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Defense commander says Eid al-Fitr is a good opportunity to promote societal healing.

MANILA, Philippines — As the country prepares to welcome its next set of leaders, this year’s Eid al-Fitr is a moment to promote social healing and reconciliation, according to Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

“The importance of this year’s Eid al-Fitr is heightened as the entire nation prepares for the inauguration of a new government. This is an ideal opportunity to encourage Filipinos of all religions to promote the spirit of love, reconciliation, and societal healing “In a statement, Lorenzana added.

The Eid al-Fitr holiday falls a week before Filipinos vote for municipal and national leaders on May 9.

He said that the military department hoped that meditation during the holy month of Ramadan would put the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and all Islam groups throughout the world on a “continuous journey to peace and prosperity.”

“Your One Defense Team pledges to support any and all security initiatives that will help Filipinos live in more harmony and be better protected. Peace to everyone, and Happy Eid Mubarak! “Added he.

Isko extends his greetings to Muslim Filipinos.

Aksyon Demokratiko standard-bearer Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso greeted Filipino Muslims celebrating Eid’l Fitr at the Kartilya ng Katipunan Shrine near City Hall, wishing them more blessings.

“So, babae, lalaki, bata, matanda, muli mga kapatid na Muslim.” Maynila manatili at pumanatag kayo. Lagi kayong lungsod bahagi ng pamahalaan bahagi ng pamahalaan bahagi ng pamahalaan bahagi ng pamahalaan bahagi ng pama Pantay-pantay sa Maynila’s lungsod. Again, mabuhay ang ating mga kapatid na Muslim dito sa Maynila (Again, mabuhay ang ating mga kapatid na Muslim dito sa Maynila). Stay in Manila and unwind. The city is always a part of you. Long may our Muslim brothers and sisters in Manila live in peace),” he added.

Domagoso apologized for the years of neglect for Muslims, as he had done in prior addresses in front of Muslims, and expressed optimism that the city government, in its own small manner, would be able to provide them a sense of belonging in Manila.

“We have attempted, in our own small way, to correct Manila’s history so that you may have a sense of belonging to the City of Manila as members of the community. Ghazali Jaafar, naipangako ko kay Ghazali Jaafar, naipangako ko kay Ghazali Jaafar, naipangako ko kay Ghazali Jaafar, naipangako ko kay Ghazali Jaafar, naipangako ko kay Ghazali Jaa Ito ay ang dating pangarap lamang ng mga Muslim na kapatid natin sa lungsod na kung saan marami sa kanila ayon sa aking karanasan sa mahabang panahon dito sa city hall na nahihirapan ang ating mga kaanak kapag hihimlay (Just as I promised Ghazali Jaafar, we will create a Muslim Cemetery in Manila.) It used to be simply a dream of our Muslim brothers and sisters in the city, where many of them, according to my extensive experience here at the city hall, have problems laying down their deceased relatives. Now that we’ve established ourselves, we’d like to provide it to you) “Domagoso explained.

Domagoso opened the first Islamic Cemetery and Cultural Hall for the Manila City government inside the Manila South Cemetery in June 2021. Due to the lack of adequate Muslim burial grounds in Metro Manila, Muslims have long struggled to bury their dead.

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Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., Presidential Peace Adviser and head of the National Task Force Against Covid-19, stated the Covid-19 epidemic impacted the way the world remembers events.

“May you include in your prayers the realization of our collective ambition as Filipinos, that we eventually heal and recover from this health catastrophe, and become a nation connected by peace, reconciliation, and unity,” Galvez said in a statement. “We appreciate Muslims for fasting for a month, praying with one another, paying alms and doing other charitable activities, and contemplating on a deeper spiritual level.”

Three days after the month-long Ramadan fasting, the Muslim community celebrates Eid al-Fitr, one of the two most important Islamic holidays.

The festival is decided by the sighting of the crescent moon in the Islamic month of Shawwal, as calculated by the lunar-based Islamic calendar.

Republic Act 9177 made it a regular holiday, which falls on May 3 this year, to recognize the country’s Islamic past.

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