Davao City – The Commission of Population – Region XI will gather twenty Muslim Religious Leaders in Davao City for a one-day orientation on the Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP) and the Fatwa: Model Family in Islam on June 26, 2018 at Hotel Esse, Davao City.

As the agency mandated as the central policy-making, planning, coordinating, monitoring and evaluation body of the national population program, POPCOM aims to contribute in improving the quality of life of all Filipinos through the exercise of responsible parenthood, better reproductive health, and the attainment of population outcomes that are in harmony with socio-economic and environmental development agenda of the Philippines. Thus, to provide a more comprehensive approach, Muslim Religious Leaders and experts are invited to discuss the Fatwa which clarifies issues on early and forced marriage in the context of Islam.

POPCOM – Region XI will invite experts who were vital in the development and completion of the Fatwa, namely: Ustadz Esmael Ebrahim, Fmr. Commissioner of NCMF; Dr. Tato Usman of DOH-ARMM; Ustadz Mansor Ali of Sultan Kudarat; Ustadza Anisa Taha of the Nuroos Salam and Ustadz Mohammad Pasigan of Davao City.

Thru the orientation on the PPMP and the Fatwa, Muslim Religious Leaders will be equipped with a comprehensive health and gender education which they can advocate to the youth on how they can responsibly approach sexuality, adolescent reproductive health, and gender equality. The Fatwa also reaffirms women’s sublime status in Islam and affirms that gender-based violence and other forms of abuses against women are absolutely against the Islamic principle.

The Fatwa on the Model Family in Islam, signed by Abuhuraira Udasan, Mufti of the Dar-al-ifta Bangsamoro, conveys a clear message that reproductive health is not at odds with the Islamic faith.

The Fatwa contains topics on Early Marriage (Medical Science of Early Marriage), Forced Marriage, Gender Health Education for the Youth and Gender-based Violence.

Prior to its finalization, the Dar-al-ifta Bangsamoro first sought the advice of distinguished Muslim religious scholars of the Al Azhar University in Egypt and the spiritual guidance of the Grand Mufti of Egypt.

The enhanced Fatwa is the second to be endorsed by Islamic leaders pertaining to reproductive health. The first was issued in 2004 when it clarified that family planning is not forbidden among Muslim couples.