In a bid to push for stronger ties of brotherhood among its personnel, the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) had organized a gathering-cum-iftar (breaking of fast) for staff and volunteers on June 3,2018 at the BDA training center located at Brgy. Datu Balabaran in Cotabato City.
“We want to promote strong sense of brotherly love among our staff as we journey together towards the attainment of our vision for our nation”, BDA Executive Director said in his brief message.
According to Uz. Samsudin Hassan, an alim (Islamic scholar) invited by BDA to give lecture on the topic “Developing and Maintaining Brotherhood in Islam”, this blessed month of Ramadhan is a ‘mudarasah’ which means that a person who imbibes its true essence can learn a lot from its many teachings. Hassan is a graduate of International University of Madinah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and a long-time volunteer of BDA-RMO Central Mindanao.
He reminded the crowd of BDA officials and personnel to be on guard pertaining the use of their eyes and tongues if these will lead them towards acting against the Will of their Creator.
“We should be mindful of how we utilize our sense of seeing, hearing and speaking (talking) in the way deal with our brothers”, Hassan pointed out.
Hassan particularly conveyed about the need to shun away with idle talk, gossip, lies and other similar sins.
Dr. Abdus Sameh L. Piang who is the Vice-Chairman of the BDA Board of Directors supported the scholarly reminders of Hassan.
Dr. Piang reminded the group of where BDA had come from, how it started as well as how they struggled to battle with challenges as they sail through the years of development work and putting ‘Islam in the realm of what we do for our communities’.
BDA Head of Finance Julhaina E. Cadon also shared her experiences thru a presentation of her 8-day tour in Indonesia which provided her many insights about how the Indonesian brothers manage their program funds for the benefit of their people.
After the lecture, the group gathered to share the blessings of Allah during the time for iftar.
The event was facilitated by the Agency thru its Human Resource Division led by Hashim B. Manticayan with his team.