ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Regional Ulama Solidarity Summit on Peace and Security is a follow through of the ARMM Ulama Summit on Violent Extremism and Terrorism held in May 12-14, 2017. It is organized by the ARMM Regional Darul Ifta’ with full support and funding from the Office of the Regional Government of ARMM, in collaboration with Majlis-us-Shura (Assembly for Friendship and cooperation) serving as the overall Secretariat.
The Summit is a platform of general assembly of the ulama of Basilan, Sulu, Tawi Tawi and Zamboanga peninsula joined in by the ulama from other major cities in the country, gathered as one primarily to address the misconceptions and misrepresentation on basic concept of Salafism and Wahabism and to offer direction and lead for Muslims and non-Muslims on the understanding of these two important concepts as defined by others and outsiders of Islam and outside of Muslim communities, and among scholars who try to represent Islam and present interpretations even if they do not have the proper authority as ulama.
The Summit is also to affirm and assert the authority of the ulama as the knowledge sector with adequate and appropriate, and notably, the proper knowledge and tools of understanding the Muslims themselves, as well as the practice of their faith, and how Islam is applied in their personal life and in their society. ; and how, throughout history, Muslim practice and acts based on their specific societal and environmental contexts have evolved through the time.
The Summit is an opportunity to reclaim the Islamic concepts and define them based on the authority of learned scholars in Islamic schools and traditions, and based on literature written by the same scholars.
A counter narrative crafted by the Muslim learned themselves is deemed as guidance to give the direction for the Muslm ummah as to how to deal with and where to stand against violent extremism and terrorism in their midst.
The final output of the Summit drew up strategic action points for Ulama and their respective communities to expand and detail in planning how to move forward. A thematic seven Intervention keys identified and developed in the first Ulama summit is being used as the template for identifying issues, projecting targets and strategies for the achievement of outcomes. The seven intervention points are: Religio-spiritual, soci-cultural, educational, economic, political, security, and psychological interventions held as collaborative and working in synergy to work together.