PRESIDENT Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. urged on Thursday, March 23, 2023, the Filipino Muslim community to include in their daily prayers those who are in deep distress caused by hunger, natural calamities and unfavorable circumstances as they welcome and observe the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Marcos said that the rituals and services during Ramadan are a reminder of a shared moral obligation, regardless of faith, to “compassionately take care of each other, uphold our human dignity and stand in solidarity.”

“This season of fasting, prayer and almsgiving is an opportune time to embody the values of discipline, reverence and humility. The spiritual belief that the gate of Heaven is open during this sacred month calls upon our brothers and sisters to purify their souls against the perils of worldly pleasures as well as seek for forgiveness and peace,” Marcos said.

“As a nation enriched with cultural diversity, let us allow our hearts to embrace the profound truth that respect conquers division, understanding obliterates prejudice and love prevails over all,” he added. (SunStar Philippines)