From the Manila Bulletin (Aug 8): Ulama Council to craft ‘fatwa’ against terror group
CAMP RANAO, MARAWI CITY – The Ulama Council here will declare “fatwa” condemning the barbaric actions of the Maute group that occupied Marawi City and urged President Duterte to convene a National Ulama Council Convention at the soonest possible time for this purpose.
The Ulamas said they need to express their disagreement and condemnation of the terrorists who are attacking and destroying their city.
The elders also sought for unity among the Maranaos irregardless of their individual political parties and preferences.
During a two-hour dialogue with traditional leaders, local government officials led by Vice Governor Mamintal Adiong and Assemblyman Zia Alonto Adiong, and military officials here led by Lieutenant General Carlito G Galvez, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command, some 30 Ulama members raised the plight of the Internally Displaced Person’s (IDPs) from Marawi City.
The Ulama members aired their concerns pertaining to the role of the Ulama and the Sultanate in countering violent extremism and their participation in the plight of the internally displaced persons.
Despite the continuous threat to their lives, the Ulama and traditional leaders confessed their spiritual obligation to tell the truth and abhor the Un-Islamic virtues of the Maute ISIS.
“Joining an organization in exchange for money is taboo in Islam, more so, supporting a terror group that does not respect life is unacceptable to Islam,” said the Ulama leaders. “Islam is peace, and those who not want peace, is not Islam.”
The Ulamas believe that terrorism is not only a problem in Mindanao but a national and global threat that needs to be addressed.
“We support the Ulamas’ intent in pushing for the conduct of a National Ulama Council because we believe that it will save our communities from the devastation that violent extremism may bring,” Galvez said.
“Awareness is very important in countering violent extremism, so therefore, we need to have all the necessary tools and medium to spread the word in condemning it at all cost,” he added.
Galvez also ordered for all military units conducting checkpoints to immediately establish special assistance and courtesy lanes and to put up first aid stations in crowded areas for the traveling Ulama, the elderly, and sick commuters.