As the holy feast of Ramadan commences tomorrow, President Benigno Aquino 3rd extended his warm greetings to Filipino Muslims who will be observing this month-long religious occasion.
“Warmest greetings to the Muslim-Filipino community as you begin the observance of Ramadan,” President Aquino said. “As one of the five pillars of Islam, this sacred month calls the faithful to seek to be closer to Allah and to ask for His mercy.”
“It is a vital aspect in the life of every Muslim, as this occasion allows not only for contemplation and atonement, but also for you to be more mindful of the Prophet’s teachings,” Aquino added.
The Chief Executive also urged everyone to remain united to attain lasting peace and stability.
“May your prayer and fasting evoke a deeper and more profound connection with your heritage and faith, inspire discipline, restraint, and generosity of spirit; and help guide you towards becoming greater embodiments of harmony and social justice,” he said.
“I wish you a solemn and meaningful Ramadan, may this event foster greater understanding and cooperation among our varied faiths, and guide the Philippines towards lasting peace and progress,” Aquino added.
Ramadan, one of the most important Islamic occasions observed by Muslims annually, is celebrated worldwide during the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. It is a period of fasting, reflection and sacrifice.