Aquino joins Muslims in celebration of Eid'l Adha-A A +A
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday joined the Muslim community in the Philippines in the observance and celebration of Eid’l Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice, which was declared a special non-working holiday by the government.
In his message, the Chief Executive said the government is one with Muslim Filipinos in recognizing the solemnity of the occasion as he remembered prophet Ibraham’s sacrifice and its significance to the Islamic faith.
MANILA. Filipino Muslims gather at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on Tuesday to celebrate Eid'l Adha or the Feast of the Sacrifice, which also marked the end if the Islamic calendar. (Photos by John Carlo Cahinhinan/Sunnex)
"Today, we are reminded of Ibraham’s tale of sacrifice, and its narrative of unconditional trust, devotion, and fortitude. In the face of a seemingly insurmountable task, he showed courage and immense faith in the Almighty," the President said.
"May we find in ourselves the strength and empowerment Ibraham displayed as we collectively fulfill our great destiny as individuals, communities, and a nation.”
Aquino also called on the public “to remember our brothers who pursue a just and peaceful society, where hope and optimism reign, and where every Filipino enjoys the right to live in an environment that nurtures our potential and dreams.”
He underscored that all Filipinos should forever be “indebted” to all heroes of peace and “ensure that their sacrifice will never be in vain.”
“We in government are one with you in recognizing the solemnity of this occasion, and we honor the diversity of our people’s faiths, each founded on love, compassion, respect, and understanding,” the President said.
“These are the same ideals that fuel our national renewal, and humanity’s ongoing journey of transformation. May you remain a staunch partner of the Filipino people as we march united towards our brighter tomorrows,” he added.
Eid’l Adha is an annual feast observed by the Muslim community to commemorate Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his young and only firstborn son in obedience to a command from Allah. It also marks the end of the annual ‘Hajj’ or pilgrimage to Mecca. (SDR/Sunnex)