Posted by: kawagib | November 28, 2009

Moro group call on all Muslims to condemn Maguindanao Massacre

In light of the Muslim people’s observance of the Eid’l Adha on
November 27, Suara Bangsamoro and Kawagib Moro Human Rights appeal to
the Ustadz, Imam and the Ulama to devote their sermons and prayer in
calling for peace and justice and hope to reign in Maguindanao and the
whole of Mindanao.

According to Amirah Ali Lidasan, national president of Suara
Bangsamoro, without sounding disrespectful in the observance to one of
the holy festival of the Muslim people, the Eid’l Adha , the group
implore on their religious leaders to take a stand on the massacre
incident in Maguindanao on November 23.

Lidasan lifts a quote from the Holy Qur’an as basis for this call and
says it is imperative for the religious leaders to take a stand in
defense of the people of Maguindanao and to preempt future violence to
happen again in Maguindanao and the rest of the Moro areas:
Qur’an 4:75-76  Surah An-Nisaa (The Women)
And why should ye not fight in the cause of Allah and of those who
being weak are ill-treated (and oppressed)? Men women and children
whose cry is: “Our Lord! rescue us from this town whose people are
oppressors; and raise for us from Thee one who will protect; and raise
for us from Thee one who will help!”
Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah and those who reject
faith fight in the cause of evil: so fight ye against the friends of
Satan: feeble indeed is the cunning of Satan.

‘This is a defining moment for the Moro people of Maguindanao and the
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. We should publicly condemn the
killings and not let political and familial affiliations hinder our
responsibility as Muslims to condemn this act,’ said Lidasan.

Lidasan also said that it is the responsibility of the Muslim
religious leaders to put back in the hearts and minds of Muslim people
that there is nothing to fear but Allah alone, instead of helping
perpetuate the fear of politicians and warlord prevail in Maguindanao
and the ARMM.

Lidasan grieves with the families and friends of the victims and hopes
to reach out with the rest of the Filipino people in condemning this
dastardly act.
‘We hope that the Moro people’s outcry be also highlighted as part of
public’s outrage. We are in unity with the rest in calling for an end
to the culture of impunity to reign in Maguindanao,’ said Lidasan.

Lidasan said that this is not merely a traditional rido and the public
should not be led to believe that this is natural or merely part of
Moro people’s tradition and culture.

Lidasan said that simplifying the massacre as mere ‘rido’ or
traditional clan war is glossing over the heinous crime committed by
the warlords – the killing of mustadafins (oppressed) such as the
women and the unarmed people who died in the incident – and
exonerating the perpetrators from their crime.

Lidasan also criticized President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and
presidential aspirant Gilberto Teodoro, Jr. and the rest of the
administration party’s move to expell the Ampatuans from their ranks,
adding that the administration merely absolve themselves from being
party to the rise and continuing warlordism of the Ampatuans in
Maguindanao.

‘We should not ignore that it is the same administration who gave the
Ampatuans the leverage over other politicians in Maguindanao in
exchange for the votes that the administration had been getting from
Maguindanao and the ARMM,’ said Lidasan saying that the administration
and the Armed Forces of the Philippines should also be held liable for
the proliferation of ‘legitimized’ private armies through the EO 546
creating the civilian auxiliary armies for local government units.

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