PRINCESS Soraya Jaafar, former representative of the Lone District of Tawi-Tawi, said the month-long Ramadan is special to all Muslims that brings together families and communities for the common goal to bring each other closer to Allah.
“To me it’s a time of reflection, healing, and renewing our endless commitment and devotion to our faith. It gives us an opportunity to improve our relationship with Allah, to seek more knowledge about Islam, and an opportunity to improve our spirituality to better ourselves and live in accordance with the teachings of Islam,” she said.
“This is true for my family. We do our best to observe the obligatory fasting and zakat (charity). Some of us observe the Taraweeh, the supplementary prayers in the evening during Ramadan. And we do these together every day as a family, supporting each other’s spiritual development – from struggling to wake up before dawn to have our pre-dawn meal, to fasting, reviewing our past deeds and praying throughout the day, and to finally having our iftar (breaking of the fast) together after sunset,” Jaafar added.
Moreover, Jaafar said that “with the current state in Mindanao, I’m saddened with grief and I cannot help but remember and pray for those families who are suffering right now in the Marawi incident, and all those who suffer due to conflict and injustice.”
As the Filipino Muslims ended Sunday their month-long fasting by celebrating Eid’l Fitr, she said, "Let Ramadan remind us all the value of love and peace especially in Mindanao. I pray that one day true peace will come to Mindanao, to our people, our community and to all places, so that all families, Muslim and non-Muslim, can enjoy the blessings of life, the love of God."
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on June 26, 2017.
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