PARANG, Maguindanao – The Parang Foundation College Incorporated (PFCI) conducted Symposium on Islamic Teaching Advocacy to achieve unity among Bangsamoro students held at the Tomawis Gymnasium, Poblacion 2, on October 13, 2015. Some 321 students attended the program.
The said activity was exclusively for the mostly Iranun students but Christians students were also allowed to join.
Engr. Gabasan Ali, former Maguindanao Board member and presently the school president gave the opening remarks and emphasized on value formations.
“This was the first time that an Islamic Symposium is conducted by our school,” Ali said.
Ali has committed to hold more Islamic symposia in their school, an idea supported by Abdulmonem T. Ali, Barangay Chairman of Pob.2, Parang, Maguindanao.
Ustadz Ali Dagandar, lectured on “how to choose friends? He said that, “It is truly important for one to choose friends possessing good attitudes and sound characteristics, rather than a friend who is a backbiter, would not pray regularly or those Muslim women or young girls that doesn’t hesitate to show their aurat”. With that kind of friend, he will lead you astray”.
“This is the reason why Islam urges us to select friends and even husband or wife,” he added.
Mr. Edres G. Rasul talked about the status of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) still pending in both Houses of Congress. He said that the BBL is not yet dead.
“Hoping that when lawmakers return on November for the resumption of their sessions, the BBL will be enacted, so that once and for all we could finally attain just peace in Mindanao and become prosperous,” he stressed.
“We believe that once the original BBL drafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) is enacted into law, it would bring lasting peace were no one is left behind, whether Muslim, Christian or Lumad,” Rasul pointed out.
Ustadz Saguir Salendab, a well-known Preacher on Islam was invited by the Parang Vice Mayor Suraida Biruar to share teachings of Islam.
Salindab explained to the students who are mostly female about the rights of women in Islam.
“Before the advent of this religion (Islam), women were treated like properties that have no rights for themselves. It was only at the time of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) when the Noble Qur’an was revealed to him that women were treated humanely with distinctive rights that must not be ignored,” said Salindab.
Ustadz Ali Dagandar and Aleem Esmail Solaiman facilitated the Q&A portion of the program. Whoever got a correct answer on questions derived from the lecturers presentations were given rewarded as a token for listening attentively.
Certificate of Appreciations were given to the lecturers, assisted by Mr. Ali Mastura Arimao, the Master of Ceremony.
The School Guidance Counselor Yulanda Flauta Bacar, delivered the closing remarks.