of Yazir Rajim
Tausug acquired courage from Islam is afar doubt and bravery is believed to be indisputable, “Tau Maisug” or people of the courage became their venerated forename everywhere. Be it in writing and in oral traditions still possesses rare courage. Maisug was drawn from the root word “Isug” that is for courage and bravely. Maisug literally mean “possessing courage or bravery”. Yazir Rajim, a Tausug author revealed in his book “Kakaun Sug, Beyond Recipes,” that it is from the food “where the courageous Tausug starts”.

Tausug is a collective name to the various ethnics and sub-ethnics thriving in Sulu archipelago regardless of faith but mostly are Muslims. They are: Buranun, Tagima, Baklaya, Champan, Banjar, Ilanun, Sama, Subanun, Chabacano, Bisayan, Palawani, Mulbug, Jama Mapun, Laumsuba, Arab, European and many others. Due to the intermarriages between them, they could hardly distinguish their ethnicity and sub-ethnicity.

Tausug is also known as Sulug, Suluk and Solok to the people around likusantara (Southeast Asian region). Tausug was derived from the Sinug words Tau “people” and Sug “sea current”; hence moniker “people of the current” was natural. It is the Tausug ancient tradition to sail, dive pearls and trading, because their ancestral home-islands are having strong tidal currents that were been receding back and forth to South China Sea to the Celebes Sea from Sulu Sea.

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Salam Maal Hijrah 1433H

2 tahun tak lupa tinggalkan entri bersempena tahun baru hijrah. Bercerita saja tentang apa saja. Kurangkan tentang orang lain sebab itu cerita mereka. Tapi adakalanya cerita mereka dan cerita aku bersatu menjadi cerita kami. Dan semuanya bakal menyeron…

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TAUSUG IRREDENTA

Neldy Jolo


TAUSUG IRREDENTA*
Nelson Dino Sulu


I am called what I am to be and identified as such, why call me the name that described hates in me? Did I ever agree to be called with that name? I never think so. You like me to be so because you hate me with that name. I am proud that I was born on this identity of mine – so call me such – the right one. You know what it is.


The first time you touched my shore, you called me Moro because of my faith to distinguish my identity from Indio – you changed their belief too. You replicated their doubled identity. 

“I promise from whatever ethnicity I may belong, I was Tausug, I am Tausug and I will be Tausug. I am not “a good Moro is a dead Moro” but a good Tausug is a living Tausug till the death will die!”
You said your belief is good for me as you assure, but why should you kill me? I was defending my rights to live in my belief until you vanished then banished from my homeland after more than three hundred years – the years that’s not too long to count and to wait. 


Then the eagle perched on me and befriended me while fighting the people identified from the further north of Sulu archipelago. I should not be mistaken: were they not the people that I learned named after syphilis-died King Philip II? So they were Filipino – not ME?

Because I was so sincere, I penned ink to the unprecedented tricky paper. I was so sincere but some of my kin abused it later. They wanted to grab me out of the throne and they created their own. 


I was known as cosmopolitan when you “civilized human” embraced my homeland with “education”. Am I not educated with my own respect when the time you arrived? I was so indeed. 


No, I never learned the odium until I became topic in the podium. It was because I was in the mountain; the clouds hug me and comfort me as my dead body lying in the crater. My blood drained to the ground as witness to my own soul. 


Ants, flies and other creatures witnessed my slain body – as you do. I was left burlesque in the eagle eyes and was beheaded but still a guy.

I never say goodbye to the identity and belief I swore to die, until Yamato spirit launched to do kamikaze-banzai by the descendants of daimyo but I never perished but I did a similar belief – a parang sabil spirit. 


Then you are mistaken again: I am not juramentado of your definition but at least you fear me. I oath to die for an honourable defends of truth that you put in falsity – you never frightened me of my being so.

The remnants of your cowardice still remained like the scars in your rotten flesh. You have no soul – you betrayed and swindled me but I was not deceived. 


Why do you assumed me to be good when I am dead? Who are you to say that? You are not God that created me and so you – the whole humanity.

Why do you compare me to be “a good Indian is a dead Indian”? Do I? It is all up to you. Anyway, I will fight for what is right and “to write and to say” is my right, as you do.


You made a play of the name you gave me – “Moro-moro” as what was known to be and other one was “Sultan of Sulu”. But at least you made it out of nothing that you can do – but frustrations over my effects to you. 


