More than seventy (70) participants coming from different Religious organizations namely; Basilan Ulama Council, Imams and Traditional Leaders, Alima, Pastors , Clergy, Religious sisters, PPC and Catechist attended An Interreligious Dialogue among Religious Leaders in Basilan on December 02, 2017, held at Bishop Querexeta Formation Center, Isabela City Basilan. The Dialogue was conducted by Nagdilaab Foundation Incorporated (NFI) in partnership with key partners from Basilan Ulama Supreme Council (BUSC), UECI, Social Action Center and ZABIDA.
The Dialogue is anchored to the theme of Mindanao Week of Peace 2017,”Sustaining the Journey for Peace”. The aim was to assess on the interreligious mechanism and best practices in working together in pursuit to Peace, as well as to talk about the recent and challenging issues/concern that is happening globally and locally.
The program was commenced with a faith prayer led by Dr. Aboulkhair Tarason,Chairman Basilan Ulama Supreme Council (BUSC), Rev. Fr. Franklin Floyd Costan,Director, Social Action Center, Prelature of Isabela de Basilan and Pastor Ronald Paulino, Chairman of the United Evangelical Church Inc. (UECI) ,Both of them invoked the blessings and guidance of the good Almighty for the success of Interreligious Dialogue. Ms. Deddette Suacito rendered her welcome message and the Rationale of the program.
Ustadz Ahmad Ismael, Member of BUSC, Dean of Institution for Islamic Studies, BASC, and Rev. Fr. Franklin Floyd G. Costan, Director, Social Action Center, Prelature of Isabela de Basilan, bestowed their testimonial sharing on IRD experience.
During the open space a participant shared that dialogue is a way of life, healing of memories on violence, bridging communities, strengthening love and understanding to oneself.
Dr. Aboulkhair Tarason, Chairman Basilan Ulama Supreme Council (BUSC), imparted his deepening message on a common word between us and you, he said “in order to establish a good relationship between Allah and communities, we must always remember Allah, we must love one another, let us to meet as human being in building peace and harmony for the future of our generation to come,and we should taking care of each other, and we will move together, In sha Allah we can get fast tolerance, peace and better life for work. (sic)”
Pastor Ronald Paulino, Chairman of the United Evangelical Church Inc. (UECI), furnished his talk by saying “ Love symbolized Peace, Solidarity and Unity, we must Love our neighbor as we love our self, and we must love one another as we love ourselves, because Love is kind it is not injures, it does not boast , it is not risk other, it is not subsidy,and it is not easily anger (sic)”.
Msgr. Roel Casas, Administrator, Prelature of Isabela de Basilan, quoted some statement during his intensifying message about IRD, “if we want to pursue Peace and harmony, then refer to the one who created us and then we expressed indeed well future that we belong to him, and that all he loves, we must also love,respect, accept and forgive, may the journey of inner peace continuous (sic)”.
They also put emphasis that the journey to have peace in Basilan will continue, and everyone were able to promote and advocate peace, solidarity and unity to the youth because they believed the authentic Peace begins in young generation. (Ayara Jaimin/Nagdilaab Foundation Inc.)