Islamic New Year Observed Today; President Airs Wish for Peace on Amon Jadid Exhorts Muslims to Assist in Nat'l Resurgence

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Byline: EDD K. USMAN

President Arroyo, on the occasion today of Amon Jadid or Islamic New Year, joins the Muslim world in celebration as she expressed hope that the occasion would serve to bring all Filipino members of the Muslim community behind the government's effort for national resurgence.

"Once again, I join our Muslim countrymen and the rest of the members of the Muslim Ummah (community) in celebrating Amon Jadid, the Islamic New Year, on the first day of Muharram 1428, corresponding to Jan. 20, 2007," the President said in her traditional message through the Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA).

She said the government views with optimism the advent of Islam's New Year in relation with the search for durable peace and economic progress nationwide.

"It is my earnest wish that this celebration shall gather all Filipino Muslims behind government efforts to lead our nation's resurgence. Let us seize the fresh opportunity offered by the New Year to create a stronger and more progressive Philippines," said the President.

Sultan Yahya Tomawis, OMA executive director, said marking Amon Jadid should always include remembering the Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Allaihi Wassalam, and His teachings and examples.

"Let us contemplate on the factors that brought us the Hij-rah calendar and the hardship Islam's prophet and His handful of followers endured when they migrated to Madinah to escape persecution," said Tomawis.

The OMA official said only in adhering to the Prophet's teachings all through the years that Muslims will be showing true gratitude to Him.

Over at the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), the regional governor, Datu Zaldy Uy Ampatuan, felicitated his constituents in Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Shariff Kabunsuan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, and in Marawi City, as he prayed that Allah Subhana Wa Taala remains constant in helping the Bangsamoro people.

"As we celebrate Amon Jadid, we raise our hearts and minds to the Almighty Allah with fervent prayer that the gains He gave us in serving our people shall be reinforced with the strengthening of our will to do the best we can in the furtherance of their welfare," said Ampatuan. …