Professor Dr. Carmen A. Abubakar has served the academe most of her life, believing that teaching is a profession that fulfills her because it allows her to nurture young minds. Abubakar knows that the core of the Bangsamoro problem is rooted in the need for knowledge. She is the first Muslim woman to be appointed Dean in the prestigious University of the Philippines (UP), heading the UP Institute of Islamic Studies for three terms. Born in Jolo, Sulu, Abubakar finished her Bachelor’s Degree in Education at the Notre Dame of Jolo College. She started teaching at her alma mater, before going to UP Diliman to finish an MA in Education. She then taught English at the high school department of UP Baguio before heading back to Diliman to earn a Ph.D. in Philippine Studies. Abubakar said that the educational situation in Muslim communities is “very poor,” as shown even in the low levels of literacy in the ARMM. According to her, this implies that the number of people who make enlightened and informed decisions is also very low. Stressing education as the fuel for development, Abubakar said that education has to be made more accessible to the people especially in the rural areas, and this must be addressed by the government. She said “quality education is impossible to attain, if there is an absence of infrastructural support.” A sought after Professor on History and Society of Filipino Muslims in the Philippines, particularly gender issues, both here and abroad. Abubakar co-wrote a book on “The Convention on the Rights of the Child and Islamic Law, Convergences and Divergences: The Philippine Case, 2005” published by the UNICEF.
Atty. Mehol K. Sadain of Jolo, Sulu is a graduate of the University of the Philippines’ College of Law, Class 1986. A Muslim Tausug reform and peace advocate. Atty. Sadain served as Commissioner of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and was Secretary of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), where he served as concurrent member of the government peace panel in the negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). He is a Senior Professorial Lecturer at the Institute of Islamic Studies, University of the Philippines in Diliman. He is a Lawyer-Shari’ah Counselor. He is currently a convenor of the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID). He is also a board member and vice chairman of First Asia Financial & Productivity, Inc., where he drafted An Act Providing for the Issuance of Securities by the Regional Autonomous Government in Muslim Mindanao, which was submitted to the office of the Regional Governor of ARMM in 2008. He has written several books and essays on Islam in the Philippine context, and is also a published poet. He has been Dean of the Institute of Islamic Studies in the University of the Philippines, and chairman of the Special Shari’ah Bar Examination Committee of the Supreme Court. He has been a professorial lecturer at the College of Law at the University of the Philippines, and also lectures at the Philippine Judicial Academy of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. He graduated Valedictorian, Gerry Roxas Leadership Award recipient and Insular Life Awardee from Ateneo de Zamboanga High School, Zamboanga City (Secondary, 1972). He finished his Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies under a scholarship grant from the Institute of Islamic Studies, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City (College, 1978). He passed the Philippine Bar in 1987 after having graduated 16th in the Class of 1986 of the University of the Philippines College of Law, Diliman, Quezon City. He completed the Shari’ah Training Course sponsored by the Office of Muslim Affairs at U.P. Diliman, Quezon City in 1992.
Designation: Senior Lecturer 2
Highest Educational Attainment: MA Islamic Studies, UP Diliman
Specialization: Arabic Language, Hadith, Tafsir
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Sharī’ah Counselor-at-Law Luqman L. Bin Usman Imam is a Senior Lecturer I in the Institute of Islamic Studies, University of the Philippines-Diliman and concurrently with the Foreign Service Institute, Department of Foreign Affairs as an Arabic Language Instructor. He is also the President of Philippine Ulama Congress Organization, Inc., an organization of Muslim educators by passion and profession. He has been a constant resource speaker/person of the Halal Awareness Seminar and the Consultative Workshop on the Strategic Plan for the Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Program of the Philippine Halal Board headed by the Department of Trade and Industry. He is a lecturer of Islamic Law and Jurisprudence in the concluded Seminar Training Workshop: ‘The Islamic Procedure in Inheritance and Family Cases’ for the visiting Thailand Judges and Justices to the Philippines last March 21, 2017. He is also a lecturer of Islamic Law and Jurisprudence in the 14th and 15th Series of Sharī’ah Training Seminar conducted by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos. As a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Islamic Studies – University of the Philippines Diliman, he handled courses on Islamic law and Jurisprudence, Quran and its Tafsir, Biography of the Prophet and his Tradition, Arabic Language Beginner and Arabic Language Intermediate. He is an Arabic language Instructor for Level I-VI of the Foreign Service Institute, Department of Foreign Affairs. He also conducted lectures for the Commission on Filipinos Overseas and Armed Forces of the Philippines on Sharī’ah, and Muslim Family Laws and Relations, PD 1083. Luqman L. Bin Usman Imam is a Sharī’ah Counselor-at-Law and ranked as the Top 3 in the 2014 Special Sharī’ah Bar Examinations. As a Sharī’ah Counselor-at-Law his expertise includes but not limited to Islamic Law and Jurisprudence, Succession, Wills and Inheritance, and Persons and Family Relations. He is a Career Civil Service Professional Eligible, he also passed the Foreign Service Officer Civil Service Examination last May 2017. Luqman L. Bin Usman Imam also passed the Qualifying Examination in Arabic Language and Islamic Studies given by the Department of Education with a percentile rank of Ninety-Nine (99%) percent. He is a graduate of Master of Arts Degree in Islamic Studies at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. He is a graduate of Islamic Studies and Arabic Language with academic distinction as Class Valedictorian at Almaarif Educational Center, Inc. in Baguio City and a degree holder of Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Luqman Bin Usman Imam is married to Aida D. Madale and they were blessed with two daughters.
Ms. Alonto is a certified public accountant, with exposure in the accounting and assurance services as a former Senior Associate from SGV and Co., as well as Head of Accounting and Finance Department for Al-Amanah Islamic Investment Bank of the Philippines. Currently, Ms. Alonto is an Islamic finance professional involved in various policy and planning interventions for Islamic finance in the Philippines, Home Mortgage Finance Corporation, and ASA Philippines Foundation. She is the President of Development Advisory Group, Philippines (DAGph), heading a team of Muslim professionals in advanced formal research and techniques on pressing economic development, business, and policy concerns for the Bangsamoro and Mindanao. She graduated with a degree in Business Administration and Accountancy from University of the Philippines-Diliman and obtain her Masters in Investment Banking and Islamic Finance (with Distinction) from Henley Business School, University of Reading in United Kingdom. She is a Filipino pioneer in attaining Islamic finance course certificates in Islamic Commercial Law, and Islamic Banking and Takaful from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), as well as a Professional Certificate in Islamic Capital Market from the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF).