LANAO DEL SUR, Philippines —  Islamic theologians, a lot of them displaced residents of Marawi City, are urging Malacañang to arrange a national congress of clerics in opposition to violent religious extremists.  


The proposal was channeled by Lt. General Carlito Galvez, Jr. of the Western Mindanao Command throughout a dialogue in Iligan City Monday.


The Maranao Islamic missionaries current within the dialogue additionally promised to concern a fatwah (edict) in opposition to the Maute terror group that has laid siege to Marawi City since May 23, sparking hostilities which have since dragged on.


President Rodrigo Duterte, in earlier speeches, criticized the Maranaos — the predominant folks of the Lanao provinces — of permitting the Islamic State-inspired native terror group to collect in Marawi. This has been disputed by Samira Gutoc, a peace advocate from Marawi and a former member of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission.


“We don’t know this Maute’s campaign. They’re not in mainstream. They’re not in public platforms. They’re definitely strangers,” she mentioned in June.



The president, who claims to have Maranao blood, has additionally apologized to the Maranao folks for declaring martial legislation in Mindanao. He promised the federal government will rebuild Marawi City to its former glory as provincial capital.


“We support the proposal of having a national summit of Islamic missionaries against violent religious extremism. We can defeat extremism if we unite as one peace-loving community,” Galvez advised The STAR Tuesday.


Wesmincom has administrative management over navy items working in opposition to terrorists in Marawi City.


The normal mentioned he’s grateful to the Lanao del Sur Provincial Crisis Management Committee for organizing Monday’s dialogue.


The gathering was meant to generate help from the Maranao religious neighborhood in fostering tranquility in Marawi City.


Marawi City is the capital of Lanao del Sur, a part province of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Maute’s actions are ‘haram’

The ARMM Darul Iftah, also called the House of Opinions, dominated two months in the past as “haram,” which implies forbidden in Arabic, the actions of the Maute terror group, also called the Dawlah Islamiya.


The declaration additionally included different militant jihadist blocs within the south which can be working within the style of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.


The regional Darul Iftah, led by Sheik Abu Huraira Udasan, is comprised of preachers from throughout the ARMM’s 5 provinces, amongst them graduates of the Al-Azzhar University in Cairo, Egypt and different Islamic studying establishments in different elements of the Middle East and North Africa.


The religious group capabilities as a religious advisory physique for all sectors within the autonomous area, which additionally covers Maguindanao and the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.


Government wants assist of average clerics


Assemblyman Zia Alonto Adiong of the ARMM’s 24-seat Regional Assembly mentioned on Tuesday that there’s an pressing want for Malacañang to contain native average clerics in restoring normalcy to conflict-stricken Marawi metropolis.


“We need to maximize our efforts in educating the public on what is wrong about violent religious extremism. We need the help of our local Islamic religious community,” mentioned Adiong, spokesman of the inter-agency PCMC.


The average clerics in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur are themselves below menace from the Maute terror group.


The founders of the outlawed group, siblings Omar and Abdullah Maute, are hostile to average Islamic theologians opposing their excessive interpretation of teachings within the Qur’an.


“We can achieve major breakthroughs in our common campaign against violent religious extremism if the religious sector is with us,” Adiong mentioned.


ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman, chairman of the regional peace and order council, mentioned he’s additionally in favor of a national “ulama” congress in opposition to violent religious extremism.


The time period ulama imply neighborhood of clerics, imams and preachers in Islamic colleges.  


“That is very sensible. That will unite our religious leaders against misguided militants whose activities are dangerous for all sectors in the Bangsamoro homeland,” Hataman mentioned.

Source: philstar