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MILF invitation to the Pope, a true Muslim gesture and brotherhood; Muslims celebrated Mauluddin Nabi

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(BY: ALI T. YACUB, AL-HJ.) “Truly the believers and the Jews and the Sabeans and the Christians – whosoever believeth in God and the Last Day and doeth good deeds of piety – no fear shall come upon them neither shall the grive”.

- Holy Quran, 5:69)

“The heart of Islam beckons us to awaken from the dream of forgetfulness, to remember who we are and why are here, to know and respect the religion of others.”

- Seyyed Hossein Nassr, Heart of Islam: Enduring Values for Humanity (2004)

MILF HONORABLE INVITATIONS

I joined the people of goodwill who profusely congratulate and pray for God’s blessings to the MILF for as the report has said: “The Moro Islamic Liberation Front -— has invited Pope Francis to take a side trip to the south during his visit to the country next month. (Zamboanga Today, December 27, 2014)

I believe the MILF leadership is sincere in its invitation to the Head of the Catholic Church. Others maybe skeptical, others horrified at the thought of Pope coming to Mindanao, others will dismiss it as MILF propaganda, to the stupid, the Pope will be a great risk, if ever he comes.

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GOD WILL PROTECT; THE POPE IS SINCERE

To me, God will take care of everything. Do you think the Pope is scared of the Muslims? St. Francis of Assisi was mixing with Muslims mystics (The Sufis) it is no wonder St. Francis’ Prayers were as mystical as the Muslims Sufis. Pope Francis, in imitation of his model will love to engage with the Muslims. But the spoilers will not allow him to succeed, the rest, I will leave this to the Church and Philippine authorities to take the challenge or lose the opportunity to a meaningful encounter of Muslims and Christians. If the Pope agrees then, the Holy Quran, told to the Prophet one thousand years ago shall have been fulfilled, and I quote:

“… and you will find the nearest among men in love to the believers (Muslims) (to be) those who say: “We are Christians” because there are among them priests and monks, because they are not arrogant. When they listen to that which has been revealed unto the Messenger, you see their eyes overflow with tears because of the recognition of the Truth.

- Holy Quran, 5:82-83)

A verse less mention:

The above quoted verse is not very popular to many Muslim religious teachers, preachers and some ulama. The reason is obvious. Read the above verse again, and ponder, you will realize how significant this verse is.

Muslims and Christians are brothers in faith

Why should the Muslim rejoice if the Pope comes to Mindanao? If he comes, then a flashback in Islamic history to remind us of Christians in the life of Holy prophet time.

- A Christian monk predicted the young boy Muhammad that he would become a  future Propet. This monk was Bahira. When he (Muhammad) received the first revelation, it was a Christian by the name of Waraqah who told Khadija (the Prophet wife) to rejoice, he (Muhammad) met the Holy Spirit (Archangel Gabriel) the same Spirit who came to Moses. He will be a prophet to his people.

- When the Holy Prophet started preaching in Mecca, persecutions became violent, that the Holy Prophet, was forced to send Jaafar, his cousin, to lead seventy of the poor converts to Islam to immigrate to a Christian country ruled by a God-fearing King, the Negus

- The refugees (Muslims) where received kindly and cared by the Christians king. When the Negus died the Prophet offered prayers in absencia to the departed king.

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WHAT DO THE CHRISTIANS SAY OF THE MUSLIMS?

“The Catholic Church wishes to pursue a sincere and fruitfull interreligious dialogue with the members of the Jewish faith and the followers of Islam.

- Pope John Paul II, Jerusalem, 23 March 2003, To Jewish and Muslims Leaders

- The church regards with esteem also the moslems. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself,  merciful and all powerful, the Creator of heaven and Earth.      

 -  NOSTRA AETATE  

 - They have, like you, the faith of Abraham in the one, Almighty, and Merciful God.”

- Pope John Paul II (To the Catholic   Community in Ankara, 29 November 1979)

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Mauliddun nabi

The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) and the rest of the muslim ummah in this region, joined the Islamic world in the celebration of Prophet Muhammad birthday, (January 3, 2015) (12 Rabbi  Awwal 1436 A.H.)

Salam to all the Muslims! #




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