I defended my homeland, the treasure of the treasured culture. I was nurtured and scribed with the sweat and blood as well as tears – tears of the mujahidins, the orphans and the widows. Their tears were the ink that can never perish until forever comes to expire.

It doesn’t matter if you mocked me as such; as long as you feel my feeling that you too had felt under the foreign government. You wanted to be free as what I was leading to be. The freedom that I have been longing for is here without you giving. I was indeed free.

I was born with nostalgia found at every misty peak of mountain ranges by the Sulu Sea; the Bud Tumantangis, Bud Datu, Bud Dahu, Bud Bagsak, Bud Talipau in the island of pearls, facing the breezing sea, the Bud Bungau in the strong current of bay.

The Bud Mantalingahan in the island known with beautiful sanctuary of nature, Bud Matangal and Bud Sinangkapan in the known as the island of hope, the Bud Batulampun in the garden of flowers and the Bud Kinabalu in the land below the wind.

I am the homeland that was led by the religious strongman: Sayyid Abubakar. He eventually became Sultan Syarif Al-Hashim, the episode that cum gives birth to my nationhood and statehood.

It began with the sweet lullaby of scenery on 17 November 1405. Then he was succeeded by the honourable men in the battle – the Tausug Gagandilan that linger forever in the heart of young minds further.


That was it. I promise from whatever ethnicity I may belong, I was Tausug, I am Tausug and I will be Tausug. I am not “a good Moro is a dead Moro” but a good Tausug is a living Tausug till the death will die!

*Declamation dedicated to the Tausug Citizens that were administered by multiple foreign governments but right now reactivating their own government.


http://www.sulu-darul-islam.com/2011/11/tausug-irredenta.html?spref=fb

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ten, again

Every experience teaches you a lot of lessons. Doing Cartas de la Soledad surely was an excruciating journey but one with tons of valuable lessons. So in the tradition of Limbunan where I listed ten lessons learned, I’m listing not-so-new things that I…

STORIES BEHIND FAMOUS SAYINGS: THUS GOOD TAUSUG IS DEAD TAUSUG!

Neldy Jolo

The similar saying, “good Indian is a dead Indian was introduced to Minsupala (Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan) to discriminate the inhabitants whom Spanish, American and Filipino called “Moro” – Hulabangsa Mindanao and Hulabangsa Sug (Tausug) assumed by American soldier as “a good Moro is a dead Moro”, thus a good Tausug is a dead Tausug.”

Arata Awata wrote in his blog: “Forget that Filipino Indios says “a good Moro is a dead Moro” and in Spanish, the cognate moro is considered a racist and derogative term.” 

According to Spencer Tucker, “The American civilizing efforts applied both might and persuasion in altering sequences. Many American soldiers, however, operated under the assumption that “a good Moro is a dead Moro.”

“a good Tausug is a dead Tausug”


Stories behind famous sayings

The Saying:

Who Said It: Gen. Philip Sheridan

When: 1869

The Story behind It: In January, 1869, General Sheridan held a conference with 50 Indian chiefs at Fort Cobb in the so-called Indian Territory (later part of Oklahoma). At that time, Sheridan, who had gained recognition as a Union officer in the Civil War, was in charge of the Dept. of the Missouri. One of his duties was to oversee the Indian Territory, making sure that the Indians remained on their reservations and did not harass the white settlers. When Comanche chief Toch-a-way was introduced to Sheridan at the conference, the Indian said, “Me Toch-a-way, me good Indian.” Sheridan reportedly smirked and replied, “The only good Indians I ever saw were dead.” Later on, the remark became “The only good Indian is a dead Indian.” – http://www.trivia-library.com

“He (Sherman) is one of the three individuals to whom the bluntest of all policy statements – the only good Indian is a dead Indian – has been attributed. The first to say it was probably the Montana congressman James Cavanaugh; then (Philip) Sheridan picked it up, and finaaly Sherman who (according to Meneken) said it to an Indian who was panhandling at a railway station as Sherman was disembarking. Me good Indian,” the old man said, to which Sherman replied, “So far as I know the only good Indian is a dead Indian.” It is doubtful that the old panhandler received a cent.” – Larry McMurtry (The Colonel and Little Missie. Pg 69) 

