Monthly Archives: July 2013

Aku Berprasangka..

Ampuni aku Ya Tuhan.. Aku berprasangka..Ada manusia..Yang bila bicara seolah tak pernah berdosa..Sedangkan dari nilaian manusiawi..Mereka ini tidaklah lebih baik dari yang lain..Pernah juga berkali-kali tergelincir..Pernah dengan jelas dan berani membe…

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The Story Circle Magic Workshop

Do you want to know how they do it?

Do want to learn the basic and advance move in sleight of

Do you want to do magic using Science?

Do you want to know the secret?

Here is your chance.


The Story Circle will condu…

UNYPAD chapters hold series of Symposia in Moro communities

COTABATO City (July 29, 2013) – The latest community Ramadhan symposium of the UNYPAD chapter with a theme “Strengthening Leadership through Youth Empowerment” was jointly organized by Hadji Saidona Pendatun Foundation College, Inc. and the Cluster 3 of Maguindanao chapter held at the GSKP Gymnasium on July 24 attended by hundreds of participants from different

Memorandum:Carpenter Agreement 1915

The Government of the Philippine Islands Department of Mindanao and Sulu Office of the Governor Zamboanga, P. I. March 22, 1915 Memorandum:— The Governor of the Department of Mindanao and Sulu, Frank W. Carpenter duly authorized by His Excellency, the Governor-General, and the Sultan of Sulu, Hadji Mohammad Jamalul Kiram, together with the other officers […]

Top (Best) Universities in Turkey based on World Rankings

I will briefly highlight basic facts of Turkish universities’ ranking status. There are only three institutions considered as highly influential rankings dedicated to ranked universities worldwide (kindly check their websites for regular updates of universities’ current standings/rankings): 

1. Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE-WUR)

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Shariah Law and living under the context of Minority co-existence : The Case of Living under Secular Law.

Notes by Yusuf Morales Introduction : Generally, under all circumstances we as Muslims must obey Islam as elucidated by Islamic laws or shariah. This has been seen as following divine law. There is however a contextual understanding to this since Shariah exists on several levels. There being generally two categories Ibadah (devotional) that which involves […]

Qiyamul Layl Symposiums 2013

Bismillah.For years, United Voices for Peace had conducted Series of Qiyamul Layl Symposiums during one of the last 10 days Ramadhan where Laylatul Qadr (the night of Great Power) is usually sought after as from the authentic ahadith.This year, there w…

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Me and my Beard

Bismillah. The following conversations/questions are always thrown at me when they see my beard.
Friend 1: “Hey Ahmad, why don’t you shave your beard? Are you really letting that grow? Or you just don’t know how to shave…” =)
Professor 1: “You are a Muslim and you have a beard. So, you have been to Mecca, right?”
Friend 2: “I like your beard… But man, it makes you look older!”
Maybe there are a lot more conversations I had with friends (especially non-Muslims) who would never fail to notice my now-two-inch-long, sparsely growing beard hanging on my chin. And whether they ask me why, or I would notice them getting curious about it, I only have one answer for them: 
“It’s simple my friend. This is SUNNAH!” (Usually followed by a beaming smile here)
But what is Sunnah, you ask?
No, it’s not the Arabic for “fashion”. Nor is it something done to please other people. SUNNAH is simply “following the examples of our beloved prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him)”. A Sunnah comes in various forms: it can be an attitude in dealing with people, it can be a set of words uttered in some occasions, it can be the way of wearing your clothes, and most importantly Sunnahs are act of worships done voluntarily by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). 
All Sunnahs are from the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and all sunnahs done by a Muslim, even done voluntarily, is a accompanied by great wisdom both in this world and the next, and of course rewards from the great Rewarder, Allah, the Most Gracious and Merciful. We show our love to our prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by following his examples. This is a manifestation that we believe in all his truthful words and actions.
It is also a form of identification that this brother is a Muslim. If the Muslim women have the Hijab, we Muslim men have the beard. (Although this cannot be applied to the general public, coz there are also non-Muslims growing their beard =D ).
So why do Muslims grow their beard? Because Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had let his beard grow without shaving it (at least keeping it not too long and not too short). Growing a beard is a form of following the Prophet. And this is a simple way of saying: “I love my prophet, and I will follow his examples. And I attest and bear witness that he is the last prophet and the messenger and servant of Allah.” For Muslims, this is the second shahada commonly heard in arabic as “Ashahadu anna Muhammadur Rasulullah” which is a part of a Muslim’s life until his last breath.

