Monthly Archives: November 2013

Kutawato Multimedia Network “Balitang Bangsamoro!” November 28, 2013

Konsultasyon ng Independent Commission on Policing isinagawa sa Bayan ng Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao By Ammier M. Dodo (CBCS/KuMuNet) Matagumpay ang idinaos na konsultasyon ng Independent Commission on Policing o ICP na ginanap sa tanggapan ng Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute o BLMI, Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao kahapon,  Miyerkules, at magtatapos sa araw na ito, ika

We are brothers.

(just a short post. All names below are changed for now -_-)We were still waiting for brother Farhan finish his ablution while the 5 of us sit in a circle, cross-legged in the center of the musallah (prayer room). The Jamaah prayer for Zhuhur (midday p…

Buy a #BangonPilipinas shirt and help typhoon Haiyan victims

If you’ve been following me on Twitter or Facebook (I hope you are I would love to connect with you there!), you’d know that I just came back from a 6-day trip to the Visayas. I flew to Cebu City first. My trip was mainly because I wanted to volunteer …

Mindanao CSOs kicks off Community Consultations on Bangsamoro Basic Law

DAVAO CITY – November 24, 2013 – In support of the public engagements for the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, the Federation of Matigsalug and Manobo Tribal Council in partnership with the Moro-IP Kinship Council convened tribal leaders from Bukidnon, Davao and Cotabato at the ancestral domain territory of the Matigsalug tribe in Lorega, Bukidnon.

Dubbed as Samaya or a Thanksgiving Ritual, the indigenous and Bangsamoro leaders stressed on the need for the native inhabitants of Mindanao to unite and reaffirm brotherhood in order to defeat external moves to divide the leaders.

The purpose of the consultation was to share information and fresh updates on the progress of the GPH-MILF Peace Talks especially on the drafting of the Basic Law which welcomes proposals and recommendations from indigenous peoples.

Choose the Original yet the Best.

There is only one choice for us to become what we want to happen in our life be it in this temporal world and in the hereafter. If you want happiness choose the best thing that can make you remain in that state forever. But the process of choosing itself is part of the larger plan for life.

The diversity of Allah’s plan towards His creation is unfathomable. Every single creation has its own respective plan and that cannot be changed by anyone. Even the parents themselves cannot dictate what the future’s hold for their children. The will of a creation is but dependent to the Will of his Creator.

The parents can only make plans for their children but the process of making that plan is already part of Allah’s plan. And the plan that parents decided for their children is still hanging in the air, unless the design of the plan they made is in line with the bigger plan that had been an architect by All Merciful.

We came to this world not by accident. It is His Will we became human and dwelling in this world for a short period of time. We didn’t even request to Him that we should be sent here for adventure purposes or shall we say for jollity. He created us for Him to be known. We are here just to witness His being God.

The problem we usually encounter is that how to testify to the God that we cannot see?

It was with this reason, the Almighty Allah sent down messengers and prophets in a form of human. Their way of living is in accordance with the lifestyle and culture of a certain place and community. The messengers and prophets were the guide and bringer of what have been forgotten by the people. They bring people back to the awareness of life before they came to this world and the stations they are about to land in the future.

In modern times, we have no more prophets and messengers but Allah SWT has many Saints to guide whom Allah SWT have chosen. We also have Qur’an as a partner of saints to admonish the people to follow what had been relayed by the prophets and the pious in the previous time. The saints of Allah are not human. They are the Path of Goodness. A human cannot become saintly but they can possess some of the saint’s qualities. The saints are the soldiers of Allah. They exist before the final Prophet Muhammad PBUH advent in this world. The saints are the caretaker of the knowledge of Allah taught to our beloved Prophet.

Anyway, what we choose for our life must be good for us not only in this world but include the hereafter. Let us not waist our time to plan for our life. For it already has a Great Planner who fully understands and Most Watchful to the affairs of His creations.

Let Allah’s presence reign in our hearts. Follow the way of the pious and not of the Philosophers. Dive into the ocean of life see and witness what many peoples regarded as “boring”. It’s better to get bored in this world than in the hereafter. According to our guide, Tuan Muhammad Abdulwahid “the Hereafter is the most boring place to those people whose hearts are blind.”