“There is an anecdote told concerning Sheridan during his campaign against the Indians. Comanche Chief Tosawi, or Silver Knife, reputedly told Sheridan in 1869, “Me Tosawi, Me good Indian,” to which Sheridan is said to have replied, “The only good Indians I ever saw were dead.”…This was then misquoted as “The only good Indian is a dead Indian”. Sheridan later denied he had made the statement to Tosawi. Earlier that year, on May 28, (1869) Rep. James M. Cavanaugh said in the House, “I have never seen in my life a good Indian … except when I have seen a dead Indian.” That remark may have been mistakenly attributed to Sheridan.” – Wikipedia –

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TAUSUG IS KAHAWARISTA!

Neldy JoloIn the cosmopolitan Jolo, people raised with the culture of coffee break. Many coffee shops in Jolo serve coffee even in a half glass. It is for a person who doesn’t want to drink much or having no enough budgets. To order just say “tunga…

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PERKAITAN ILMU SILAT MELAYU & ILMU KABBALAH SULUG

Ketua Pemuda UMNO mencium Keris Melayu tidak lama dulu. Hari ini umat Melayu Malaysia masih bersemangat meneruskan semangat kepahlawanan silam “sekalipun perlu meminta maaf setelah mencium keris sendiri”. Umat Melayu memerlukan anjakan paradigma dalam …

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Dynastic succession

Dynasty is a succession from the same line or a succession of rulers from the same family. Gleaning from the available but scarce familial information, I have attempted to outline the succession to the Sulu throne. The contention is that the Sulu …

Cumulative reign and average tenure in office

Using the same data used in the determining the rulers with the longest and shortest reigns, we are also able to come up with the cumulative years of the Sulu sultanate as a political sovereign and the average reign for a Sulu ruler and who among the t…

Sulu’s longest reigning monarchs

Between Shariful Hashim, the first Sultan, and Sultan Jamalul Kiram II, the last truly sovereign, is about twenty-eight (28) crowned rulers of Sulu and North Borneo. We wanted to know who reigned the longest. So set the task of chronicling the dat…

“…WHY MORO IS NEVER THE TRUE NAME OF UR PEOPLE …?

Neldy Jolo

A friend named ‘aN asked me about Tausug and Moro and Sabah. Here are the questions:

Assalamualaikum, how r u …?? lama menyepi…is everything ok..??Hope not too late to wish u, Eid Adha.. May Allah Bless u and ur people in a good Dignity always..amin! can i ask u something…?? based on ur status 30mnt ago..

Rayyan Makno: “Islam teaches the truth and nothing but the truth. Moro is never the true name of our people.” i agreed with the first statement.. but for the “Moro is never the true name of our people.” its confusing me… 
:( can u help me to expain that…??



Dalam buku Tausug & Kesultanan Sulu, “Bangsa Moro membawa maksud kesatuan semua etnik yang menganut islam….”(Bab 2, pg16). 
and one of ur comment stated that Tausug-Muslim.. Tausug dalam buku pula “Bangsa ini telah gemilang dan terbilang setelah mereka KESEMUANYA menganut islam” maknanya…Tausug senonimnya beragama islam…then why Moro is never the true name of ur people..??and why should people said TAusug Muslim..??

another thing that i can’t imagine until now… how Sabah can be part of Malaysia if yearsss back, Sabah is part of ur land…
i asked bapak, n he ask me to read about sejarah Malaysia…i know about sejarah Sabah masuk Malaysia but i want to know from ur perspectives, from ur point of view as one of perjuang kemerdekaan Tausug…

sorie… im still reading this book and its hard to understand n imagine it.. its a HISTORY dude…!! huh…!! pening.. 
:(.but i promise, ill finish this book as soon as i can..now im trying coz as i reach the middle of the book, the story become more interesting… hope i can finish by this week.. pray the best for me…

hehe…thanks for the question…let me clear it to you from the basis of history…
owh… pls give me the simplest way for me to understand… why should U said thanks… im the one who asked u.. :;)
MORO is nowadays a term given to the Muslims way back the coming of Spanish to the Sulu Archipelago (Sultanate of Sulu) and Mindanao (Sultanate of Maguindanao) in the year 1578…So Moro is not the original name for the people of Sulu and Mindanao. Moro is just to identify the Muslim from Christian called Indio and eventually became Filipino.