So now we now why Muslims grow their beard. It is not a fashion statement. It is actually a simple way of following and living the teachings of their deen (religion). For Islam is not just a religion, but a way of life.  

And so, my friends… The next time you see me and my beard… It’s not that I do not know how to shave… It is also not an “identification” only for those who have been to Makkah (Mecca)… Yes, I may look older or look weird to you with my beard… But I love them, and I am happy of having them hanging in my chin (haha)… I will never cut them… And I will let them grow (as a prominent Muslim scholar say) with their natural flow… Because I am a Muslim. And I follow no God but Allah, and I follow His last Prophet, Muhammad Rasulullah (PBUH).
Salam kasilasa 😀 

UNYPAD Women Affairs Committee organized in GSKP, Maguindanao

July 23, 2013: The Maguindanao 3 Cluster Chapter of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) conducted a half-day orientation to women youth of General Salipada K. Pendatun (GSKP) town held at the Hadji Datu Saidona Pendatun Foundation College Inc., GSKP, Maguindanao on July 20, 2013. Akmad S. Musa, the Chapter President, said: “We

The Fastest two-months I ever had

Bismillah.It’s already July, and since the first day of classes this year, I am still amazed as how fast things are going on in my almost-messy-unorganized days as an LU4 (Learning Unit 4 or 2nd year Med) student here in UPCM. Since the past two months…

SONA 2013: “…pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law before the end of 2014.”

Excerpt from the English translation of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered by HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT BENIGNO S. AQUINO III at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives, Batasang Pambansa Complex, Quezon City, on July 22, 2013

“Peace is also within reach in a region that has long been torn apart by conflict. In October of the previous year, the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro was signed. In truth, just nine days have passed since the signing of the second annex of the agreement. We are confident that we will not have to wait long before hearing more good news on the development of the peace process.

salamindanaw international film festival emerges

A new exciting event emerges in the Philippines’ tuna capital. 
The inaugural SalaMindanaw International Film Festival organized by the SOCSKSARGEN Center for Film Arts, Inc. and the Mindanao Center for the Moving Image will unroll its red carpet in General Santos City from November 26th to the 30th, 2013 coinciding with the Mindanao Week of Peace.
The Festival shall present feature films by established Filipino and international directors alongside short films by budding Mindanao filmmakers in six sections (5 competitive and one non-competitive exhibition): Asian full-length film competition, Asian short film competition, Mindanao short film competition, Summer Film Camp shorts, General Santos inter-school film competition with the theme “Caring for the Seas”, and International Perspectives.
For details on how to submit entries, please go to

Mindanao CSOs Statement on SONA: “A Postscript to the Wealth Sharing Deal”

July 22, 2013 – We, Mindanao civil society groups, sighed with relief when the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) finally signed the Annex on the Revenue Generation and Wealth Sharing Agreement last Sunday, July 14, 2013. Some would say it’s historic but not as euphoric as the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB)1. Some likened it to giving birth complete with labor pains and all, since after the FAB signing, it took almost nine months of conceiving, reviewing, and even changing the mode of negotiations midstream before it was delivered as one of the crucial consensus agreements in the GPH-MILF peace process2.

