ARMM Gov exhorts Islam-Christianity’s historical amity PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 February 2011 14:52

The Islamic faithful led by incumbent officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) revisited Tuesday the early Islam-Christianity rapport as Muslims all over the world observed solemn commemoration of the birth of Prophet Mohammad known as Maulidin Nabi.

Ali G. Macabalang of the Bureau of Public Information said that in Tuesday’s Maulidin Nabi commemoration, ARMM acting Gov. Ansaruddin A. Adiong exhorted his constituents and other Muslim Filipinos to “relive” Prophet Mohammad’s teaching on enhancing or sustaining peace and amity with the “true Christians” in this Asia’s lone Catholic nation (the Philippines).

“There’s no substitute to peaceful and constructive coexistence in all places including the Philippines we all live in and love. Enhancing good rapport with Christian brethren and the people of other faiths is next to nothing,” Adiong was quoted as telling some young Muslim students and professionals.
In one of the grand mosques in Marawi, Islamic scholars recalled how the Prophet and his disciples successfully enjoyed refuge at a nearby Christian-ruled kingdom from the persecution of idolaters including his immediate relatives now in Saudi Arabia.

According to Islamic scriptures, the host Christian kingdom was impressed of the recitals of Prophet Mohammad’s disciples of verses in a chapter in Qur’an devoted to Virgin Mary and her conception of Jesus.

During the eventual spread of Islam in Arabia and nearby nations, Prophet Mohammad had sustained amity with the Christian world in pursuit of the prescriptions in other chapters in Qur’an that allow even the marriage of Muslims among the “People of the Book” of Christians.

Maulidin Nabi, which falls on February 15 this year, is one of the national Muslim legal holidays in the Philippines pursuant to Presidential Decree 1083.

It is a non-working day in least 10 provinces and six cities in Mindanao to include the ARMM.
In the five-province and one-city autonomous region, Adiong led some of his official family members and several Muslim clerics in saying solemn prayers in the Islamic City of Marawi Tuesday, reckoning with the teachings and practices of Prophet Mohammad as the “Last Messenger” to mankind.

Amid the brewing debates on the move to postpone the Aug. 8, 2011 ARMM elections, Adiong aired anew his persistent call for observance of Prophet Mohammad’s teachings and those of other faiths advocating peace and good governance.

“In this complex era, let us always be guided by the command of Islam and the teaching of Prophet Mohammad (s.a.w.) for us to keep in ourselves Jikr (constant remembrance of God), Fikr (concern for mankind), Shukr (sense of contentment and gratitude), and Sabr (patience and perseverance),” Adiong said.

Adiong, a scion of the Alonto religious cum political clan of Lanao, added: “Let us always sow love where there is hatred, peace where there is dissension, understanding where there is confusion, contentment, where there is scarcity or abundance, and patience amid all sorts of challenges.”

The 40-year-old Adiong is the sixth chief executive of ARMM, which now comprises the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, and the city of Marawi, and was created in 1990 by the national government in response to Moro struggle for self-determination in Mindanao.

Various sectors and personalities within and outside ARMM are divided these days on the Aquino administration’s move to postpone the August 8 election of regional governor, vice governor, and 24 assembly members.

Two bills have been filed in Congress seeking the synchronization of the ARMM elections with the 2013 regular national and local polls.