Speaker urges PH to appreciate Filipino Muslims’ contribution

Speaker urges PH to appreciate Filipino Muslims’ contribution to society

/ 02:17 AM April 10, 2024

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez has urged Filipinos to celebrate and appreciate the contribution of Muslim brothers and sisters to nation-building, as the Islamic world celebrates the end of Ramadan.

Romualdez in his statement for Eid’l Fitr on Tuesday, the Philippines has benefitted from the contributions of the Muslim community which has enriched the country’s culture.


READ: What is Eid al-Fitr and how do Muslims celebrate the Islamic holiday?


“As we join in the celebrations of Eid’l Fitr, let us also recognize the diversity that enriches our nation. The Philippines is home to a vibrant Muslim community whose contributions have greatly enriched our great nation,” Romualdez said.

“Let us embrace the spirit of inclusivity and understanding, fostering unity and respect for all faiths and beliefs,” he added.

At the same time, the Speaker also urged Filipino Muslims to remember the deeper meaning behind the sacrifices for Ramadan—which is to embody patience, empathy, and self-discipline.

READ: Eid al-Fitr falls on April 10, Wednesday — Bangsamoro Darul Ifta

READ: Marcos declares April 10 (Wednesday) a regular holiday in view of Eid’l Fitr

Rejoice in deeper spiritual meaning

“On the occasion of Eid’l Fitr, let us come together to celebrate the culmination of Ramadan, a month of fasting, prayer and reflection for our Muslim brothers and sisters. As we gather with loved ones to share in the festivities, let us not only rejoice in the abundance of food and blessings but also in the deeper spiritual meaning behind this sacred time,” Romualdez said.


“Ramadan teaches us the values of patience, empathy and self-discipline. It is a time for introspection, where individuals strive for personal growth and spiritual enlightenment,” he added. “Through fasting and acts of charity, Muslims demonstrate their commitment to compassion and generosity, reaching out to those in need and fostering solidarity within their communities.”

On Tuesday, the Bangsamoro Darul Ifta confirmed that Eid al-Fitr, which marks the conclusion of the sacred month of Ramadan, will fall on Wednesday, April 10.

Bangsamoro Mufti Sheikh Abdulrauf Guialani made the announcement after the crescent moon was sighted on Tuesday evening, which signifies that the feast of breaking the fast would commence on the next day.

Last April 4, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. declared April 10 as a regular  holiday to celebrate Eid’l Fitr through Proclamation No. 514.

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“May this Eid bring not only joy but also renewed hope and optimism for our shared future. Let us carry forward the values of compassion, generosity and unity that define this occasion, extending kindness and goodwill to all,” Romualdez said.

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