May Allah forgive us all, and admit us to His unlimited mercy. Ameen.

Anak iluh goes to Medical Student Summit

This year’s 8th Medical Student Summit or MSS was held last Nov 23-24 at University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila. Various sessions and plenaries about the “Victories of Philippine Medicine” were held and other events as Med Quiz Bowl, Social’s night …

My Friend and I are both blind.

We can live as one because God is Only One and He is ALLAH. I do respect my fellow Earth citizens but I will never compromise my Faith and my Life. The Truth is only One. He is neither two nor three. Should you coerce me to accept your belief then prov…

Introducing Co-IRIS (International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort)

International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort


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UNYPAD conducts Workshop on Guide Question Formulation for UNYPAD-led Consultations on Public Participation Project

By Tu Alid Alfonso COTABATO City (November 20, 2013) — Under the project called “Building peace in Mindanao through Public Participation in Governance” in partnership with the Conciliation Resources (CR), the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) will lead the implementation of consultations for youth in Central, Western, and Northern Mindanao. Datuan Magon, UNYPAD

Photos: Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray at ABS CBN ASAP

One of the highlights of my October 2013 was meeting Mark McGrath and the rest of Sugar Ray band and playing a role in the staging of the SugarSmashGin concert in Manila. Anybody who knows me can attest that I am one very big Mark McGrath fan and that I …

IMAN joins New Muslim Care in Healing and Feeding Program

Jabir reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The food of one person is enough for two, and the food of two people is enough for four, and the food of four people is enough for eight.” –Sahih Muslim 2059

A Healing and Feeding Program organized by the New Muslim Care Philippines was done last November 10, 2013 at BASECO1 Port Area, Manila wherein more than 300 children and 100 adults attended. The half-day activity included health lectures to the mothers, storytelling and games for the kids and a feeding program for the Muslim and Non-Muslim children of the said barangay.    
The activity would never be a success without the blessings of Allah and the efforts and support of the volunteers and members of other partner organizations, namely: Bangsamoro Overseas Filipino Workers Organization (BOFWO), a Baseco-based Muslim organization led by bro Nasra Guro Onsok; the Islamic Medical Association of the Philippines (IMAN); the Nur Factory Islamic Transformational Movement of the Philippines; and the community in Baseco.
This is the second feeding program conducted in the same area with the first one, another feeding program, done through the personal initiative of bro Abdul Wali in partnership with Nur Factory and BOFWO in August 2013 after the habagat storm.  In shaa ALLAH another healing program targeting more than 500 kids will be conducted in February 2014.
Please include us in your dua’as that these humble efforts will reach and serve more Muslim communities in the future. May Allah reward us all for every simple thing we do for His sake. Ameen.

(BASECO stands for Bataan Shipyard and Engineering Company)


Meeting with BOFWO

Preparing the foods

Health lecture for the mothers by IMAN and volunteers

The Volunteers and BOFWO in BASECO

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It’s easy to get started creating your website. Knowing some of the basics will help.
What is a Content Management System?
A content management system is software that allows you to create and manage webpages easily by separating the creation of your c…

UNYPAD Cotabato City Chapter Conducts Youth Orientation

COTABATO City (November 16, 2013) – The Cotabato City chapter of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) conducted an orientation for the newly organized youth of Barangay Rosary Height no. 3, Cotabato City with some students from Cotabato City State Polytechnic College (CCSPC).  There were 20 youth participants from diverse academic orientation of

UNYPAD Bukidnon Chapter Holds Training for Community Leaders

KALILANGAN, Bukidnon (November 15, 2013) – The Bukidnon provincial chapter of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) in partnership with UNYPAD National Chapter conducted a 3-day training workshop on Leadership, Handling of Meeting; and Conflict Management, Resolution and Transformation,  held at the Iranon Village, Central Poblacion, Municipality of Kalilangan on November 1 to

