Sunday, 30 May 2010

Moro youth leads peace advocacy in Malaysia

By Nur Danial

 Malaysia is known as a peaceful country not only in the region but throughout the world. Her confidence to lead the peaceful advocacies are full of forces and capabilities despite of multi-ethnic people in the country. This is a situation where the young Moro would like to adopt in Mindanao. 

Would you expect the result of war in Mindanao during Martial law would bring fruits to the innocent civilians? However, the Moro children whose parents migrated to Malaysia enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. The culture of peace in Malaysia is molding them to a useful youth and better community.

While adopting the Malay culture and tradition they are also preserving the Moro culture handed down by their forefather. And they hope that their children and the generation to come will also preserve their culture and tradition. These culture and tradition long last by the spirit of their close relationship and history written in every heart of young Moro
Pertubuhan Belia Morocanz, Masai, Johor, Malaysia

In Johor Baharu the Moro youth is successfully creating a venue for unity and healthy advocacies for youth lead by Morocanz Youth organization. The objective of the organization is to develop the culture of learning, to promote culture of peace, community services, to enhance skills and technical service and sports. 

As of now this youth organization is vigorous in activities that divert the young people from drugs to healthy daily routine such as sports and reading habit.


The Morocanz president Mr. Sharkis Hussin (photo at the top) called upon the young Moro and other Malaysian youth to participate the positive activities and organization that surely lead them to better citizen in Malaysia.

The said youth organization planning collaborates with other youth organizations in the country for possible community services, peace advocacies, and skills enhancement program. The youth aims to double their time and effort considering that there are many primary programs need to accomplish such educational program for the poor children in Sabah

These are the fruits of being peaceful citizen living in a peaceful country such as Malaysia. No way to think of other than better living. Like what the Moro youth adopted culture in Malaysia. The spirit of living peaceful way is not enough but leading the peaceful way of life is inspirable to Moro youth. Hope the Moro youth in Mindanao will also enjoy the harmony and peace in Mindanao.

Friday, 28 May 2010

Bring Back The Good Old Times

Prof. Hji. Nur Misuari with MNLF leaders in Saudi Arabia (1980's)
Mufti Abdulbaki Abubakar having a planning session with with MNLF Secretrary General Muslimen Sema,MNLF deputy foreign minister Habib Mujahab Hashim and one of the MNLF learned scholars in Saudi Arabia.

(Late Commander Khadafy Dugasan together with Sir Jimor of MNLF)

Hajj brought them together along with other nations

Late President General Zia-ul-Haq of Pakistan visits MNLF Office in Islamabad to pay respects to the family of Hji. Nur Misuari on the death of his beloved wife.
Tomb of late MNLF leader (wife of Hji. Nur Misuari) in Islamabad, Pakistan visited by MNLF leaders Hatimil Hassan, Datu Ulum Bahjin and dayang dayang Hja. Derhana Hashim.
1987 MNLF-GRP Peace Talks. MNLF chief negotiator Habib Mujahab Hashim talking with his counterpart from GRP Ambassador Pelaez and Butch Aquino.
MNLF leaders together with Muammar Gaddhafi of Libya.
MNLF friendship with other Muslim nations. (1970's)

MNLF forces
Towards the signing of 1996 GRP-MNLF Final peace agreement.
(Commander AbdulSahrin, Ustadz Zain, Doc. Maman, Engr. Kagim, Mufi Abdulbaki Abubakar, Mudjahab Hashim, Dr. Paruk of MNLF seen in the photo above)

May Allah unite our people and our leaders for the sake of love and understanding.

Saturday, 22 May 2010

MILF, MNLF agree to enhance coordination, agreement

( Updated May 23, 2010 01:01 PM

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) - Two Philippine secessionist groups, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), have decided to form a coordination committee for consolidating their movements in "achieving the aspirations of the Bangsamoro people for genuine self-governance," said a joint statement of the two groups issued today.

Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim signed for the MILF, while Chairman Nur Misuari signed for the MNLF.
In the agreement, signed in Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan, they agreed that unity is indispensable as there are no basic differences between their two Fronts.

They also vowed to coordinate their efforts and agreed in principle to establish a mechanism for coordination between the two Fronts, the details of which will be discussed and laid down in a future meeting to be organized by the Organization of Islamic Conference General Secretariat.

OIC Secretary General HE Prof. Ekmelledin Ihsanoglu invited both Chairmen for the close-door meeting on May 18.

Oic Moves to Unite MNLF and MILF

By Nur Danial
The Organization of Islamic Conference successfully brought the Moro fronts to enhance cooperation between them for the peace and development of the bangsamoro.
The Chairmen of the two fronts, Prof. Nur Misuari, Chairman of MNLF, and Haj Murad Ibrahim, Chairman of MILF, have agreed to enhance the cooperation and coordination among them, and to create a mechanism for that purpose with the technical help from the OIC General Secretariat. A second meeting between them will be held in the near future to lat down the details of that mechanism. []  
Recently the government of the Republic of the Philippines signed with the two fronts in separate negotiations. Both fronts are in a better position to move for peace and development in Mindanao. While the propagandas outside are shaking and giggling in the corners.
I assume that this news would bring a smile to Moro youth. The writer recently interviewed the Moro youth in Mindanao, Malaysia and other parts of the world through net on this issue; accordingly they are also recently organizing a meeting for youth gathering. The purpose of the meeting is to organize the Moro youth world-wide for possible networking. This will serve as a big possibility for the youth to unite also. 
The mutual understanding and coordination between MNLF and MILF would bear fruits for their struggle for self-determination.

Friday, 21 May 2010

The Secretary General brings together the leaders of MNLF and MILF for an agreement

Date: 20/05/2010 

The Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu carried out contacts with the leadership of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to enhance coordination between the two fronts and unite their ranks for the peace and development of the Bangsamoro people.

He succeeded in bringing them together for a meeting which was held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on the sidelines of the 37th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers on 18 May 2010 with the participation of senior officials of the OIC in charge of Muslim Minorities issues.

The Chairmen of the two fronts, Prof. Nur Misuari, Chairman of MNLF, and Haj Murad Ibrahim, Chairman of MILF, have agreed to enhance the cooperation and coordination among them, and to create a mechanism for that purpose with the technical help from the OIC General Secretariat. A second meeting between them will be held in the near future to lat down the details of that mechanism.

The Secretary General promised to render any needed assistance for the holding of this meeting.

OIC moves to unite rebel groups

May 21, 2010, 4:43pm
The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) headed by Secretary General Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanuglo is working for the unity of the ranks of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) "for the peace and development of the Bangsamoro people."
Ihsanuglo has brought together MNLF founding Chairman Prof. Nur Misuari and MILF Chairman Al-Haji Murad Ebrahim to Dushanbe, Tajikistan, for the 37th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the OIC on May 18-20.
MNLF has a permanent observer status with the OIC and always gets invitation from the 57-member pan-Islamic body.
MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal said Ihsanuglo officially invited Murad to the OIC-CFM in Tajikistan.
An OIC statement said the OIC secretary general brought together the two Muslims leaders and met with them on May 20 at the sidelines of the OIC-CFM with the objective of pushing for an enhanced coordination between the two Moro groups “and unite their ranks for the peace and development of the Bangsamoro people.”
Senior officials of the OIC who handle issues on Muslim minorities also attended the meeting in Dushanbe at the start of the OIC-CFM.
Ihsanuglo was able to convince the two Moro leaders. The OIC will help in setting up a mechanism to carry out cooperation and coordination between the MNLF and the MILF.
“The Chairmen of the two fronts, Prof. Nur Misuari, Chairman of MNLF, and Haj Murad Ibrahim, Chairman of MILF, have agreed to enhance the cooperation and coordination among them, and to create a mechanism for that purpose with the technical help from the OIC General Secretariat. A second meeting between them will be held in the near future to (lay) down the details of that mechanism,” the OIC said.
Ihsanuglo vowed to provide any assistance required to hold the next meeting between Misuari and Murad. No date and venue have been identified yet.
Reached by the Manila Bulletin, MILF Vice Chairman for Political Affairs Ghazali Jaafar confirmed the presence of Al-Hajji Murad and a few other MILF leaders at the OIC-CFM in the Central Asian republic's capital.
"The presence of Brother Al-Hajji Murad at the meeting of OIC foreign ministers is very significant because the MILF will be able to convey to them the true condition of the Bangsamoro people and the progress and present status of the GRP-MILF peace process," said Jaafar.
On the MNLF side, Prof. Mashur Ghalib Bin Jundam, chairman of the education committee of the MNLF, said Misuari prepared a long speech for the OIC meeting as he left on May 17.
"I expect 'Maas' (Misuari) to update the OIC on the review of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement, including the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in Tripoli, Libya, on March 20," said Jundam. "If I know 'Maas,' I am sure there will be some fireworks in his speech like old times," he added.


