Ahmad Sampang ibnu Hajiri, MD

A Personal blog by a Tausug medical student (now a doctor!) from Sulu and the stories that inspired him.
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Assalamu Alaykum! (Peace be upon you all)

Let me talk about the recent successful project we had just this June. It was coined "Books not War: A 'give-a-book' project for the children of Sulu". I will share in this humble post how the project started, how we planned it, the struggles we experienced and finally, how we reached the finish line, Alhamdulillah! 

It started with a Message

Last October 2015, I received a message from a reader of this blog (and my other blog Tausug 101) telling me about her plans. She organized this project where they would collect used books to be sent to less fortunate children in the far-flung areas. By then, they already created an FB Page entitled "Books not War", so we kept that title until the very end. And of all the provinces in the country, they chose Sulu to be the beneficiary. It was indeed a simple yet very generous act of kindness from their part and I was really touched. Maa sha Allah! How wonderful it is to have such people with kind hearts! May Allah reward them with His bountiful blessings, Ameen.

So yes, I cannot and will not claim the sole credit for the success of this project. For it all started from there: A group of friends lead by a woman with a kind heart. To those people we owe our gratitude for the initiation of this project. Magsukul tuud kaniyu!

"Why Sulu?" I asked Ms Reann Dannug (or Andie Yan in FB, the one who messaged me). And she simply replied:

"I don't know. I don't know why pero, my heart is in your place (Sulu). I want the world to know that Sulu is not always 'bad' as most people see it in the news."

This was the main motivation for the creation of the project: We have a few people who wanted to prove to the world that we are actually fighting a greater 'war': The war against ignorance. The war for literacy and education. Education, not war. Books, not bullets. Books, not war.

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