From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (May 17): COLLABORATION | WestMinCom launches Brigada Masjid before Ramadan
HEADQUARTERS WESTERN MINDANAO COMMAND, Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City – (DWDD) – In collaboration with the Muslim leaders, local officials, Ulama and other stakeholders, the Western Mindanao Command through its Joint Task Forces and the PNP launched the Brigada Masjid within the whole area of Western Mindanao today (May 16) to assist our Muslim brothers and sisters in preparing the mosques for the upcoming Ramadan.
The Brigada Masjid, which was conceptualized by Lieutenant General Carlito G. Galvez, Jr., Commander of the WestMinCom, is the first of its kind to be conducted in Mindanao involving Muslim soldiers and engineers.
The ceremonial launching was held in a 30 year old Masjid in Barangay Arena Blanco in Zamboanga City.
Attending the ceremony were the Deputy Grand Mufti Sheik Abdul Tanjilil; a representative of the Zamboanga City Government; an envoy from the Muslim Affairs; and the Muslim religious leaders, and Islam followers of Brgy Arena Blanco.
Honorable Abdulhusin, the Brgy Chairman of the place expressed his gratitude to the WestMinCom Commander for initiating the activity, saying this was the first time that the Brigada Masjid was launched in Mindanao. He also said that he was surprised of the endeavor since he did not expect soldiers whom they only perceive as combatants help them in the repair of an important structure and symbol for their religion and that is the mosque.
The Deputy Grand Mufti Shiek Tanjilil expressed his support to the endevour saying “The mosque is a place where we should love one another and live in harmony. Therefore, keeping it safe and conducive for all Islam believers is important and significant.
” He also mentioned about some Muslim brothers who use religion for their own interest and for propagating terrorism. He emphasized that Islam never taught Terrorism as part of its preachings, therefore must be avoided.
The WestMinCom chief who sees the activity as a good venue to promote cultural understanding and harmony felt elated with the comments he heard from the community.
It is also his intent that Brigada Masjid be institutionalize in the AFP as a regular activity yearly before Ramadan season starts.
“We are one, Christians and Muslims, in working for peace and development in Mindanao amid the diversity in culture and beliefs. The men and women of the armed forces join you as you prepare for the coming of the Ramadan,” said Lieutenant General Carlito G Galvez, Jr, Commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
All units under the WestMinCom will adapt a mosque within their respective area of operations and help the Muslim brothers and sisters in cleaning, repairing, and repainting of said mosques.