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Tuesday, 18 May 2010

MNLF Still the Solution for Bangsamoro Independence

By Nur Danial 

Aleem Abdulbaki Abubakar once said, "The Moro shall fight for their freedom from generation to generation against the colonial power". This statement convinced the Moro youth to value the noble task and responsibility handed down by their great forefathers.
The author met the Moro successors inside and outside the Bangsamoro homeland and witnessed their everlasting commitment to fight the aggression through think and thin. If only the grandchildren of Prophet Muhammad (saw), Hussin and Hassan, were still alive they would be putting their hands together to cheer the high morale of the present Moro successors.
True or not the strategy of the Moro's enemy is still penetrating the Moro stronghold to break them into pieces through peace agreements, dirty propagandas, nuisances and poisonous tricks and minds. However, Moro youth has been protected by God through the purity of their intention 'fi sabi lilah'. The more tricks and nuisance they encountered the more they stand to fight for peace and justice. For they believe God will be reward them with victory (Quran 3:160).
To name the anti-Moro, space would not allow. They are found in everywhere. Their enemy hired them as an ally with or with out their conscience. They betrayed whom, the Moro or themselves?
The Bangsamoro independence is the incomplete task of every Moro. This is true to Moro youth but not to their enemy and allies. Because the author of the bangsamoro independence is still God and MNLF is absolutely the means. Why? The MNLF mujahideen are still in mainland with arm base to resist the military adventurism, the Moro children stressed.
If anyone claiming that MNLF is already dead maybe he is not reading news papers, blind researcher and allies of the Moro's enemy.
Malik and another MNLF leader, Kaid Ajibun, were caught by surprise attack by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Eid'l Fitr prayer in Indanan, Sulu on September 21, killing several, including one pregnant woman and two children. []
The news above is one of the news exposing that MNLF is still in the defense line. The MNLF youth buried the war but resurrected peace. Because only peaceful way would bring them to independence.
Why do people deny the truth? Why do they deny the existence of the MNLF mujahideen? Who are they, the Moro's enemy allies?
Sad to note that nuisance and fitnators outside gained nothing than lies.  
With or without Misuari and Moro elders the MNLF still alive in every heart of Moro martyrs, mujahideen, the successors of great warriors of the past and the allies of peace.  Only munafikun who will be dead and buried in the history of humankind Allah ho akbar!