TAUSUG is a collective term for the people of Sulu Archipelago (Tausug means Sulu People – Tau is people, Sug is Sulu.)


North Borneo was part of the Sulu Sultanate and was leased by British North Borneo Company in 1878. North Borneo got independence on August 31, 1963 and eventually join Malaysian Federation in September 16, 1963 as State of Sabah…

In the spirit of historical account, North Borneo still part of Sulu Sultanate but as Sabah it is already part of Malaysia no doubts to that. Malaysian Government pays yearly in the name of North Borneo lease to the Sultan heirs of the Sulu Sultanate based from the judgement of British Judge or North Borneo Macaskie…

Yes Tausug is synonymous to Muslim but in the context of name or citizenship Tausug is name of the citizens of Sulu Archipelago (Sultanate of Sulu). Tausug is called Suluk in Malaysia…

In summary:

Moro is a religious identity for the Muslim people of Mindanao and Sulu Archipelago. When you say “Moro” u would mean Muslim – refering to religious identity.

Tausug is national identity of the people of Sulu Archipelago (Sultanate of Sulu). When you say “Tausug” u would mean people of Sulu Archipelago – referring to national identity…but Tausug is Muslim based from their religious identity (Moro as Spanish called them such).

ok. thats mean, Tausug people is not 100% muslim..ist?? coz its referring to national identity… while Moro = muslim (given name by “them”)..than, its mean muslim there prefer to call them Tausug Muslim, where they will get clearer identity..?

and its real that Msia gov paid RM5,000 yearly to Kiram’s Family..?? and where r those people (Kiram Family) stay now??

Yes “Tausug” as national identity is referring not to religious identity…but if you say Tausug it is synonymous to Muslim – because before the coming of Islam to Sulu Archipelago they have been as Tausug or Sulug (Sulu People or People of the current)…

Like when say Malaysian, it doesnt mean Muslim. but If you say Malay it would Muslim in Malaysia…In Indonesia when say Malay or Melayu, it doesnt mean Muslim. Right?

Kiram Family are scattered all over the world, but the one that recieved the payment are staying either in the Philippines and Sulu Archipelago…Yes Malaysian Government paid them.

When Tausug embrace Islam in 11th century their name as Tausug/ Suluk/Sulug never changed…That is why West called them Moro of Sulu or Muslim of Sulu or simply Sulus who embraced Islamic Faith…We have to identify the National Identity and the Religious Identity. Like the Word “Melayu” in the broader context doesn’t mean Muslim or religious, but Racial Identity. Right? It is only in Malaysia that” Melayu” is synonymous to Muslim or Islam. 


To make it more clear: Tausug is both National Identity for All of the inhabitants of Sulu Archipelago at the same time synonymous to Islam. We have to look at the different ethnics of the Sulu Archipelago as part of the collective national identity, Tausug…

Ethnics that are within Sulu Archipelago (Sulu Sultanate) collectively called Tausug are:

 1. Buranun (Muslim)

 2. Baklaya (Muslim)

 3 Tagimaha (Muslim)

 4. Banjar (Muslim)

 5. Sama (Muslim)

 6.Dampuan (Muslim)

 7. Yakan (Muslim)

 8. Subanen (Mostly Christian and No religion)

 9.Kalibugan (Muslim – former Subanen)

10. Mulbug (Muslim)

11. Jama Mapun (Muslim)

12. Bisayan (Christian and some embrace Islam)

13. Palawani (Muslim)

14. Bangingi (Muslim)

15. and many other…

ok! cleared than.. thank u so much Mr Neldy! :)

You are welcome…if u have clarification let me know…

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rainbow cake class

Ha…inilah classmate yang sama – sama belaja buat  rainbow cake….heheheheheInilah rupe rainbow cake yang sya decorate…..Inilah rupa kek bial dipotong ( ni gambar kek chegu angeline ) saya punye x dan nak amik gambar….hahahaha

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THE DEAFENING SOUND OF GUNS FIRING … AT OUR HOPES AND DREAMS

A Statement by the Young Moro Professionals Network Inc.
 (Reposted, from the YMPN_West.Min FB Group Page, dated November 10, 2011)
What happens when you fight fire with fire? 

The Young Moro Professionals Network Inc., a group of young leaders who present positive contributions of Muslims in society, would like to register its strong rejection to an all-out-war policy in Mindanao. We appeal to the public for sobriety, let us always choose peace in Mindanao and elsewhere in the country.

