MARAWI CITY: Muslim groups thanked foreign donors for providing more than 400 heads of cattle to people who could not slaughter livestock as part of the observance of Eid’l Adha or feast of the sacrifice.
Among foreign donors cited were Turkey-based international humanitarian agencies and United Kingdom-based Muslim Aid Serving Humanity.
“We are thankful to our partners Insani Yardim Vakfi foundation or IHH, Konya Government and Turkiye Diyanet Vakfi for their continuous effort in realizing our humanitarian programs in the Bangsamoro [region],” said Windel Diangcalan, Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) deputy executive director.
Diangcalan said their agency, with the help of their partners, donated 480 heads of cattle that were distributed to communities celebrating the festivity in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and other Muslim areas in Davao and Cotabato regions.
In Lanao del Sur, local residents on Thursday slaughtered the cattle after their khutba or congregational prayers.
The Eid’l Adha is significant in Muslims’ life in commemoration of willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to give up the life of his son Esmail.
Since then, it became a tradition for Muslims to conduct Qurban or slaughter livestock during Eid’l Adha. Many could not afford to buy one, however, there are individuals or groups who give donations to needy people.
Aside from festivity offerings, the BDA and their Turkish partners have been conducting charitable works since 2014 including the establishment of an orphanage center in Cotabato City last May.
According to the BDA, all these ongoing charity deeds were credited to the peace process between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
Meanwhile, Maharadjah Tabunaway Descendants Council of the Philippines, Inc., whose members belong to the Royal House of Maharadjah Tabunaway Kinship, also distributed packs of meat to community centers in the province of Maguindanao on Thursday.