Peace Building and Counter Radicalization – Ulama Consultative Conference

We are happy to inform you that on February 7, 2018 at around 8:00 AM, personnel of Regional Police Community Relations Division headed by PSSUPT MADZGANI M. MUKARAM, Chief, RPCRD in partnership with Darul Iftah headed by Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdulbaki Abubakar, Ulama Council of Zamboanga Peninsula headed by its chairman, Sheikh Muhaimin Sakili and Sabiel Al-Mohtadeen Foundation as represented by Dr. Sahie Udjah conducted a one (1) day Ulama consultative conference dubbed as ULAMA: Brothers Conversations for Harmony, Mutual Respect and Common Good with a theme: “Fostering Relationships-Bettering Communities” held at the Function Hall, Camp Gen. Eduardo B Batalla, JRT Lim Boulevard, Zamboanga City in observance of the World Interfaith Harmony Week 2018. 

The conference started with the Qur’an Reading and Opening Duwaa of Sheikh Abdulquddus Samad. Then, followed by a welcome remarks and rationale given by PSSUPT MUKARAM who made a gradual introduction of the conference as it aims firstly, to resolve issues and concerns on Social Media amounting to Cyber Bullying act and secondly, to strengthen the relationship among and between Ulama and the Community. Afterwards, the lecture proper started on understanding Cybercrime Law by PCINSP JOEL C TUTTUH, Chief, Regional Anti-Cyber Crime Office. Then, PCINSP KARIB A MUHARRAM, Chief, Salaam Police Center presented an Actual Case on Cyber Bullying which includes a recent online defamatory and libellous article or blog confronted by the Ulama.

Thereby, a workshop followed which divided the participants into five (5) groups as facilitated by Professor Alih Aiyub and Professor Munib Kahal of Western Mindanao State University. Thereafter, each group presented their outputs by way of raising a problem and finding a solution. Majority of the problems they raised that include an issues of Mistaken Identity, Force Disappearance of the Muslim Comrade, erroneous accusation against a Muslim as an Extremist or Terrorist, Disrespect towards Ulama, Lack of Communication between Security Sectors and the Muslim Community and other Issues concerning Peace and Security. As a result, every members of the group gave suggestions to answer the issue but unanimously they preferred that Ulama should collaborate with the different government agencies to come up with a better solution.

Fortunately in the afternoon, two (2) distinguished Foreign Muslim Scholars sincerely attended the conference and were acknowledged to give message. Sheikh Imran Anggulia Alhafidz, Singaporean and Habib Sholeh Al-jufri, Indonesian expressed their good intentions and convey their words of praise to the PNP for its valuable effort to initiate the conference. In return, RPCRD gave them a certificate of appreciation and a token of gratitude as a symbol of hospitality and remembrance.

Afterwards, Professor Kahal presented and explained the Ulama-PNP Coordinating Framework, and then a short synthesis was given by Professor Aiyub. Subsequently, a short inspirational message on unity and commitment was given by Gen. Mohammad Nur Askalani (ret.), member of Council of Advisers for Muslim Advancement, Sheikh Muhaimin Sakili, Chairman, Ulama Council of Zamboanga Peninsula, Sheikh Abdulbaki Abubakar, Mufti, Region 9 and Palawan and Dr. Sahie Udjah, representative of Sabiel Al-Mohtadeen Foundation.