We also appeal to our friends in the media to be more responsible. We loathe irresponsible and sensationalized media reports. Are media people already developing bias towards violence? Let us remind our friends in the media that there is such thing as ‘Peace Journalism’. May we propose that instead of overvaluing violence in television, radio, internet and newspapers, let us look at non-violent alternatives in delivering news items.

Certainly, war will never solve any problem in Mindanao. It only aggravates the situation adding economic and social outlay. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), as of October 28, a total of 5,699 families or 28,547 individuals in 33 barangays (23 in Alicia, Mabuhay, Olutanga, Payao and Talusan all in Zamboanga Sibugay and 10 in Albarka, Basilan) have been displaced. 

Wars and its effects are detrimental especially to the future of the youth in Mindanao. Further, it robs us of any progress we have made in seeking lasting peace in Mindanao.

To cite one, a World Bank report in 2005, states that although the indirect economic costs and the social damage from the conflict cannot be quantified with any precision, they certainly dwarf the $2–3 billion in direct economic costs. 

The report also highlights that the conflict in Mindanao had already brought an estimated 120,000 deaths and uncounted numbers of wounded and disabled, and a displacement of more than two million people, of whom almost half in 2000 alone, during President Estrada’s “all-out-war”. Now, the strategy of bombing Zamboanga and Basilan is affecting innocent families who are now displaced and are in need of immediate assistance to be able to survive.

We grieve with the families of all victims and join them in calling for justice. However, we want the Government to clarify on its “all out justice” campaign; define its parameters since there are innocent people being adversely affected. We pray that any action, military operations especially, towards seeking justice should never trample basic human rights. There are mechanisms in the peace process to address issues of justice. Let us uphold these for there is indeed much to address. Reports of human rights violations and persecution of political prisoners abound.

Lastly, we plead that both the government and MILF panels would always view the peace negotiations as the only resort to this crisis; uphold the peace process for both parties to continue to talk formally and continuously. They should stay the course for a peace agreement and we are also calling both parties to honor and continue local peace mechanisms i.e. ceasefire agreement. As the lead professional organization of Moros worldwide, we YMPN in the tradition of its proactive in bridging divides, call for sustained methods of peace-building and seeking justice. We reiterate the need for collective support from the whole Filipino Society to ending misunderstanding and securing lasting peace in Mindanao. 

The Young Moro Professionals Network (YMPN) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) composed of young Moro professionals advocating peaceful means to improve the socio-economic well-being of the Bangsamoro people. While a majority of members live in the Philippines, particularly in Metro Manila and Mindanao, there are several members who are based in other countries. YMPN members are largely employed, both in government and private sector jobs.

Leadership: An Islamic View

Article contributed By: 
Abu Khuwailid Ibn Hajiri

A single Ummah requires unity among the people of the nation. A successful Ummah calls for an eloquent leadership from a strong and faithful Ameer. For all those years that had passed, where is the rightful Ameer that was supposed to lead us towards divine righteousness and positive development? Where is the rightful Ameer of the Ummah?
The May Election is fast approaching: another event full of deceit and ostentatious promises from running politicians with all their “I-can-do-this-and-that”. Promises we only see in papers. Promises that only last a few words, if not of a few minutes only. No one can ever distinguish which is a part of truth in their words. Election is a time for the common people to choose the right man to lead the way. It is so much a crucial decision where the future of the land depends on. But how can the people of a Nation select the right choice if every man in the screen-show of politics does the same thing: promise and nothing more. How are we going to judge; what will be our guidance in choosing those who are capable of uplifting our state? To whom shall we put our trust and our future as well?
Islam stretches the importance of good governance and Politics that plays a vital role in an Islamic society. As stated in the Holy Qur’an:
Behold! Thy lord said to the angels; ‘I will create vicegerent on Earth…” – Al-Baqarah (2):30
Man was created to lead a good example, addressing the need of the people’s concerns and promoting the propagation of Islam. In fact, Rasulullah S.A.W. had shown the world how Islam can bring about positive change and development during the advent of Islam in his time. The only problem the Bangsamoros nowadays have—may be as an effect of the colonial era experienced—is for overlooking the Islamic way of leadership and its principles that contributes to positive development. This laxity of the people frequently resulted to the rampant graft and corruption among our leaders that could be seen in every nook off the province—greatly contributing to the dawdling progress in the Moro areas.
To help us recognize the ‘real’ Leader we’ve been waiting for , let us glimpse at how Islam sees what a good leader is. Let us know and understand some “Attributes of a good, Islamic Leader”.