The Paradise That Is White Island Camiguin

I think no trip to Camiguin Island will ever be complete without a visit to the popular, uninhabited sand bar called White Island. It is nothing but paradise! Crystal clear water, white sand and lovely view of Mt. Hibok Hibok. Located about 10 minutes away from the shore of Barangay …

Make Your Own Havaianas 2013 Northern Mindanao leg #MYOHCDO2013

The most awaited annual event of every Havaianatico (read: big fan of Havaianas) is finally here! The Make Your Own Havaianas 2013 Northern Mindanao event, which lets you customize your very own pair of Havaianas, will be held on August 17 and 18, 2013 at the Activity Center of Ayala …

Ramadan 2013

 Ramadan Kareem to All IMAN brothers and sisters, may this month be a Blessed, Healthy and Fruitful one for us all inshaAllah! Share your Ramadhan Snapshots:Email us at

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IMAN Snapshots

MSBS-IMAN-Unilab Med Mission at Correctional Institute for Women in Mandaluyong

Source: Sisters Bridging Society

-September 30, 2012 · · Photos taken at Correctional Institute for Women – Mandaluyong City
“Alhamdulillah, September ended with a medical mission for 121 sisters at the Correctional Institute for Women. Jazakallaahu khayran katheeran to our doctors from the Islamic Medical Association of the Philippines, and Unilab for sponsoring some of the medicines given to our dear sisters”- MSBS

IMAN- It was a great opportunity having served an often neglected community of women in the correctional, where most have been abandoned by their own families due to imprisonment.  Some are mothers and wives themselves, some former breadwinners. Faith can further be at its lowest in this kind of environment but Alhamdulillah, the Correctional Institute for Women in Mandaluyong respect an interfaith relationship among its inmates and even conduct livelihood projects to keep them productive. Beautiful wallets with swarovski-like beads in different designs and colors as well as creative national flag key chains were just among the items for sale at individual shops inside the institute. Muslim Sisters Bridging Society (MSBS) has made an effort to share their legal expertise spearheaded by Atty Aisha Malayang as well as provide Psychosocial support with Muslim Psychologists like Prof Jane Marie Dimacisil. Dr. Nadhira Mangondato, OB Gynecologist and Dr Naheeda Mustofa were among the IMAN physicians present. 

Sharing that Colorful Hijab

Philippine College of Physicians Annual Convention — SMX Mall of Asia – May 2013

Dr. Asniah Eppie and Dr. Omie Mangorsi

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Women Affairs Committee Conducts Islamic Symposium

By: Baisanie J. Macabuat July 19, 2013: “We do hope that this Ramadhan will develop and strengthen our powers in controlling ourselves from doing all wrongful desires and bad habits and it will bring us near and close to Allah (S.W.T), and we pray that Allah will forgive all our sins.” This was the message

International Relations and Islam: Diverse Perspectives

International Relations and Islam: Diverse Perspectives presents the idea of finding a middle way or common ground of understanding between two bodies of knowledge conceived from two different hemispheres of the world; namely, International Rel…

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Bangsamoro in Quezon City holds Ramadhan Symposium

July 16, 2013: The Moro (of different tribes) from Salam Compound, Culiat, Tandang Sora; Garcia Muslim Community in Luzon Avenue, Quezon City, and Baseco of Manila City crowded the Salam Compound at Culiat in the first grand Ramadhan symposium conducte…

Ardent Hibok Hibok Spring Resort Camiguin Island

So after our fun Mantigue Island escapade, my family and I then proceeded to Ardent Hot Spring Resort in Camiguin Island. Since it’s been a few years since our last Camiguin Island trip, we didn’t know that this Camiguin tourist spot has been renamed. Apparently, it’s now called Ardent Hibok-Hibok …

South Border Band Back To The Roots 20th Anniversary

Anybody who truly knows me knows that my most favorite Filipino band is South Border. I love, love, LOVE them! Not only do I admire them as talented artists but I also appreciate them as humble, wonderful people. They’re also fun to work with. Very professional and really know their …