Aquino government joins Muslim Filipinos in observance of Eidul Adha

November 7, 2011 10:37 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 7 — The Aquino government joins all Muslim Filipinos in the observance of Eidul Adha (Feast of Sacrifice), one of the most revered festivals of the Islamic community.

In his message, President Benigno S. Aquino III said the solemn dedication of the Muslim Filipinos to strengthen their faith further reinforces Islam’s ideals of peace, solidarity, and modesty.

"Your earnest conviction for your beliefs and steadfast fulfillment of your religious obligations in an increasingly changing world serve as an inspiration to your countrymen," he stressed.

"As a reflection of a tale about unconditional trust, Eidul Adha reminds Muslim Filipinos that sacrifice is a test of one’s principles amid the challenges and complexities of life. This occasion also imparts the lesson of courage, motivating a believer to be more accepting of the trials along the way of his enlightenment,” President Aquino said.

The Chief Executive expressed high hopes that the celebration of Eidul Adha brings forth serenity among Muslim Filpinos and their respective communities, and further unite a nation that is now treading the straight path toward lasting amity and equitable progress.

"I am hopeful that you will remain committed in helping us create an environment of stability through harmonious relations among all Filipinos,” he said.

The Chief Executive has declared November 7 as a regular holiday throughout the country in observance of Eidul Adha.

He issued Proclamation No. 276 on October 20, 2011 based on Republic Act. No. 9849. The said republic act provides "that Eidul Adha shall be celebrated as a regular holiday".

The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) recommended that the observance of Eidul Adha be on November 7 and the Eidul Adha prayer be held on November 6.

The Feast of Sacrifice or Day of Sacrifice is observed after the Hajj –the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

A duty of each Muslim, as described in the Five Pillars of Islam, is to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once during their lifetime, unless they are prevented by finances or ill health.

It is the second of the two major Muslim holy days. The other is Eid-ul-Fitr which follows Ramadan. (PNA)

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