ATTRIBUTES of AN ISLAMIC LEADER:

1. Ma’rifatud Da’wah (Understanding of the Mission)
An effective leader must know his purpose as a leader, void of selfish intentions and claims. He must know both his greatest responsibilities and the obligatory rights his constituents deserved to have so as to serve without any reservations.
2. Self-Cognizance (Knowing owns ability and short-comings)
Without self-cognizance, a leader goes out of control and might keep on doing unnecessary acts that might lead to the destruction of the cause and dismay from his people. A leader must know what he can do and what he cannot.
“A person who wishes to be a leader but without self-cognizance is like a crab trying to crawl straight—which is impossible.” –Imam Ashari Muhammad
Humility is also a prerequisite in attaining this attribute.
3. Wonderful representation.

A leader is a like a mirror in which the followers view to get the correct picture; a model towards righteousness. He must always be the first one to act and not wait for others. He must always help his fellow men in task works that keep on giving orders. He must also multiply his sacrifices more than any other member of the cause do.
“And verily, you (O Muhammad) are on an exalted (Standard of) character.” Al-Qalam (68):4

4. 4. Unveiled and Equal Vision

The ability to give accurate evaluation of any incident or to any man without bias is also an important trait a leader must have. Transparency and equal judgment is an essential factor to maintain the order in a society. These two traits also secure the trust of the people. Complete truth without any stained agenda is an attribute only attained by the most pious men.
“Verily, Allah loves unveiled vision (spiritually enlightened) when faced with doubtful fronted with the promptings of nafs” (or so was said) 

“And that when you judge between men, you judge with Justice…” –An-Nisah (4):59

5. Undying Determination

The struggle to uphold Islam requires people with strong determination and tenacity. The ability to overcome difficulties, avoid obstacles and threats, and solve major problems with ease is governed by an Ameer’s undying hope and determination to keep going. This will maintain and fuel the actions of the Ummah as a whole.

6. Optimistic (Tafaul)
Always hoping for future success. This would enable the leader to motivate his fellow men to withstand all the challenges for the struggle.
“O you who believe! If you will aid in the cause of Allah, He will aid you and will plant your feet firmly.” – Muhammad (47):7

“Among the believers are men who have been true to their covenant with Allah. Of them, some have completed their vows to the extreme, and some still wait. But they never changed their determination to the least.” –Al-Ahzab (33):23

May Allah, the most Merciful, guide us towards a better tomorrow; guide us in our vital decision of choosing an Ameer that will lead us to the long lost dreams of our Nation: Peace in our land and Governance of Islam Insha’Allah!

(Originally compiled and written by Abu-Khuwailid Hajiri—on February 19, 2010, Marawi City, Bangsamoro Nation)


UVPN: The Red Carpet to the Call

by: Asmina U. Sulaiman, RN
UVPN Cotabato
What’s so intriguing about UVPN?

As you try to do a 360-degree turn-around, you will be able to see the physique of the world. You are to probe the top and bottom part where you can see what’s trending and what’s ready to trash out,;who’s in the go and who left behind. Yet, I bet you are to see more. When you look around, what you are seeing are people being busy on their own lives, maybe struggling to earn few pesos for their hungry family at home; maybe one is just aiming for fame, power and money. Only a few are yelling around the streets for their grievances to be heard. Maybe some are just not yet contented so they keep on searching. Most are just people who act like normal, surviving everyday of their life. Other words, everyone has its own call.

Well, let me tell you. It is just a sneak-a-peek. You missed something. You might be forgetting the internal area where the roots grew horribly that raises the question “Why these things are happening?”. Most especially, you missed the area where you stand at. It may be just a piece of place fitted for your feet alone, yet could elevate or shrink you at a time. Around you is nothing but a huge package of natural-human dilemma and temptations. So worldly that it might blind you from your true mission. 

