CMC turns over Sta. Barbara mosque, madrasah to Muslim religious leaders PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 October 2013 13:02

Mayor Beng Climaco, chairperson of the Crisis Management Committee (CMC), yesterday turned over to the Muslim religious leaders the Sta. Barbara mosque (masjid) and the Islamic school (madrasah), which were used as strongholds by Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels in fierce fighting with government forces in that part of the city last month.

The symbolic turnover came after government forces under Task Force Suyod headed by General Carmelo Valmoria cleared both the masjid and the madrasah of any unexploded ordnance and declared the two edifices as safe for use by the local Muslims who will be celebrating the Feast of Sacrifice or Eid’ul Adha on Oct. 15.

Gen. Valmoria together with P/Chief Supt. Juanito Vaño, regional police director, and Col. Ignacio Obligacion, 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander, turned over the facilities to Mayor Climaco who turned over the same to the Muslim religious leaders that included ustadjez, imams and teachers.

“Today is a very significant opportunity for us as we turn over the Sta. Barbara mosque and madrasah to our Muslim brothers and sisters as they will be celebrating Eid’ul Adha on Oct. 15, while we, the Christians, will be celebrating Fiesta Pilar on Saturday,” the lady mayor said.

With the turnover, the Sta. Barbara mosque is open to all Muslims for their Friday prayers from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today.

Incidentally, Catholic faithful will flock tomorrow to the historic shrine in celebration of the feast of the miraculous Our Lady of the Pillar. A mass will be held at the shrine after the traditional procession from the Metropolitan Immaculate Conception Cathedral at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Present during the symbolic turnover of Sta. Barbara mosque and madrasah were Sheiks Mayer Gustaham, Abubakar Mohammad, Wakil Kasim and Salman Sakili, WMSU Prof. Teng Katong, Col. Aminkadra Undog, Col. Jumunir Jubail, Chief Supt. Bensali Jabarani, Gen. Askalani, Police Director Bong Ikbala, Atty. Yasser Appion, Dir. Abion and the Zamboanga Inter-Religious and Multi-Sectoral Movement for Solidarity (ZIMMS) members.

Recalled, the facilities within the conflict areas were first to have been cleared of unexploded ordnance early this week. These included the Zamboanga City Medical Center, Southern City Colleges, the Fort Pilar and the government institutions at Pettit Barracks. — Vic Larato