Monthly Archives: June 2013

Ethics during Ramadhan for Non-Muslims

Ramadhan or the month of fasting for Muslims is now fast approaching. And for a country where non-Muslims dominate the population, there are always some point in time where a lot of people are getting curious of what really Ramadhan is. What do Muslims do in this month? Why is it so special to them? What can non-Muslims do to appreciate this month? And how can non-Muslims appropriately join in with their celebration?
To have a short reading on need-to-know-about-Ramadhan, please visit my post: Ramadhan for Non-Muslims. And in this post, we will talk about answering the question stated earlier: What can non-Muslims do during Ramadhan? Here is a list of things that non-Muslims can do and should avoid doing, from one Muslim’s personal experiences in living in a place where non-Muslims are the majority. 
What you can do:

1.  Know who are Muslims around you.

Before Ramadhan kicks in, keeping in mind who are Muslims around you–in your neighborhood, in your office, or in your classroom—will ultimately ease things both for you and your Muslim friend. Why is this so? When you are aware that this friend of yours is a Muslim, you will be more careful and would avoid inviting your friend for a meal when he or she is fasting. These kind of scenarios—a non-Muslim inviting a Muslim to eat—is a common happening in places where Muslims are minority of the population (like the metro Manila), because the people are already used to it. Of course, a Muslim would politely decline your invitation considering that maybe you never knew that he or she is fasting. But if you are fully aware of this, these kinds of awkward scenarios would be avoided.

2.Ask about Ramadhan

If you can spend some free time with a Muslim friend, ask him or her about Ramadhan. What do Muslims usually do before and after fasting, where do they spend their days, ask about ‘Eid, what should Muslims do and not do while fasting, and some other simple questions you can ask that your Muslim friend can answer. This is a good way for you to learn more about Ramadhan and Islam, and also a good time for a fasting Muslim to spend time sharing what he or she knew. (Just be understanding and moderate on asking questions and don’t go higher than what your friend can afford to answer 🙂

3.      Try fasting for a day

If you have a Muslim room-mate or a house-mate, you can ask him to let you join and experience fasting. Wake up early and eat shuhurtogether, observe what they would do and ask if you are doing things right. Start by fasting for a half-day where you can break your fast by 12 noon. But if you are really up to the challenge, then try fasting for a whole

day and join your friend until iftar (breaking of fast at sunset). Experiencing it personally would give you a wonderful idea on how the Muslims endure these 29 days of fasting for the sake of Allah. (Again, you don’t push yourself too hard; if you cannot endure a whole day without food or water, you can always start with half-day fasting. Everything is made easy in Islam).

4.       Offer some help for exhausting tasks

Maybe most Muslims would deny becoming weak and unable to do strenuous tasks when fasting, but it’s always the natural way things go. If you have an empty stomach, you will certainly feel weaker physically. And so, as a concern non-Muslim friend, you can always offer them help in some ways. If you saw them along the road, carrying some very heavy things (assuming you do not have anything urgent up your shoulders), approach them and offer some help. In shaa Allah, your Muslim friend will surely appreciate that kind of kindness.

5.       Help them be reminded of Ramadhan

Even Muslims forget what they should do and should not do while fasting. If you have some knowledge of what a Muslim should do (pray on time, read the Qur’an) and should not do (listening/participating with no-good talks, staring intently at the opposite sex), then you have the right sense to remind them too. Ask them how many pages of the Qur’an did he finished today, how many voluntary prayers in the Masjid, etc.  Maybe this is supposed to be a Muslim’s task to remind him in the first place, but having another person reminding him is always a great help.



What you should avoid:

I only have two things in this list. So far, I only found these two on the list that one should avoid (as much as he or she can) during Ramadhan:

1.       Avoid eating in front of fasting Muslims

Muslims who are fasting would usually avoid food-places like restaurants. But there will always come a time that they cannot avoid it at all (for example in lunch meetings). If you are aware that one of your companions is a fasting Muslim, you can always try to eat somewhere else first as a respect to your friend. But if things are not on your control, at least ask your Muslim companion if it’s ok to eat in front of him or her (I am pretty sure he or she will say “Sure, its fine with me” 🙂

2.       Avoid mingling with a Muslim of the opposite sex

Talking and mingling with the opposite sex is a normal day-to-day happening in a non-Muslim’s life. This might sound weird for non-Muslims, but this is something that a Muslim should avoid doing—not just in Ramadhan, but in the other normal days as well. I cannot talk about the reasons why because it would need a lot more than just a single write-up with a short discussion. I would just give emphasis on the notion that during Ramadhan, one of the things that would nullify a Muslim’s fasting is through untoward intentions for the opposite sex. And to avoid these from happening, the simplest way is to avoid mingling with the opposite sex unless highly necessary.
If you have this comfy, hug-all-friends kind of personality, try avoiding what you usually do (hugging or clinging to the arm of a friend of opposite sex, even if it may not mean anything to you). Muslims are really not comfortable with such 🙂


This last thing on my list is the most important of all and applies for both the Muslims and non-Muslims. Having different faiths and beliefs would never be a reason for anyone to be misunderstood and create trouble to the other group. When there is tolerance and respect, everything will come into place. Respecting each other’s beliefs, being open-minded and understanding them is the ultimate ingredient in living harmoniously with anybody, whatever their beliefs may be.