I started my UVPN life earlier when I was in high school. Back then, it was the former Voice of the Youth for Peace Organization which was later named as Voice of the Youth for Peace and Orderliness until it got to be today’s United Voice for Peace Network. As a starting organization, we encountered different things. We do activities, plan them, materialize them, gather operational budgets and it never be that easy. We admit we have difficulties doing those. Those difficulties were rooted from several things like financial matters, behavioral problems, scarce resources and time constraints stretching us into a critical thinker “geeks”. So we sort it out by bending our resources and exhausting our options. It is not only about handling problems. There is more in UVPN that obligates us to wake up ourselves.

The call for peace is what always comes to the surface. It nurtures us to be peace-loving individuals, which is the very behavior of being a Muslim. Me and the people on this group learn so many ways on how to struggle with it so as not to take it for granted not because we have ourselves and other people to accommodate. But we know, deep in our hearts, that above all our sufferings we have Allah SWT who watches us, gives us the things we ought to learn, what we ought to let go and what we must continue to look forward to. With these, I know I have my shields not to be blinded with the sparkling yet blazing fire of secularism and make myself free from the deceiving call of the world that will makes everyone shrunken and fallen into Hellfire.

Why the world distracts us so much from what we are supposed to be doing? The answers are found within us. Life, in the general perspectives, has the most things a man ever wanted: love ones, material values, memories, faith, name it all. But as humans, we are not just travelers. We have the privilege to choose. No matter how you are being trapped in a situation, you still have a choice. You always have. To be saved, be it by yourself or by others, will always be your choice.

Life is a marathon. And the finish line is our own death. As you run for your life, best is to run it with purpose. You are running because the true essence of life is learned when you pass through the finish line. And how will you know if it’s worth it or not? Simple: it is when, along the way, you feel that satisfaction within you; just because you haven’t aimed much yet Allah SWT gives you more than what you have asked for. You just run for a purpose and that purpose is to please Him with our complete submission. We must come to realize that we are just into temporary things here. Nothing will give us the special treatment when the Day of Reckoning comes. We are so dignified being the highest creation of Him which of course, must worship and love him in return.

UVPN taught me these — intriguing the world, running in the name of Allah SWT and responding to the true call: The call of Islam.

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Asminah Sulaiman is a Maguindanaon and graduate of BS. Nursing from Notre Dame University (NDU) Cotabato City. She is now a Registered Nurse (Alhamdulillah) and is staying in Cotabato City. She is one of the first UVPN Young Muslima leaders in Cotabato City and Maguinadanao who is aspiring to help the Muslim Communities in their area, Inshaa Allah.

"…why Moro is never the true name of your people"?

“…why Moro is never the true name of ur people …and why should people said Tausug Muslim?”

by Neldy Jolo on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 8:52pm
A friend named ‘aN asked me about Tausug and Moro and Sabah. Here are the questions:

‘aN:
Assalamualaikum, how r u…?? lama menyepi…is everything ok..??
Hope not too late to wish u, Eid Adha.. May Allah Bless u and ur people in a good Dignity always.. amin! can i ask u something…?? based on ur status 30mnt ago..

Rayyan Makno: “Islam teaches the truth and nothing but the truth. Moro is never the true name of our people.” i agreed with the first statement.. but for the “Moro is never the true name of our people.” its confusing me… can u help me to expain that…??

Dalam buku Tausug & Kesultanan Sulu, “Bangsa Moro membawa maksud kesatuan semua etnik yang menganut islam….”(Bab 2, pg16). and one of ur comment stated that Tausug-Muslim..

Tausug dalam buku pula “Bangsa ini telah gemilang dan terbilang setelah mereka KESEMUANYA menganut islam” maknanya..Tausug senonimnya beragama islam…then why Moro is never the true name of ur people..?? and why should people said TAusug Muslim..?? another thing that i can’t imagine until now…

how Sabah can be part of Malaysia if yearsss back, Sabah is part of ur land… i asked bapak, n he ask me to read about sejarah Malaysia…i know about sejarah Sabah masuk Malaysia but i want to know from ur perspectives, from ur point of view as one of perjuang kemerdekaan Tausug… sorie… im still reading this book and its hard to understand n imagine it.. its a HISTORY dude…!! huh…!! pening.. .but i promise, ill finish this book as soon as i can..

now im trying coz as i reach the middle of the book, the story become more interesting… hope i can finish by this week.. pray the best for me…

Neldy Jolo:
hehe…thanks for the question…
let me clear it to you from the basis of history…

‘aN:
owh… pls give me the simplest way for me to understand…
why should U said thanks… im the one who asked u.. :

Neldy Jolo:
MORO is nowadays a term given to the Muslims way back the coming of Spanish to the Sulu Archipelago (Sultanate of Sulu) and Mindanao (Sultanate of Maguindanao) in the year 1578…So Moro is not the original name for the people of Sulu and Mindanao. Moro is just to identify the Muslim from Christian called Indio and eventually became Filipino.

