‘Muslims, Christians have no reason to dwell on differences’ | Inquirer News
SENATOR CHIZ ESCUDERO:

‘Muslims, Christians have no reason to dwell on differences’

By: - Reporter / @MAgerINQ
/ 11:38 AM July 17, 2015
SHOCKING PINK  To foster love, not war, in his strife-torn municipality, Mayor Samsudin Dimaukom has painted buildings in Datu Saudi Ampatuan town, Maguindanao province, with his favorite color, including this mosque. Even schoolchildren attending the madrasah (Muslim school) wear pink uniforms.  RAFFY LERMA

SHOCKING PINK To foster love, not war, in his strife-torn municipality, Mayor Samsudin Dimaukom has painted buildings in Datu Saudi Ampatuan town, Maguindanao province, with his favorite color, including this mosque. Even schoolchildren attending the madrasah (Muslim school) wear pink uniforms. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA

Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero on Friday urged everyone to “fast from discrimination and narrow-mindedness” as the country celebrates Eid’ul Fitr.

Escudero noted that Eid’ul Fitr was declared a national holiday in the Philippines, a predominantly Christian country, “to foster peace and goodwill with Muslim Filipinos.”

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Eid’ul Fitr, he said, marks not just the end of Ramadan but the beginning of the Shawwal, the 10th month of the lunar year. After 30 days of sacrifice, Muslims join their friends and family in a feast, giving thanks to Allah and practicing charity by giving food to others.

“Today, I am reminded of how similar we are, Christians and Muslims,” the senator said in a statement.

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“We like to share the most important moments with those we love. We value family; we come home as much as we can. Many Muslims here in Manila are traveling to Mindanao so they can be in an environment that highlights their culture.”

“Having the same core values, we have no compelling reason to dwell on our differences. If we share the same love for family, respect for tradition and devotion to our God/Allah, then all other differences are minor. There is nothing we cannot resolve, employing such respect and sincere desire to live in peace,” Escudero added.

The senator then urged everyone “to fast from discrimination and narrow-mindedness, and to celebrate the richness of our culture as seen in our diversity as a people.”

“Together, let us cleanse our nation of the spirit of division that has hindered us from achieving what we all want—lasting peace and shared prosperity,” said Escudero. IDL

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