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Anti-Muslim Candidates in the Philippines 2010
By Samira Gutoc
Al-Jazeerah, ccun.org, April 12, 2010
For decades now, the Moro people are still
deprived of their God-given right to self-determination and be fully
recognized for thier distinct culture and identity. This is the root of the
Moro conflict that spawned four decades of armed rebellion in Mindanao. An
opportunity to resolve the conflict came forth when peace negotiators of
both the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) formulated
the historic Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) that
sought to end " historical injustices" against the Moro people.
political vultures, led by MAR ROXAS and FRANK DRILONswooped down on the
MOA-AD even before it could take its course, paving the way for renewed war
in August 2008. Today, these people are presenting themselves as worthy of
the publics by running for political office. Joining them is the ever
incorrigible war advocate, Erap Estrada. Well, Drilon and Estrada are long
past their time of having hoodwinked the people for their trust. But what is
disturbing is the unrepentant ROXAS whose anti-Moro stance seems to grow
even stronger as he sees political seems to grow even stronger as he sees
political victory in May 10, 2010 as just around the corner. He desrves no
less than political defeat to shake him off from apathy.
Muslim religious leaders have spoken about their worries reagarding the
candidacy of these people. In MARch 9, 2010, a fatwa(religious edict),
by Marawi city's Grand Imam, Shiek Jamil Datu-haron Yahya said:
After studying the actions and
policies of Mr.Erap Estrada before and
after his election as president until this present time, we found out that
he is really an enemy of Islam. Likewise, Mar Roxas and Franklin Drilon who
were strongly opposed to the MOA-AD and filed petition-intervention before
the supreme court against the signing of the MOA-AD. Hence, up to the
present, they are against the welfare of the Bangsa Moro.
due to their
anti-Muslim and anti-peace, we strongly call all Bangsamoro
people NOT TO
VOTE for them ( Roxas,Erap,Drilon.)
"VOTING FOR THEM IS HARAM (Forbidden)."
Inspired by the example of
yahya,Islamic scholar Abut thabit saripada who wrote the following opinion
which supports the basic idea of the fatwa:
" Every Muslim should
help in phillipine politics with a clean intention of achieving the
prosperity of the people and the nation. It is an obligation of every Muslim
in the Phillipines to help not to let those candidates that are against the
Muslims and Islam win, from the presidency and in every position, just like
Erap. Those who have the lest evil or those who are not against the Muslims
and Islam should be supported. That is what Allah means in his verse:
Lessons learned from this verse:
Non-Muslims are of two kinds. First,
those who fight against Muslims and
his work is to destroy and oppress the Muslims.
Second, those who treat
Muslims in a good way and in justice, and not against the Muslims and Islam.
2. Those non-Muslims who are not against Islam should be treated
fairly and justly. They should not aggrieve them because they could help for
the betterment of the community and the nation. Just like voting a candidate
who is not against the Muslims.
3. It is unlwaful and forbidden to
support tha candidates who are against the Muslims, like Erap who killed
many Muslims. It is also reported that they slaughtered a pig in a Masjid in
(Camp) Abu Bakr, and used the Qur'an as Tissue paper.
That is why
we need to widen our mind and open our hearts to help the candidates who
have the qualifications of loyalty, honesty and strength for (bringing about
Let us remember: catapulting ROXAS,DRILON
and ESTRADA into power will only give them greater leverage to thwart any
attempt to build lasting peace in Mindanao!
CONCERNED MUSLIM CITIZENS OF THE PHILIPPINES
LACS DALIDIG, IMERG, Marawi City