Monday, 17 May 2010

Stop the Genocide in Sulu and Mindanao

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Nur Misuari: Icon and Father of Bangsamoro Independence

By Nur Danial
Dr. Nurullaji P. Misuari, educated at University of the Philippines, founding Chairman of Moro National Liberation front who defended the Muslims and non-Muslims in Sulu and Mindanao, an Island recently known as Bangsamoro homeland. He was the first Moro who opened the eyes of his people to fight for self-determination.
After 43 years of old Moro Armed and political struggle, Nur Misuari faced several confrontations and at one time sat as Governor of the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao. His dream was to develop Sulu and Mindanao as one among the richest countries, whose people are enjoying the spirit of peace and simple life. However, according to him he was betrayed by the government through sweet words and promises. For the Moro people his dream was a big promise that he needed to accomplish. Hence, some of his trusted commanders, MNLF central committees, members, and sympathizers distrusted him due to unfulfilled dreams.
On the contrary, His loyal members, officers and followers believed that Misuari was trapped and betrayed by the government of the Republic of the Philippines as part of his enemy's strategy to divide the front and to annihilate his beautiful reputation and integrity. However, the stand of the MNLF youth in general still recognize him as ultimate leader of Bangsamoro people and remain loyal to him as chairman of the front. As long as Misuari remain loyal to God and serves the Bangsamoro people without personal interest. The past is the perfect lesson for the youth. Therefore, his good name Maas (elder) should be guarded accordingly and the past trapped should not be repeated again.
As an observer member of the Organization of Islamic conference, the Bangsamoro people has the rights to voice agenda i.e. the right for self-determination through the ultimate representation of the MNLF. This golden opportunity was initiated by Misuari and his colleagues.
When the prophet Muhammad (saw) started the mission, his family and neighbors criticized him, including his uncles. In the end, people of Mecca, Medina, and others appreciated his efforts till today and reaches to Bangsamoro homeland. No one is perfect. Misuari was not perfectly like the prophet, but the lesson from the prophet of Islam as a model of mankind teaches us the great lesson in the past for our great future.
To list the names of the heroes who have gained the appreciation from the people after their death is innumerable. The writer believes that if Misuari is sincere to his countless efforts, his name will be remembered forever, and his story will be told in every academic institution.
According to Misuari, even if he dies today the seed of the Moro Independence is already planted in every heart of the Moro youth. If there is a perpetual legacy left by Misuari to Moro youth is his hope for 'lasting peace' in Sulu and Mindanao. Absolutely, he serves as Bangsamoro icon and father of Bangsamoro independence. Whether the Bangsamoro independence will be celebrated tomorrow or next decade the Moro youth must strive hard to achieve their goal. Anyway, the fruits of the victory will be awarded to incoming generation.

Monday, 10 May 2010

MNLF Youth Introduces Islamic Leadership As Tool For Peace in Mindanao

“Al” Hashim

Realizing the need for deeper transformational peacebuilding activities in the grassroots, Peace and Development Advocates (PDAs) and Ulamas in Western Mindanao developed a training program on concepts and principles of teaching Islamic leadership.

The Islamic Leadership and Governance Training Program is aimed at enhancing the participation of the PDAs in the various Peace and Development Communities (PDCs) in Western Mindanao in community work, governance, human rights advocacy and gender rights among others. It is also aimed at producing leaders who, through the practice of Islamic leadership, will pioneer social change.

Supported by the GoP-UN ACT for Peace Programme, the initiative seeks to interface the mainstream governing structure with the sentiments and aspirations of the Muslim communities to fully practice their Islamic way of life, which includes leadership and governance. It intends to promote good governance, peace and development anchored on Islamic tenets and perspectives to heal the wounds of conflict in Western Mindanao.

Why Islamic Leadership?
To understand why “Islamic”, it is essential to know what the word “Islam” means. From the root word “Salam”, it means peace. And from another Arabic word “Aslim”, it means to surrender or to submit.

Technically, it means to submit oneself to the Will of God. Hence, Islamic Leadership is a kind of leadership style which is based on the natural law of God for humans to act as vicegerent on earth. Its objective is to preserve harmony and balance through submission to the universal laws of God that already operate in nature and followed by all creations.