UNYPAD Bukidnon Chapter Joins in Tree Planting Activity

KALILANGAN, Bukidnon (November 14, 2013) – The Provincial Chapter of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD), Bukidnon Chapter, joined in a tree-planting program spearheaded by community leaders of Iranon Village in Central Problacion of Kalilangan, Bukidnon. The tree-planting activity of the community is in connection with the villagers’ aim of mitigating adverse effects

Misi Al-Kahfi 1-10

We are on a mission :)Who else is with us..? One thing for sure. I know He is.. #prayforus <3

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Kutawato Multimedia Network “Balitang Bangsamoro!” November 7, 2013

Radio Community Peace Forum ng KuMuNet sa Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro sa bayan ng Upi, Maguindanao, Matagumpay na naidaos By Tu Alid Alfonso (UNYPAD/KuMuNet)   Matagumpay na naidaos ang Radio Community Peace Forum ng Kutawato Multimedia Network o KuMuNet sa bayan ng Upi, Maguindanao na kung saan pinag-usapan ang Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro


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IP leaders converge in Upi for a unified position on GPH-MILF peace process

  Around seventy key leaders and representatives of Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat provinces have gathered together in Nuro, Municipality of North Upi in Maguindanao on October 12-13, 2013 for a dialogue and to discuss key issues affecting them in the core and adjacent areas of the…

Distinguishing Fiqh from Shari’ah

For most of the non-Arabic speaking people like me, Fiqh and Shari’ah are used interchangeably. Most often, I use these words synonymously when in fact they are two terms that mean differently. What I understood from childhood is that these two mean “Islamic Law.” However, as I studied in Islamic Online University, I learned that these two are of different meanings.

Fiqh literally means “the true understanding of what is intended.” And Shari’ah literally means “a waterhole where animals gather daily to drink, or the straight path.”

Technically, Fiqh is a science of deducing Islamic laws from evidences found in Qur’an and Sunnah. While Shari’ah is the total of Islamic laws revealed to the prophet that can be found in the Qur’an and Sunnah. In short, Fiqh is a deduced Shari’ah.

Fiqh may also be changed according to the circumstances to which it is applied, while Islamic laws in Shari’ah can never be changed as they are decreed by the Almighty Allaah. Fiqh applies to specific circumstances while the Shari’ah is mostly general in the sense that it is basic principles.

We must understand the Fiqh of Shari’ah for us to be able to live the Islamic way of life. This should be the unifying force that would bring Muslims altogether. In shaa Allaah, we will all learn further.

(source: The Evolution of Fiqh by Dr. Bilal Philips)
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When Someone Shows Interest In Islam

I and Kah Morhana were walking past through perfume section of SM Department store when a salesman approached us. He asked, “Do you understand Tagalog, ma’am?” I exclaimed, “Oo naman.” He smilingly replied, “Ay, Filipino pala kayo.” He was obviously selling his perfume products to us as he escorted us to his stall of expensive perfumes. 
During his talk, I politely said that I don’t use any kind of perfume. He was astonished by what I said and asked why. Perhaps it was his first encounter that someone told him she don’t use perfume. I told him that in Islam, it is not really encouraged to wear the perfume. Or in simple terms, it is prohibited for girls to wear the perfume. Again, he was shocked. “Why would a religion prohibit you from using perfume?”
I explained that it would invite temptation when a girl smells good and sweet. It would invite men specifically. Then, he agreed and reaffirmed that it is the possible reason why we dress like how we do. Apparently, he stopped his sales talk and asked further about Islam, from the four wives to the food and many more. 
I learned that it was not us the first persons he talked to about Islam. He had also previously asked many shoppers about Islam as well. Had he not been a man, I would have invited him over a cup of coffee to talk more about this beautiful religion. 
When I felt like the conversation was getting longer, I politely ended the talk. And we went away. 
From the encounter, I learned something. Many people are interested about our religion. Sometimes, we just have to know more so that we can tell them from the facts that this religion would totally bring peace to them. We just have to have knowledge. AND WE HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO DELIVER IT TO THEM. As Muslims, we have an occupation to live with. We should let the world know about Islam. It is our task to make da’wah. 
I am more than inspired to learn more of the deen now.
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