COTABATO CITY: Mindanao’s Moro communities in Maguindanao celebrated Eid’l Adha on Sunday where clerics called on worshipers to spread Islamic teachings against violence and terrorism as means of seeking political and religious redress.
Religious leaders belonging to the Jurisconsult in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) emphasized in their sermons that Muslims never advocate or support violence and terrorism.
Leaders of the ARMM had also urged the local folks to help push forward Malacañang’s peace overtures with Muslim communities, partly aimed at propagating interfaith solidarity among Mindanaons.
“True Muslims are not terrorists, not war mongers. True Muslims are those who work for harmony with all people around them through prayers and good deeds and religious tolerance,” Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu told reporters.
“Eid’l Adha,” also known as “Islamic feast of sacrifice,” is celebrated with Muslim faithful extending help to the needy.
Malacañang declared October 6 as special non-working holiday to allow the nation celebrate with Muslims throughout the country.
Capt. Mujib Ladjabuan, an Islamic preacher of the 6th Infantry Division, said one of the challenges confronting Muslims in the Philippines now is the “bad effect” of extremism on the image of Islam.
“Muslims are often construed as ‘terrorists’ because of the wrongdoings of others that call themselves Muslims but are not really Muslims,” Lajabuan said.
“These people do not practice the teachings on religious tolerance and co-existence with non-Muslims,” Ladjabuan added.
Major Gen. Edmundo Pangi-linan, 6th Infantry Division commander, joined his Moro subordinate officers in group prayers celebrating the religious event.
Col. Melquiades Feliciano, commanding officer of the 601st Brigade in Tacurong City, even assisted an Imam slaughter a cow as “kurban” (offering) before dozens of worshipers.
Feliciano earlier opened his camp to Muslim communities nearby as he joined them in the celebration.
“As long as I am the commander here, our Muslim brothers and sisters are most welcome here,” he told reporters.
Eid’l Adha marks also the culmination of the annual hajj to Makkah in Saudi Arabia.