Holy Quran (2:30)
Behold, your Lord said to the angels: “I will create a vicegerent on earth.” They said: “Will You place therein one who will make mischief therein and shed blood?- While we do celebrate Your praises and glorify Your Holy (name)?” He said: “I know what you know not.”
Islamic Leadership is a system of life which is geared towards the development of the human intellect in the society by setting up an equitable social system that operates around a universal framework of law, motion, and direction (LMD).

The training on Islamic Leadership and Governance is guided by the Universal Message of Islam in the Holy Quran which calls on human beings to work for harmony and peace. It is guided by the message of Islam which calls for understanding among the different peoples of the world. To recognize the individual differences as the best of mankind in the sight of God (Allah) is the one who is most righteous. No focus is given to any particular race, tribe, or nationality.

Holy Quran (49:13)
O people, we have created you from the same male and female, and rendered you distinct peoples and tribes, that you may recognize one another. The best among you in the sight of God is the most righteous. God is Omniscient, Cognizant

Holy Quran (5:48)…Had God willed, He could have made you one congregation. But He thus puts you to the test through the revelations (Law) He has given each of you. You shall compete in righteousness. To God is your final destiny - all of you - then He will inform you of everything you had disputed.

Again the training is guided by the Message of freedom in the Holy Quran.

Holy Quran (2:256)
Let there be no compulsion in religion; Truth stands out clear from error: Whoever rejects evil and believes in God (Allah) has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that never breaks. And God (Allah) hears and knows all things.

In conflict-affected areas, the tendency of most development interventions is to provide basic necessities of the communities – mostly livelihood and infrastructure projects.
making community workers wonder why the interventions failed to sustain peace and development.

The Islamic Leadership and Governance Training Program focuses on encouraging the people to participate and cooperate in all developmental works using Islamic principles found in the Holy Quran.

This program on Islamic governance in Western Mindanao is still a work in progress. It is not an effort to convert people to Islam. Rather, it is a program that teaches people to use God’s given gifts in life for peace and harmony.

Thirty Six (36) PDCs in Western Mindanao have undergone training on Islamic Leadership. Most of the participants came from the barangay local government unit, religious sector (Muslim & non-Muslim), women and youth sector. Islamic Leadership has also been showcased in the Municipality of Tangkal, Lanao del Norte.

To date, the core of trainers for the Islamic Leadership and Governance are the Western Mindanao Federation of Peace and Development Advocates Alliances, the Lanao del Norte Peace and Development Advocates Alliance, the Zamboanga City PDA Alliance, the Zambonaga del Sur PDA Alliance, the MUNCALA Peace and Development Advocates Alliance, the Pakigdait Inc., the SIOCON PDA Alliance and The United Elders for Peace, Security & Development Inc., based in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur.

Tracking the Moro Successors

By Nur Danial

The severe war in Mindanao during the Martial Law in 1972 brought the defenseless Moro children to the new victory. The more they are scattered in the country and in the foreign countries, the more advantageous for them. The writer is tracking them closely and unveil them to the world.

Strong Moro in Sabah
Most of the MNLF officers and members brought their children to Sabah after the 1974 burning of Jolo. The writer failed to give the exact numbers of the said refugees but they are estimated million as of this date. Most of them are educated in Malaysia's public schools while others failed to enroll due to lack of legal documents in Sabah.

Today, there are thousands of Moro youth working in Malaysia in different fields and most of them are in the engineering industry. Their practical experiences are recognized in the world.

Workers and Students in Abroad on the Top
Some Moro youth are working abroad such as Brunei, Australia, Canada, England, United State and most of them are working in Saudi Arabia. They work as medical staffs, engineers, architects, and others are working as domestic helpers. The craft they had contributed long time ago to present time helps to various developments of the host countries, while improving their experiences and expertise for the preparation of self-governance back to their homeland.

Aside from working abroad there are huge numbers of Moro youth studying abroad including Harvard University, Azhar University, University of Madina, International Islamic University Malaysia, International Islamic University Pakistan, and other prestigious universities all over the world. Their struggles and excellent academic achievement abroad catches the attention of the foreign universities.

