Muslim professionals talkabout moving peace frontiers PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 April 2011 09:44

The Golden Crescent Consortium of Peace Builders and Affiliates (GCCPBA), the Muslim research group of the Golden Crescent Peace Council affiliated with the Interreligious Solidarity Movement for Peace (IRSMP), the fastest growing society of peace advocates, recently convened its members in its bi-monthly meeting last March 26, 2011 at the Solidarity center, RT Lim Boulevard, Zamboanga City.

The chairman, Prof. Ali T. Yacub, Al-Hj, presided the meeting together with other members to include Al-Jihan Edding, Mohammad Abdul Raouf Ekong, Aldrin B. Abdurahim, Rasheed Sakaluran, Abs Damahan, Dr. Aydani Janjawi, Rey Timbola and newly approved regular member Abubakar Abdula. The consortium is composed of Muslim dignitaries from various chosen fields — police, military, national agencies, LGUs, NGOs and the academe.

A discussion on the international happenings on various Muslim countries was one of the focal point for reflection and discussion during the gathering.

Fr. Angel C. Calvo, CMF, Lead Convenor of IRSMP, shared his personal analysis on what is happening in the international scene affecting Muslim countries.

He congratulated the consortium for having been successfully journeying the peace frontiers through the formation of this research group.

“The happenings affecting the world will also affect Muslims in the Philippines,” said Fr. Angel Calvo. “The popular uprising especially involving young people are for all of us to discern and put attention to. This indicates a strong message of being in solidarity and to consider options for peace and development.”

“Change of leadership and finding an alternative political system” has been some of the recommendations and challenges that Fr. Calvo shared among the members. Following the Para-Madinah model of bridging leadership focused on leadership, entrepreneurship and ethics will inspire all of us as we move frontiers of peace.

Meanwhile, Prof. Yacub challenged the members to consider initiating a forum concentrated on Islam and governance that will involve the Ulama, other religious leaders, academe, government line agencies and emerging leaders from the youth sector. Also, the consortium disclosed plans for recognizing honorary members as part of the organization.

As the Muslim consortium plans for the next quarters of operation, IRSMP seeks to implement some programs in line with its peace and governance through the Department of Interior and Local Government where OIC-Director Moh. Taha S. Arakama will be notified of his entry to the consortium as an honorary member.

Thus, GCCPBA and IRSMP put forward the concept of peace and interfaith dialogue moving its peace frontiers to more sectors of the society. The happenings in the international scene may affect the local communities if proper consciousness will not be upheld. It is but a greater challenge to this organization to be of help to more communities. — AA