MILF takes a stand against violent radicalism. Supports Fatwa for peace in Bangsamoro region. Opposes entry of violent foreigners and spread of chaos.

MILF supports peace.

PICS: Inquirer .net

PICS: Inquirer .net

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The law of change applies to all aspects bar none. The Muslim community is also undergoing subtle but decisive metamorphosis though it may not well-defined. Where violence prevails there is surely bound to be an undercurrent of thought that is moderate.

On Tuesday, Murad Ebrahim, Chairman of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signaled just such an undercurrent of resistance. Observers noted that this resistance shows the tendency to ensure peace while at home.

MILF will go all the way in supporting the Fatwa opposing radical violence in Bangsamoro, their home region. Thus, blind following of religious pronouncements seems to be on the decline rapidly.

Peace seems to be making a dent nearer home.

The siege and mayhem at Marawi seems to be the initiator of this line of thinking. Hundreds perished in the massacre that followed the mayhem after 23rd May.

Islamic State, Maute groups, Abu Sayyaf and other Moro groups killed, kidnapped, raped and burnt. They took hostages from the Christian community and other ethnic minority communities.

Perturbed by the senseless carnage by the groups, Sheik Abehuraira Abdulrahman Udasan, the Mufti of Bangsamoro issued a holy Fatwa to put a stop to the senseless violence.

• Since most of the extremists were outsiders, he banned the entry violent radicalism into the Bangsamoro region,

• Simultaneously, the Mufti also forbade the spread of extremist violence throughout the Bangsamoro region.
As a moderate Muslim, he is using the same tool that the hardcore clergy uses to spread death and destruction. The Mufti came out with a Fatwa to fight violence.

It is an amazing and a rare usage of a religious tool employed more often than not to incite violence. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) came out strongly in support of peace. It issued a statement signifying the absence of any doubt or fear.

The Fatwa quoted Al-Hadith (Prophetic Tradition) and the Qur’an to encourage Muslims to oppose violent extremism. It is the first time that MILF has openly opposed the violent elements in his religion.

The violent elements include Islamic State (IS)-inspired Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups.

MILF is a local outfit with the interest of the Filipinos at heart. That is why it issued instructions to its military and political wings to pursue the violent groups and dislodge them from their homeland.

The directions to their cadres were simple:
• Do not allow the influx of violent elements from abroad;
• Fight the efforts of alien violent radicals to establish themselves in our communities.

MILF believes that such radical violence was contrary to the teachings of Islam.

Raw violence practiced by groups like Islamic State and Abu Sayyaf spread suffering through terror tactics.
Clerics across the world are increasingly speaking out violent radicalism.
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Umrao Singh
umraoz.wordpress.com
Written for: Lars-Magnus Carlsson.
www.thephilippinepride.com
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

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