BYC, partners hold 3rd Young ‘Ulamā Conference

COTABATO CITY—The Bangsamoro Youth Commission (BYC), in partnership with Hay-ato Ulama El-Muslimina Bil-Filibbin, Inc., Bangsamoro Darul-Ifta and the Union of Muslim Youth Organizations (UMYO), held on Thursday, May 26, the 3rd Young ‘Ulamā Conference (YUC) in Cotabato City.

With the theme “Our Ulama: Our Guidance and Councils,” the conference convened around 200 ‘ulamā or Muslim scholars from Maguindanao, Cotabato City and the Special Geographic Areas of North Cotabato.

BYC Chairperson Marjanie Macasalong said the conference is vital in uniting and inspiring the young ‘ulamā in supporting the Bangsamoro Government in mainstreaming and promoting the Moral Governance.

Macasalong stressed the importance of the Islamic scholars in guiding the young generation since they are the “pillar of the Bangsamoro Government”.

“Ang dapat manguna dito ay ang mga ‘ulamā natin dahil alam natin na the future of the Bangsamoro Government lies in the hands of our youth,” he said.

Bangsamoro Deputy Mufti Sheikh Abdulrauf Guialani discussed the definition and qualities of the ideal Muslim leader. He pointed out that a successful Muslim leader should be well-organized in every aspect, open-minded, unselfish and brave.

The program also served as an avenue for the young ‘ulamā to define their important roles in achieving peace and development in the Bangsamoro society.

Highlighting the significant contributions of the early youth in the Bangsamoro struggle, Wālī of the Bangsamoro Sheikh Khalipa Nando discussed the roles of young ‘ulamā in the achievement of lasting peace in the Bangsamoro region.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Dr. Muhammad Nadheer Ebil, an official of Hay-ato Ulama El-Muslimina Bil-Filibbin, Inc., presented the comprehensive road map of Moral Governance, from the efforts undertaken on its conceptualization to its actual implementation in everyday life.

The program was also graced by Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) Majority Floor Leader Atty. Lanang Ali, Jr. who delivered updates on the efforts of the Bangsamoro Government and gave pieces of advice to the participants.

BYC Commissioner Nasserudin Dunding said the YUC is an annual flagship program of BYC and its partner organizations. Its first and second episodes were held in Cotabato City in 2020 and in Sulu in 2021, respectively.

A similar conference for young ‘ālimāt or Muslim women scholars is also being held today, May 27, in the city. (BYC PR Unit)

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