Again, I am reiterating that I am no scholar in Islamic ruling and I only know what little basic things about our religion. This post is intended merely to help those who wanted to know more about Ramadhan and Islam and what they have to know about this month’s importance to the Muslims. If you may find some errors in this post, something that is contradicting with what you heard or learned form a real scholar, please do not hesitate to inform me that I may correct them. I am already asking an apology for those shortcomings I may have. 
I am praying to Allah that He may guide us all to the right path and reward us for every good deed that we do. May He forgive us and may He allow us to receive his bountiful blessings in this coming Ramadhan and the next one to come. Ameen.
Salam Kasilasa

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UPDATE: Critical Relations between International Relations and Islam (8th Pan-European Conference on IR)

8th Pan – European Conference on International Relations

Theme: One International Relations or Many? Multiple Worlds, Multiple Crises

Wednesday 18 – Saturday 21 September 2013

Warsaw, Poland

Organised by the ECPR Standing Group on International Relations and EISA in cooperation with the Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw and the Polish Association for

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FB06-5: IR and Islam: Muslim Political Thought, International Society, and GCC

FB06-5: IR and Islam: Muslim Political Thought, International Society, and GCC

Time: Friday, 20/Sep/2013: 11:15am – 1:00pm
Chair: Maria do Céu de Pinho Ferreira Pinto, University of Minho
Discussant: Katerina Dalacoura, London School of Economics


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FD06-6: IR and Islam: Arab Spring, Democracy, and Islamist Conceptions of Political Life

FD06-6: IR and Islam: Arab Spring, Democracy, and Islamist Conceptions of Political Life

Time: Friday, 20/Sep/2013: 4:15pm – 6:00pm
Chair: Rolin G. Mainuddin, North Carolina Central University
Discussant: Maurits Berger, Leiden University


Modernity, Secularism and ‘Islamic’ Conceptions of Democracy: The Case of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

Katerina Dalacoura

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SA06-7: IR and Islam: Turkey’s Political Islam and Foreign Policy

SA06-7: IR and Islam: Turkey’s Political Islam and Foreign Policy

Time: Saturday, 21/Sep/2013: 9:00am – 10:45am
Chair: Gül Ceylan Tok, Kocaeli University
Discussant: Can Zeyrek, University of Marburg


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Gorkem Altinors

University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

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SB06-8: IR and Islam: Politics of Gender, Collective Identity, Neo-Patrimonialism, and Desecuritization

SB06-8: IR and Islam: Politics of Gender, Collective Identity, Neo-Patrimonialism, and Desecuritization

Time: Saturday, 21/Sep/2013: 11:15am – 1:00pm
Chair: Gorkem Altinors, University of Nottingham
Discussant: Istar Gozaydin, Dogus University, Istanbul


From Threat Perception to the Model Collaboration: Desecuritisation of the Relationship Between Turkey and Other

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TB06-1: IR and Islam: Geopolitics of Iran and Iraq, Israeli-Iranian Nuclear Problem, and Velayate-e Faqih

Addendum: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rolin G. Mainuddin wii be the new discussant for panel TB06-1.

TB06-1: IR and Islam: Geopolitics of Iran and Iraq, Israeli-Iranian Nuclear Problem, and Velayate-e Faqih

Time: Thursday, 19/Sep/2013: 11:15am – 1:00pm
Chair: Naveed Sheikh, Keele University
Discussant: Turan Kayaoglu, University of Washington


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TC06-3: IR and Islam: Theoretical Notions, Conceptual Approaches, and Paradigms

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Time: Thursday, 19/Sep/2013: 2:00pm – 3:45pm
Chair: Maurits Berger, Leiden University
Discussant: Mohammed Ayoob, Michigan State University


“Islam” and the problem of meta-narratives in IR – A critical perspective on research beyond the West

Jan Wilkens

University of Hamburg, Germany

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TD06-4: IR and Islam: Depiction of Prophet Muhammad, Problem of Cultural Incommensurability, and Muslim Countries Relations with France and UK

TD06-4: IR and Islam: Depiction of Prophet Muhammad, Problem of Cultural Incommensurability, and Muslim Countries Relations with France and UK

Time: Thursday, 19/Sep/2013: 4:15pm – 6:00pm
Chair: Stefan Borg, Swedish Institute for International Affairs
Discussant: Raffaele Mauriello, Sapienza, University of Rome


Depiction of Prophet Muhammad And The right to freedom

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June 28, 2013 – The Free Cocoy Tulawie Movement representing civil society organizations, peace advocates and human rights organizations, condemns in the strongest possible terms the recent spate of kidnapping of the Abu Sayyaf Group who once again managed to victimize this time, two independent film-makers and fellow human rights defenders, Linda and Nadjoua Bansil.  We share the anxiety and fears of the family and friends of the victims as we also desire to extend whatever possible assistance in order to secure the immediate, unconditional and safe release of the victims.

