4 Islamic symposiums held in Maluso in Ramadhan month PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 July 2016 13:55

The Islamic Development Bank Graduate Association (IGA), in partnership with Madjlis Al-Khutaba’ in Maluso, Basilan, sponsored four Islamic symposiums during this year’s month of Ramadhan in three different schools and one madrasah in Maluso, Basilan.First was held at the  Basilan State College Maluso Campus, Babussalam, Fuente, Maluso, Basilan attended by its 134 students, 9 instructors, and 40 from the members of the Madjlis last June 15, 2016, Wednesday with Ustadz Abdurajan Ismael as the resource speaker. His topic was about the current issues on the Muslim ummah’s way of living that is far beyond Islamic teachings. Ustadz Abdurajan opened up the topic with a hadith narrated by Abu Huraira (R.A.) where the prophet Mohammad (S.A.W.) stressed that every child was born pure and untainted with sins yet as he grew old, he will adapt to what his parents were doing—may it be in accordance with Islamic teachings or not. He also stated three factors that could destroy one’s eeman (faith)> They were (1) rafi-qussu (bad companionship), (2) albai’h (environment) and (3) IblisLahnatullahAlayhi (shaaytan/devil), each supported by every hadith in relation with. Questions were also posted during the event such as why religious leaders hold symposium mostly during ramadhan and if it is permissible to hold one’s saliva while fasting. The resource speaker addressed that Islamic symposiums were held mostly during ramadhan is that a fasting person’s heart is soft and submissive to Allah’s commands so he can be easily reminded of what he ought to do and not to do. The reward of doing good will also be multiplied accordingly and it is because out of compassion to one another. Pertaining to holding one’s saliva was answered that it is permissible so long the saliva have not yet come out from the mouth because Allah (S.W.T.) does not burden His creation of not more than it can take for. He is The Most Merciful according to the resource speaker. The program ended at 11:45 a.m.  Other guests from the said event were Ustadz Melvin Daud, the chairman of the Madjlis, Mr. Tim Ijiran, the national president of IGA.

Two symposiums were simultaneously held on June 22, 2016, Wednesday. One was conducted at Maluso National High School, Upper Port Holland, Maluso, Basilan which started at 1:30 p.m. attended by 300 students and 10 teachers of the school with Ustadz Sansibar Jamahali as the resource speaker with his topic on “ Kaampunan iban Pagsukur “ ( Forgiveness and Gratefulness) by means of saying“astagfirullah” not just when committing sins but also when being tested by Allah (S.W.T.) with blessing or  with calamity for it is a means of thanking your Lord in spite of trials and tribulations. The speaker narrated a hadith of a beautiful woman who got married to an ugly man and yet still thank Allah (S.W.T.) and focuses on serving and pleasing her husband. Ustadz Jamahali stated that istighfar is not just a means of regretting one’s sins and asking the Creator to forgive him but also a way of thanking Allah (S.W.T.) and accepting what has been in taqdeer (destined). This way, according to the speaker, Allah (S.W.T.) will reward a person’s status and wealth in this dunya (world) and in akhirah (hereafter) which should be accompanied with salah (prayer) and search for Islamic I’lm (knowledge). A person need not worry of not being able to earn money within the day he does the means to please his Lord like pangadji (Islamic study) because his Lord will be the one to sustain him and to guide him to the right path. Being honest along the way was also mentioned because as what Ustadz Jamahali stated, ”your Lord is watching you along the way. If you do something not for the fear of pleasing your lord, then it is shallow. A girl may still let a man hold her hands in the absence of her wali (guardian) but if she avoids it for the sake of her Lord, then she will still remain avoiding haram and avoiding her Lord’s wrath because she knew Allah (S.W.T.) is watching her along the way”. This way, one will enter Jannah (paradise) and may live with all the luxuries and comfort no man has ever imagined, In Shaa Allah. Questions were not able to be raised due to Ustadz Jamahali’s urgent need to travel to Zamboanga City.The said symposium formally ended at 3:10 p.m.
