MANILA, July 17 (PNA) — President Benigno S. Aquino III on Friday greeted Muslim Filipinos on the occasion of Eid’l Fitr, which marks the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
In his message, President Aquino joined the country’s Muslim community in celebrating Eid’l Fitr, expressing hope that the activities during Ramadan have strengthened their faith.
“Today, we gather for the culmination of the Holy Month of Ramadan, the Eid’l Fitr, to commemorate the time when Allah, the Merciful and the Compassionate, revealed the Quran to Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). We celebrate this festival to thank Allah for His kindness and generosity in giving to us His word, that we may be guided in the ways and truth of purpose towards paradise,” the President said.
“It is my hope that the activities during Ramadan strengthened your faith, even as the feast that now follows, nourishes and rejuvenates both your body and spirit,” he added.
President Aquino noted that the country is closer to achieving genuine and lasting peace and development for the people of Mindanao.
“This occasion comes at a most auspicious time when our country is finally nearing its goal of achieving genuine, lasting peace in Mindanao. Like your festival, this is the much awaited end to a long, protracted period of reflection, sacrifice, and rediscovery of the values that our nation and our people cherish,” he said.
The President also hoped that through Ramadan activities, the Filipinos would “emerge better citizens and devotees of God”.
“May peace and unity prevail over our lands and waters, as we proceed to the next chapter of our journey on the straight and righteous path towards a more equitably progressive future,” he said.
President Aquino declared Friday (July 17) a regular holiday in celebration of Eid’l Fitr. (PNA)