SULU: Gov. Sakur Tan met with Islamic religious leaders here and discussed public health protocols for the month-long observance of the holy month of Ramadan where Muslims pray.

Tan outlined the need for the public to strictly adhere to the health protocols by observing physical distance, wearing masks, and frequently washing hands with soap and water to prevent the resurgence or spread of the Covid-19 respiratory disease.

Although the province has zero Covid-19 cases, the entire Sulu remains under a moderate community quarantine status.

"Although we have zero Covid-19 cases to date, the threat of infection is still very much present. Only 27 percent of the population are vaccinated, we need at least to vaccinate 70 percent of our population to achieve herd immunity," Tan told the religious leaders and other stakeholders.

The Islamic religious leaders agreed with Tan during the conference attended by Ustadz Sharif Jul Asiri Abirin, mufti of Sulu; Ustadz Abdul Muhaimin Abubakar; Sulu Ulama Council for Peace and Development representative Fraser Kalayakan; and members of the Sabiel Al Motahdeen, among others.

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Fasting during the month of Ramadan, which ends on May 2, is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.

Muslims believe that Ramadan is the month in which the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad more than 1,400 years ago.

At the end of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which is Arabic for "festival of breaking the fast."