It boggles the mind of ordinary Filipinos and Moros why the ASG continues to commit kidnapping and acts of terrorism despite the massive counter-terrorism measures waged against them by the Philippine government.  One factor that we can cite is the recent experience during the March 6, 2013 hearing of the criminal case filed by Governor Abdusakur Tan against Cocoy Tulawie before RTC-Manila Branch 19.

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Maguindanao cluster-3 Provincial Chapter holds Seminar-workshop on Time Management and Community Organizing

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Al-Mu’tamar al Qimma al-ula lil Ulama fi Sulu: The First Summit of the Sulu Ulama: Bridging Leadership Workshop

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By Warina Sushil A. Jukuy   Entered by Saleh Ampaso Bucay   
Aimed at bridging divides among the ulama, asatidz and religious leaders in Sulu, the Al-Mu’tamar al Qimma al-ula lil Ulama fi Sulu: The First Summit of the Sulu Ulama: Bridging Leadership Workshop transpired at Tabang Sulu Center, Capitol Site, Patikul, Sulu last November 4-6, 2006. Various stakeholders who engaged in the dialogue were from the ulama, asatidz, academicians and members of the Jama’ah or muslim congregation. Among them were: Tuan Muktar H. Alan, , Judge Nabdar Malik, Coun Temogen Tulawie, Hji Fazlur Rahman Abdulla, Engr Barjunaid Amilasan, Prof Amirul Ahajul, Prof Ysmail Titing, Tuan Nagdir Abdurahman, Tuan Said Yusah, Tuan Arshaid Abdulmadjid, Dr Hamsali Jawali, Dr Adjili N. Isduri,Tuan Abdurajak Alhari, Ustadz Habier Mohammad and Sulu Grand Mufti Habib Jul-asri Abirin.
The Bridging Leadership Framework of AIM-Mirant Center in the context of Islamic principles was adapted by the lead convenors: Dr Hannbal H. Bara and Al-Rashir C. Kulani, in consonance with the indigenous needs of the participants.

Dr Bara and Mr Kulani introduced a variety of concepts and approaches such as Systems Thinking, Causal Loop Diagram, Force Field Analysis and VMOKRAPI.

The convenors impressively steered the participants through a dynamic dialogue to learn and unlearn concepts on leadership, divides, Islamic fiqh, tariqa, da’wah, and madhab. At the end of the day, after co-owning peace and development issues, they reached a consensus on collaborative vision and action plan. The 1st Ulama Summit which was sponsored by the Jolo Municipal Government, Sulu Provincial Government, Pagtabangan BaSulTa and  AIM-Mirant Center marked the launching of Waqaf Foundation, Inc.

The efforts of the organizers must be lauded for three reasons: the inevitable role of the Ulama, the Asatidz, along with the Muslim leaders were re-illuminated through fresher, realistic, meaningful perspectives and insights; the significance and value of  dynamic and rational engagement through dialogue exercise  among religious and other stakeholders was successfully illustrated and applied; and a resolution was drafted and signed resolving conflicting issues on tabligh, salawat between taraweeh, uttered Bismillah against silent bismillah amicably. It affirmed that the tabligh’s practices are not deemed bid’ah (innovation) but is administrative in nature based on a fatwah from Pakistan; that salawat between taraweeh must be encouraged and regulated (solemn and not rowdy) according to the norms of  Islam; and that as to whether Bismillah must be silent or uttered: due respect and tolerance for different madhab must apply.

However, it was disturbing not to see any female participant from the ulama or asatidz sector, although this writer monitored the proceedings of the 3-day summit. The Muslim leaders from Sulu were able to transcend from their individual idiosyncrasies and differences by taking the initiative of seeking points of convergence that will respect as well as tolerate healthy divergence through an interactive Summit. Moreover, an insight need be articulated that the first summit is undeniably a momentous gain that must be nurtured to bear blissful fruits in the future. The same concern vigilance and vehemence must be expected from religious leaders foremost on issues such as unjust rulers, graft and corruption, unjust killings, drug lords and other organized crimes as well as other forms of oppression and injustices which are worst than slaughter. The Ulama’s opinion and advice is a crucial elixir on the ills of the Muslim society.-30



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Covering ABS CBN “Luv U” and “Goin’ Bulilit” press conferences

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