LOOK | In a significant development aimed at fostering interfaith understanding and harmony, NCMF Secretary Guiling Mamondiong signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) this morning (July 26) with Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez. Director Saleha Sacar was also present.
The MOA outlines the donation of a 3,000 square meter plot of land for the establishment of a Muslim cemetery in the province of Laguna, Philippines. This move comes as a thoughtful gesture to accommodate the burial needs of the growing Muslim community in the region.
The agreement also incorporates provisions for the involvement of the local peace council to ensure that the cemetery remains a symbol of unity and cooperation between different religious groups in the area. The cemetery’s renewable lease for 50 years is another significant aspect of the MOA, assuring the Muslim community that they can continue to use the cemetery for the foreseeable future.
With an estimated 50,000 Muslims community including 2000 Balik Islam (Muslim reverts) in the region, this initiative is of great importance. It not only addresses the practical need for a dedicated burial ground but also symbolizes a broader commitment to religious tolerance and inclusivity.
To maximize the positive impact of this agreement, it is essential to ensure that the cemetery’s development and maintenance adhere to the cultural and religious customs of the Muslim community. Collaborative efforts between the local government and Muslim leaders will be vital in achieving this.
By promoting understanding and cooperation among different religious communities, this initiative serves as a shining example of how governments can foster peaceful coexistence and respect for diversity. It highlights the importance of recognizing the religious rights and needs of all citizens, regardless of their faith.
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