The MNLF had initiated their scholarship grant for Moro children studying abroad and few of them are supported by their parents. The graduates are already scattered everywhere in their homeland as Muslim scholars, technocrats, and experts, while others are still uplifting their academic achievements in abroad.

Government Workers Increasing
Every year the numbers of the Moro young professionals are increasing in the Philippines government offices such as university, military, media, hospital, and lot more, even do they are being criticize by some Filipinos. However, only few of them having the chances to hold the vital position. Accordingly, this is one of the some Filipino's biases toward Moro that hard to wipe out.

Although to obtain important position in the government is hard, the Moro youth are still hopeful. The writer assumes that if Moro are unified the fate will be at their side. No position in the government is impossible to them. The Moros believe that there are lots of young professionals are more than qualified.

NGO: Global level
The Non-government Organization (NGO) is famous in the Moro youth activities now-a-days. The writer observes that Moro NGOs all do dancing different arts but the music is still directed at one aim. Moro NGOs helps a lot on opening the eyes of the Moros to continue defending the Moro rights.

The Moro women are more active compared to men in the NGO movement. Is this because of the past experienced that the Moro women were humiliated by the Filipino armies? Atleast the women sector, as an important sector, has already performing their essential roles.

The programs of the Moro NGO are already playing in the global arena. This brought the attention of the world to eying the Moro rights.

Business Sectors across the SEA
Like Filipino business sector the Moro youth are also vigorous producing business opportunities not only in the Philippines but also in Southeast Asian countries and Middle East.

Barter trading is well-known engagement of Moro business sectors. The good news is the Moro youth are the majority leading the said business in Sulu and Mindanao. Zamboanga City (one of the Moro strongholds) is one among the centers of the barter trading in the country. Their recent base found not only Malaysia but also in China and Middle East.

Breaking the Walls of Unemployment
There are many cases reported that one of the employment factors of Moro youth is discrimination. Majority of the Philippines government offices and private sectors rejected the qualified Moro young and professionals applying for job. The common illogical reason was the Moros are suspected as terrorists.

Today, the young and independent mind Moro realized to set up small opportunities in their respective community as an alternative to employment. Small business and agriculture would be better and effective for them.

Buzzing the Online Community
Online forum, blog, and chat are the common online communities that open the communication between and among Moros world wide. These interactive communities gradually bring the new hope for Moro and form the young Moros to exchange views, culture and even opportunities. The said online communities also extended to other nationalities for broad networking.

Through web site and blog the Moro online community are slowly organizing a formal and non-formal media to rewrite, write and publish accurate information about the Moro's right, history, culture and tradition, art, etc. as an alternative to misinformation scattered by their enemy and alien Medias. Moros living in the rural areas are also not left behind through the helps of the urban Moros.

Battle Grounds for Peace
The More than 40 years of Moro struggle for self-determination had produced heroes, martyrs, and successors. The Moro freedom fighters and allies who passed away and still alive are producing more talented and incredible successors. They are wiser than the out-going freedom fighters. The past struggle must not become a trauma but a great lesson for the future. Their numbers and qualities are increasing in the every single oppression of their enemies. The attacks of their enemies in the grounds are protected by their loyal blood and broad minds for peace.


The success always comes to the hand of the successors. The great Moro warriors of the present and past time are legends to be remembered forever. If the Moro had resisted the colonial ambushes and frauds for more than 400 years, then why not the present young Moros can't survive? The bloods of their great martyr parents are inspiring in every bit of their heart. The writer assumes that the Moro youth are now the magnificent liberators of their great Bansgamoro homeland. These are the impacts of the yesterday's colonialism.

Where are they right now? They are present in the timeless ambush of their enemy watching and protecting the honor and dignity of their people, while charging and producing of both external and internal powers to the next levels.