Next in line was the symposium on  “ AQEEDAH on AT-TAWHEED AND ASH-SHIRK” (Oneness of Allah and Polytheism) which dated  simultaneously on the above mentioned program lectured by Ustadz Abdulmanap Himpul, an Islamic graduate from Damascus, Syria at Madrasa tu Ta’leemi lAtfal Al- Islamie, Townsite, Maluso, Basilan with the attendance of 106 middle-aged male and a variety of 44 female local residents. On this event, the speaker discussed and explained the the definition of At-tawheed and Ash-Shirk. At-tawheed according to him, is the most fundamental aspect of all beliefs concerning about the total acceptance of the ONLY ONE Absolute and Perfect Creator. So we, as part of that creation should believe and worship Allah (S.W.T.) alone. Associating anything besides Him as equal to His Dominion and Powers ( May Allah protect us from this) is called ‘shirk’ and viewed as the greatest sin a creation can commit and is unforgivable. Ustadz Himpul pointed out the different degree of shirk, one is Shirk Akbar or Major Shirk which comes in the form of offering any kind of worship for the sake of protection to other so-called ‘gods’, ‘patrons’, ‘saints’ which is common in other religions (Shirk Ad da’wah/Shirk of Supplication,as mentioned in Surah Ankabut, ayat 65).This kind of shirk is unforgivable. Second is Shirk Asqar or a Minor Shirk that is an act of worship done so as to gain praise and fame rather than to please Allah (S.W.T.). This is common in human beings pleasing and praising each other that should be avoided. The speaker warned and reminded everyone of the punishment of Allah in Jahannam (hellfire). He stated that to avoid this, one must bear in mind that everything and anything belongs to Allah (S.W.T.) alone and that He is all aware of what a person may conceal to his co-creation.Ustadz Himpul addressed the question as to if there’s a chance for a shirk to be forgiven, he stated that a minor shirk has a chance to be forgiven nevertheless a major one is contradictory. He also gave some forms of major shirks, these are; 1.To ask for help/assistance to anything besides Allah, 2. Believe that Allah has a partner in creating anything, and, 3.To worship other deities other than Allah. The activity ended at 3:13 p.m.
Last was the symposium on ‘Kalagguan Sin BulanRamadhan’ (Significance of the Month of Ramadhan) held at Port Holland Central Elementary School, Lower Port Holland, Maluso, Basilan on June 24,2016, Friday,1:27 p.m. participated by 96 Maluso West District teachers and 140 grade IV students with Ustadz Kaiser Inggilan as the guest speaker. He started with a hadith that Jannah (heaven) is intended to those who fast during the holy month of Ramadhan that never such imagination has ever thought, never been heard of.He elaborated the significances of this blessed month, these are 1. The holy Qur-an was sent to prophet Mohammad S.A.W. during this month, to distinguish of what is halal and what is haram so that the Muslim ummah will be guided, 2.The reward of an ibadah (faith and obedience to Allah) will be multiplied, 3. LaylatulQadar is within the holy month of Ramadhan, 4. Allah will count any act of a sunnatibadah (voluntary) as equivalent to a fardibadah (compulsory) and will reward as such and 5. A fardibadah will be rewarded 70 times of fardibadahs by Allah. UstadzInggilan also told that the month of ramadhan will serve as the perfume of believers (those who fast and those who were people of Paradise) for the breath of a fasting slave of Him is dearer and more fragrant than any perfume in this world. He further discussed the importance of the said month when one of the students asksduring the open forum about a muslim who gives charity to his fasting brother in Islam. UstadzInggilan stressed that there’s a hadith that states that anyone who gives food or anything to his muslim brother/sister will have the same reward as him without even deducting or sharing the fasting brother/sister’s reward. The activity ended at 3:00 p.m.