MARA PATANI has released a video clip of its Chairman, Mr.Awang Jabat , on the auspicious occasion of Eidul Fitri 1438 H.
The English translation is as follows :
" Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu
Allahu Akbar , Allahu Akbar , Allahu Akbar , Praises be to Allah.
In the Name of Allah the Most Merciful and Most Compassionate , and Praises be upon Lord of the Worlds .
Prayer and Peace be upon the Messenger of Allah , his Family and Companions.
We are thankful to Allah that we have safely and peacefully completed the fasting ritual . For one month we have been trained and tested by fasting so that we would become righteous people.
As Allah has mentioned in the Quraan " O you who have believed, fasting is decreed on you as it was decreed upon those before you, so that you may become righteous people "( Al-Baqarah verse 183 )
Fasting has trained us to be patient, dedicated and sincere in our duties. These are the required elements for the Patani people to determine their fate.
Ladies and gentlemen
We all know that the people of Patani is currently undergoing a prolonged and never ending conflict. On 28 February 2013 , a General Consensus for a peaceful conflict resolution was signed between the Government of Thailand and the BRN representing the people with different opinions and ideology from the state. It serves as a platform to activate a peace process and the negotiation for resolution till today.
For more conducive involvement and inclusivity of the Patani stakeholders in the negotiation, an initiative to form MAJLIS SYURA PATANI ( Patani consultative Council) - known as MARA PATANI , was agreed . It would serve as the supreme political organization for the people of Patani to engage in the peace process with the Thai government. I believe the peace process that MARA Patani is currently involved with the government of Thailand has opened the hearts and minds of some parties towards this process.
Praises be to Allah and we thank those people for their various opinions in supporting the peace process and benefit from it. We welcome the involvement of any parties to cooperate with MARA PATANI in seeking solutions for the Patani conflict.
I am sure that many of our people want peace and they have high hopes for the peace process that MARA PATANI is currently involved with.
Ladies and gentlemen ,
Based on the concept of just, comprehensive and sustainable resolution , the process will undergo several stages for a long period of time. Praises be to Allah that the Patani peace process is now at the initial stage of confidence building . At this stage the negotiation table has agreed to establish the Safety Zones . The decision was reached after considering the aspiration of the people who wishes to see it implemented without delay.
MARA PATANI has agreed with this proposal from the Thai team for the following reasons :
1. To create a peaceful atmosphere within the safety zones where the people can work freely and safely due to a conducive and balanced security measures.
2. To establish a mechanism where all stakeholders in the area could participate and cooperate in maintaining security and development through the involvement of MARA PATANI , government representatives, the CSOs and NGOs and the local community leaders known as the "Four Pillars ".
3. To promote it as a model for other zones of conflict the adopted and implemented procedures .
4. To raise awareness among the people that community peace is a basic need in our lives .It was decreed by our religion and we should all support it.
On this auspicious day I call upon all Patani people to support the peace process and the safety zones because the concept of its implementation is security and development for all Patani people. It is however not a cease-fire.
Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. Praises be to Allah.
Lastly, the committee members of MARA PATANI and I would like to wish a happy Eidul Fitri 1438 H to all people of Patani wherever they may be, to seek forgiveness physically and spiritually.
Minal Aideen Wal Faizeen, Kullu am wa antum bikhair.
Once we move forward it will always be the way forward , until we succeed.
Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu "
Presented by Abu Hafez Al-Hakim
22 June 2017 / 22 Ramadhan 1438