Youth volunteerism: Another form of activism

Photo by MIMSA
Photo by MIMSA
Photo by MIMSA

 

The MIMSA is a community of Muslim students esteemed for their active learning about and propagation of Islam (Da’wah), excellence in character, good leadership, solidarity, service for others, pro-peace and pro-active initiatives, not only within MSU-IIT (Mindanao State University- Iligan Institute of Technology) but also in the entire Iligan City or even in Mindanao.

My first impression of the organization is they promote the spread of Islam or the so called da’wah. They don’t have a socio-political awareness as a whole. Maybe they have but in Muslim brothers only. These are my stereotypes to the organization. It is good because I was a Muslim also. And as a youth Muslim, we are responsible also to the da’wah.

But when I enter the world of activism that is when I found my self and promised to myself that I will advocate, promote the right of the masses—the farmers, the fishers and the children. I re-evaluated the Organization. I said they must have also help in the socio-political issues outside the academe. However, I was wrong they are aware and in fact helping with the social issues. They do feeding program. They help the Muslim community when there is in need. They help  the civilian for their primary needs when they are thorn by the Mindanao conflicts.

I feel their sincerity to help. When I volunteered in one of their program- feeding program for the children. There I realized how much of a hypocrite I was. I promote the right of the masses through rally, group discussion, and condemning the violation of human rights verbally, and through social media but these are less tangible compared to the help of these Muslim brothers and sisters, the MIMSA.

I will feel uncomfortable. This was my thought when I hesitated to continue to join the feeding program of MIMSA. But I did not. It’s similitude to the feeling when I was first enter the world of activism. I feel like I belong. The intrinsic benefit that I feel when protesting and helping is much heavier than I thought.

So, I found to consider the other thing than the ten things that activists love to do. And these other thing include volunteering to any organization that cater the development of the people. This is activism because it is being active to help. Isn’t the main goal of activist is to help?

Photo by MIMSA
Photo by MIMSA

About Abby Edris

I will dream until it scares me. I'm fan of Poetry and Literature and Humanitarian work. I feel like my self-fulfillment is to help the children who are in the line of poverty and less education.