On June 15, Muslims all over the world will celebrate the Eid’l Fitr, the end of the fasting month, the holy month of Ramadan. Muslims all over the world will break the 30 day fast and pray, rain or shine, the Eid’l Fitr congregational prayer with the hopes that Allah(subhanahu wa ta’ala) will receive all our prayers and struggle during the fasting month.
Author Archives: AMIRAH ALI LIDASAN
It is high time to get rid off and stop supporting policies that promote Islamophobia, xenophobia, and disregard of the democratic rights of the people masquerading as policies to “secure” the people of the United States of America. In the words of the victims of 9-11, “Not in our name!”
Ever heard of that song by Dionne Warwick and later revived by Luther Vandros – A House is not a Home? That is how I can describe what the Meranaw people feel about the rehabilitation efforts of President Rodrigo Duterte and the Task Force Bangon Marawi to Marawi City.
For a week now I have been attending forums about Charter Change. One forum sponsored by the Center for People…
Now that the new operation for US military intervention is out in the open, I want to go back to…
It’s hard to reminisce what happened to the Moro ummah (community) last year without being sad and enraged. The death,…
I have yet to see and hear in the media a Moro politician speak openly for the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF)or commonly called Pork Barrel. Since this debate raged on in Congress, the Moro politicians have been silent about PDAF. Worse, some sang the initial tune of President Benigno Aquino III and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte – that is in defense of the pork.
Eid’l Fitr marks the end of Ramadhan, the Muslim’s fasting month. Following the lunar calendar, the sighting of the new moon signals the change of month in the Muslim’s Hijrah calendar. For those who feel that they have not fulfilled well this month the 4th pillar of Islam, we still have today and tomorrow to fast, give zakat ‘ul fitra (voluntary material or financial assistance), pray the Salatul Taraweeh (special nightly prayer reciting verses of the Qur’an) and the Salatul Layl or Tahajud Salah (midnight prayer). These are special prayers performed voluntarily in congregational and individual prayers.
By AMIRA ALI LIDASAN
However, the most vulnerable are the hundreds of undocumented migrant workers who have been the backbone of Sabah’s economy. They work in Sabah as domestic helpers, construction workers, plantation workers, street sweepers, waitress, cook and other menial jobs. Despite of their long stay in Sabah, they cannot get the IC or permit needed to be residents or workers in Sabah.
By AMIRA ALI LIDASAN
In the history of the Moro people, the Kirams were a picture of a royalty who gave in to the colonials. Sabah was a gift given by the Sultanate of Brunei to the Sultanate of Sulu, because of its help in quelling a rebellion against the Brunei sultanate in 1658. The Sulu Sultanate then leased North Borneo to British North Borneo Company in 1878 in exchange of 5,300 Mexican pesos. Britain would then annex Sabah during colonization until 1946 and the new Federated Malaysia included it as part of its territory in 1963.