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4th Quarter 2000

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Moros: JUETENG For Deliverance?

Understanding The Mindanao Conflict
Samuel Tan

Ethnic Cleansing In Mindanao
Fred Hill

Compensatory Justice For Mindanao
Patricio Diaz

Is Federalizing The Republic The Solution To Mindanao?
Aquilino Pimentel, Jr.

Constitutional Accommodation of a Bangsamoro Islamic Region
Soliman Santos, Jr.

Mindanao Movements
Nash Maulana

Sulu Saxophone
Carolyn Arguillas

Explaining Erap's
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Said Sadain, Jr.

The Palestinian Intifada
Zafar Bangash

Creative Writing Section
What's Inside:

A Muslim's prayer for peace
by Aminah Sharief Goling

In my own Mindanao
by Geejay Arriola

Abdul on the eve of an ambush
by Said Sadain, Jr.

Then & Now
by Macario Tiu

Death On The Tarmac
by Fr. Picx Picardal
Spirits In The Box
A Short Story

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Waiting For Deliverance?

"In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

All the praises and thanks be to God
The Lord of the worlds, mankind, jinns and all that exist
The Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
The only Owner of the Day of Recompense
That is the Day of Resurrection
You (alone) we worship and
You (alone) we ask for help for each and everything
Guide us to the Straight Way
The Way of those on whom You have bestowed your Grace
Not (the way) of those who earned Your anger
Nor of those who went astray."

-The Qur'an, The Opening Chapter

A Muslim's prayer for peace
by Aminah Sharief Goling

God, we gather here today in Your Name

We thank You for all the blessings You have been providing us

We thank You for giving us the Wisdom
that enable us to understand our role
in reconstructing our relationship with one another,
even amidst suffering

We thank You for the strength You are providing us
that enable us to go beyond our worries, our weaknesses,
our expectations, our limitations, our biases and prejudices

We thank You for making us aware
of how much damages, inconveniences and hatred
have resulted through our ignorance and intolerance towards one another,
Muslims and Christians alike

We thank You for touching our hearts with Your immense love

We pray to You peace,
Peace that comes from within our hearts, which is authentic
Peace that radiates through out the whole of humanity that brings harmony
Peace that is rooted in understanding one another and sustained through times
Peace that recognizes not only the similarities but also the differences between and among people
Peace, in your Name

We pray that the hearts and minds of our leaders be touched
by Your love and wisdom so that
they may not utilize war as an instrument to achieve peace

We pray that the Muslims in Mindanao
may be given what is just and due to them

We also pray that the Lumads and Christians be given equal treatment

We pray that the rebels be more enlightened in the Way of Allah

We pray from You more material graces
so that the Muslims and other Mindanawans be uplifted from poverty

We pray from You spiritual nourishment

We pray to You to continue touching our hearts and guiding our minds
so that peace may be practiced through loving
and not through intellectual discussions alone

We pray to You to strengthen our conviction that peace is possible

We pray that our biases and prejudices be erased
through knowing others and living what our respective religion is teaching us

We pray that all atrocities may come to an end so that peace and love may reign

In Your Name.

Alhamdullillah Hirabbil Alamin

[Closing prayer by Aminah Sharief Goling during the
SLB Trainors' Training Seminar on Mindanao Conflict and Peace Advocacy
held last Sept.2, 2000 at Cardinal Sin Center, Loyola School of Theology,
Ateneo de Manila University, courtesy of the Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan, slb@admu.edu.ph]


Other Poems In This Issue

Waiting For Deliverance?

In my own Mindanao
by Geejay Arriola
Abdul on the eve of an ambush
by Said Sadain, Jr.
Then & Now
by Macario Tiu
Death On The Tarmac
by Fr. Picx Picardal
Spirits In The Box
A Short Story



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