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Posted on 2015/12/10

God said, through the Holy Qur-an Surah Al-Isra (17:31): “Killing is a great sin” and in another Surah, Al-Ma-idah (5:32)) “If anyone slew a person – it would be as if he slew the all mankind.”

But what happened? Killings have become rampant nowadays. People are dropping bodies for what cause?

I’ve heard the cause from people around me. Told me it was the ISIS that did it. So, are they really here in Lanao, particularly here in Marawi City? Don’t you find it scary? Sadly, I don’t feel safe anymore in my own territory.

There were multiple attacks all over Mindanao, from Sulu to Cotabato and even in some parts of Lanao. These killings were allegedly associated with ISIS for after being caught. Some of the suspects would deny their involvement but we ordinary hear from others not only once but more that they really are. Another thing, do they know who are this ISIS claiming Islam as their religion and that they are Muslims yet what they are doing is un –Islamic and not a trait of a Muslim. From old days, Muslims do Jihad or Holy War if someone attempts to take their faith and land. ISIS doing is not for Jihad obviously.

Worst is, high school and college students are being recruited without the knowledge of their parents. Information passed, to be part as full-fledged of this rebelling group, one has to take any two souls as a proof that he or she is capable of killing and can fight for their ideals. Murders vary from innocent ballot vendors to armed soldiers. There are a few of these incidents that would say they’re in our neighborhood. But they don’t always get recruited this way. There were those who were recruited easier but in a more bitter way. They came from abroad and were brainwashed to spread the evil among the people of Mindanao. In exchange for joining, one would receive allowance and sometimes with scholarship in abroad.

They said they fight for religion. Though, where is religion if one would kill a brother? Where is religion where people commit suicide?

ISIS became a well-known group, spreading terror across the globe, rejected by people of the same religion they claimed they have. Unwanted and feared. That’s what they have come to be. The scourge of today.

Though they have done so many feats that would prove their atrocity, the bloodbath and the bombing incidents, or their strong devotion to their beliefs, their goal remains unknown. I don’t understand why my fellowmen join them, will someone enlighten me what ISIS really want?

*The writer is a Muslima from Lanao


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Liceo Legal Aid Center (LiLAC) doing business under the name and style of Center for Alternative Lawyering of Liceo is the legal aid center of Liceo de Cagayan University, a privately owned university based in Cagayan de oro City. The group is composed of law students, alumni of the College of Law of the University, and lawyers who are passionate in the practice of alternative lawyering. LiLAC is guided by its vision of a holistic formation of law students committed to the transformation of society by promoting justice, empowerment, unity and peace, through helping the marginalized sector of the depressed areas here in Mindanao, in the Philippines and in the world. While the group was registered only this year with the Securities and Exchange Commission, it has been providing services to marginalized communities in partnership with NGOs for more than 8 years now. LiLAC has more than 50 members, 15 of whom are taking the active role of running the group’s activities.

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The Mindanao State University Legal Aid Clinic or Mindanao SULAC for brevity, is the Legal Aid Clinic of Mindanao State University College of law. It is the first and currently the only one of its kind to be established in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). It strives to cater the legal needs of the underprivileged and/or indigent clients of the Region and to help promote the proper administration of justice as a key to lasting peace in the region and in the country as a whole.

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