MANILAA total of 191 new Shari'ah lawyers took their oath before the Supreme Court (SC) en banc at the En Banc Session Hall on Friday.
According to the SC Public Information Office, Rohanifah Abdul-Rahman emerged as topnotcher among the successful 191 out of 360 who took the special Bar examinations for the Shari'ah courts on January 21 and 28.
Abdul-Rahman got a rating of 90.4 percent followed by Abdulkarim Hadji Ibrahim Jr., with a rating of 89.35 percent; Sha Elijah Dumama-Alba (88.85 percent); Adly Umpa (88.8 percent); and Benyamen Salic (88.45 percent).
Rounding out the Top 10 were Mozifa Ibbin (88 percent); Nurhainie Abolais and Arvin Sirad, (both 87.9 percent); Nassem Sarangani (87.25 percent); Hisham Panganting (87.2 percent); and Rayhana Faisal (86.85 percent).
Shari'ah, the Muslim law, refers to all the ordinances and regulations governing Muslims as found principally in the Qur'an and the Hadith, according to Presidential Decree No. 1083, or the Code of Muslim Personal Laws of the Philippines.
Meanwhile, Republic Act No. 6734, or the law establishing the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), recognizes Shari'ah district and circuit courts and provides for the creation of Shari'ah appellate courts and tribal courts for indigenous communities in the ARMM.
These courts have jurisdiction over cases involving persons, family and property relations. (PNA)
Source: Philippine News Agency