In the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan, remembering the muslim noble leaders PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2014 11:46

In the spirit of the Holy Month of Ramadan. The GCCPBA-Media Group went around seeking to know who were those leaders among the Sama Bangingih who were embraced by the Christian leaders not only as equals but as brothers and sisters in the service of the city of Zamboanga after World War II, and from the 50s onwards.

In seeking for answers, GCCPBA-Media Group found out that Prof. Ali T. Yacub, Al-Hj, President of the Golden Crescent Consortium of Peace Builders and Affiliates and recently inducted by Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar as a member of the Interfaith Council of Zamboanga City is our good source.

The Media Group was told by some old time residents, he (Prof. Yacub) “literally walked”  in the lifetime of those leaders. So, the Media Group asked, “who is most authoritative on this particular subject, if not one who had associated with those leaders of the past.”

According to Prof. Yacub, aside from Hadji Abdulla Nuno, Maas (Senior), who was the contemporary of Gen. Vicente Alvarez, after (Hadji Abdulla Nuno Maas), there were noble leaders of the Muslim community in Zamboanga City, who were all Sama Bangingi, who served the city government and the Philippine with honesty, integrity, nobility, hence, the Christian leaders and the Christians embraced all of them as equals with all the respect and accorded to so many muslims after them.

Prof. Yacub said after the passing of Hadji Abdulla Nuno Maas who was considered the Prince of the Noble Leaders, came:

* Hadji Datu Tabudjur Taupan,  highly educated Muslim, both in religious precepts and western education.

* Hadji Jainuddin Nuno, highly educated both in religious precepts and western education.

* Hadji Datu Ayu Mandi from the royal clan of the Mandi, highly educated and a religious leader.

* Hadja Sophia Mustafa-Alrashid, highly educated and the first Muslim lady councilor and commissioner, Commission on National Integration.

* Hadji Caril Yacub  educated both in Western education and Islamic precepts.

These were the quadrapartite leaders of the Muslims in this era.

After their (the leaders) passing came a new breed of noble leaders who emerged as the following:

* Hadji Hamid Camlian — though not reared in Western education but could speak flawless English, grounded on Islamic precepts and traditional norms.

* Hadji Yasin Sakaluran, from the royal clan of the Sakaluran, grounded on western education and Islamic precepts.

After the passing of the two leaders quietly emerged the last of the noble leaders was Hadji Ahmad Sakaluran. At his passing, there is a vacuum, according to Prof. Yacub,. He further said the search of noble leader is on until he will be found.

The Media Group asked Prof. Yacub, why the Sama Bangingih leaders in the city earned the respect and  affections of the Christian community, Prof. Yacub, impressed the Media Group when he said:

* The Sama Bangingi by nature loves learning (education);

* Hates violence; and is

* Clean in person, surroundings, and abhor treachery and deception, acts honorable in words and deeds;

* Flexible devoid of fanaticism in their religious practices;

* Accommodating and inclusive;

* Sociable and friendly.

These are some of the traits which endeared the Sama Bangingih to their non-Muslims fellow citizens in the city.

The Media Group made further research on those leaders mentioned by Prof. Yacub and  here are some of the findings from the book of Antonio Orendain II, Zamboanga Hermosa (1980):

* (Hadji) Abdullah Nuno Sr. founder of Taluksangay and respected muslim leaders. The first muslim member of the Provincial of the Civil Government of zamboanga.

Hadji Abdullah Nuno raised and educated as a Christian returned to his people as a grown up man to establish for them a home where they could live in peace after the desolation of their island village.

* Datu Tabudjur Taupan has had a long and distinguished career in the public service. He became a teacher, deputy governor of Sibuku, and a representative to the Philippine Legislature from 1928-31. He was at one time vice mayor of zamboanga city and another time vice mayor of Basilan City.

With regards to Moro (Sama Bangingih) here’s what Antonio Orendain II wrote his book:

* The Muslims who brought the coral rocks that served as the foundation for the roads.

* It was the Muslim “camineros” who maintained the road and kept them clean.

* It was the Muslims who planted the great acacia trees that once lined and still lined some of the streets.

* All the concrete blocks used in building the provincial capitol (presently our city hall) were made by the moros none on whom had previous knowledge of cement work of any kind. They were taught the art of laying stone, which they obviously learned readily and did most of the mason and plaster work on the building (Mindanao Herald, Feb. 3, 1909)

Prof. Yacub noted without hesitation that with the exception of Hadji Ahmad Sakaluran all became government officials in the city, notably, were Sama Bangingih, a pride to their tribe and their people.

Prof. Yacub said they (the noble leaders) were not only respected but were revered for their righteousness and concern for their people.

There were no government offices who annointed them to be the leaders of their people, they earned the respect in their own merit, Prof. Yacub concluded. — GCCPBA-Media Group