TAUSUG is a collective term for the people of Sulu Archipelago (Tausug means Sulu People – Tau is people, Sug is Sulu.) North Borneo was part of the Sulu Sultanate and was leased by British North Borneo Company in 1878. North Borneo got independence on August 31, 1963 and eventually join Malaysian Federation in September 16, 1963 as State of Sabah…

Neldy Jolo:
In the spirit of historical account, North Borneo still part of Sulu Sultanate but as Sabah it is already part of Malaysia no doubts to that. Malaysian Government pays yearly in the name of North Borneo lease to the Sultan heirs of the Sulu Sultanate based from the judgement of British Judge or North Borneo Macaskie…

Neldy Jolo:
Yes Tausug is synonymous to Muslim but in the context of name or citizenship Tausug is name of the citizens of Sulu Archipelago (Sultanate of Sulu). Tausug is called Suluk in Malaysia…

Neldy Jolo:
In summary:
Moro is a religious identity for the Muslim people of Mindanao and Sulu Archipelago. When you say “Moro” u would mean Muslim – refering to religious identity. Tausug is national identity of the people of Sulu Archipelago (Sultanate of Sulu). When you say “Tausug” u would mean people of Sulu Archipelago – referring to national identity…but Tausug is Muslim based from their religious identity (Moro as Spanish called them such).

‘aN:
ok. thats mean, Tausug people is not 100% muslim..ist?? coz its referring to national identity… while Moro = muslim (given name by “them”)..than, its mean muslim there prefer to call them Tausug Muslim, where they will get clearer identity..?and its real that Msia gov paid RM5,000 yearly to Kiram’s Family..?? and where r those people (Kiram Family) stay now??

Neldy Jolo:
Yes “Tausug” as national identity is referring not to religious identity…but if you say Tausug it is synonymous to Muslim – because before the coming of Islam to Sulu Archipelago they have been as Tausug or Sulug (Sulu People or People of the current)… Like when say Malaysian, it doesnt mean Muslim. but If you say Malay it would be Muslim in Malaysia…In Indonesia when say Malay or Melayu, it doesnt mean Muslim. Right?

Kiram Family are scattered all over the world, but the one that recieved the payment are staying either in the Philippines and Sulu Archipelago…Yes Malaysian Government paid them.

Neldy Jolo:
When Tausug embrace Islam in 11th century their name as Tausug/ Suluk/Sulug never changed…That is why West called them Moro of Sulu or Muslim of Sulu or simply Sulus who embraced Islamic Faith…We have to identify the National Identity and the Religious Identity. Like the Word “Melayu” in the broader context doesn’t mean Muslim or religious, but Racial Identity. Right? It is only in Malaysia that” Melayu” is synonymous to Muslim or Islam.

To make it more clear: Tausug is both National Identity for All of the inhabitants of Sulu Archipelago at the same time synonymous to Islam. We have to look at the different ethnics of the Sulu Archipelago as part of the collective national identity, Tausug… Ethnics that are within Sulu Archipelago (Sulu Sultanate) collectively called Tausug are:

  • 1. Buranun (Muslim)
  • 2. Baklaya (Muslim)
  • 3 Tagimaha (Muslim)
  • 4. Banjar (Muslim)
  • 5. Sama (Muslim)
  • 6.Dampuan (Muslim)
  • 7. Yakan (Muslim)
  • 8. Subanen (Mostly Christian and No religion)
  • 9.Kalibugan (Muslim – former Subanen)
  • 10. Mulbug (Muslim)
  • 11. Jama Mapun (Muslim)
  • 12. Bisayan (Christian and some embrace Islam)
  • 13. Palawani (Muslim)
  • 14. Bangingi (Muslim)
  • 15. and many other…

‘aN:
ok! cleared than.. thank u so much Mr Neldy!

Neldy Jolo:
You are welcome…if u have clarification let me know…

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