From the British Ambassador
British Ambassador to the Philippine Asif Ahmad sent the following warm wishes to Muslims celebrating Eid ul Fitr:
Today (July 28) is Eid ul Fitr which marks the end of Ramadan. A month of fasting, introspection and thought for those who are less fortunate, is marked today as a celebration by Muslims in the Philippines, the UK and other parts of the world.
For both countries it is an opportunity to appreciate and understand better the culture and diversity of its people. I hope that between now and the next Eid, we will see progress as we work on the Bangsamoro peace process. The Philippines will have a better future when all communities see the fruits of peace and prosperity.
Eid Mubarak to everyone participating in the celebrations and enjoying the holiday declared for the 29th of July.
All the best,
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Muslims, be grateful to ex-President Arroyo
We celebrated the lifting of our fast on July 28, 2014, during this holy month of Ramadan, and today July 29 is a national holilday.
I want you all to know that we owe the Philippine Government a debt of gratitude, for their actions, during our difficult days.
The Philippine Government under then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo recognized the more than 10 million Muslim brothers and sisters, and declared for everyone, the solemn holiday to mark the occasion of EDIL FITR or Hariraya Puasa.
For this gesture, we the Muslims would be forever grateful to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for recognizing the importance of this feast, and as a sign of her continuing concern for Muslim Filipinos. It was through then Presidential Adviser, Larry Henares, that this came about.
She also created prayer rooms to accommodate Muslims in every port and airport domestically and internationally. It was through then Secretary Leandro Mendoza of DOTC, that this came about.
And to top it all, she issued Executive Order No. 121 on January 11, 1993, making the Bipartisan Executive-Legislative Advisory Council an advisory body to the President, with respect to issues relative to Sabah.
These acts demonstrated to all and sundry her deepest concern for her Muslim brothers and sisters, and we shall forever be grateful.
ALMARIM CENTI TILLAH
Parhimpunan Sin Islam
(Islamic Society of the Philippines)