Filipino Muslims Offer Prayers for Peace

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Filipino Muslims Offer Prayers for Peace


Islam's three-day celebration of the post-Ramadan Eid'l Fitr (Festival of Breaking the Fast) started Monday, with Muslims in the Philippines filling to the brim every mosque and many open fields to thank Allah and pray for peace.

Also in the Philippines, July 29 is a regular holiday as earlier proclaimed by President Aquino based on Republic Act No. 9997.

As Muslims celebrate Eid'l Fitr, Vice President Jejomar Binay asked for prayers for peace to reign in the Gaza Strip and Libya.

"We join our Muslim brothers and sisters as they celebrate the end of their fast. As we join in the festivities, may we also pray for brotherhood and peace to reign in the Gaza Strip and Libya," the Vice President said in a statement.

"Many lives have been lost in the continuing violence in those areas, and even our kababayans (countrymen) working in the Gaza Strip, Israel, and Libya have become casualties of the conflict," he added.

Binay said the Philippines' experience in Mindanao should serve as a model for other countries in attaining peace.

"With the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) may our country become a model in proving that people of different religions can co-exist in peace," he said.

The Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed last March 27 the peace pact in MalacaAaAaAeA~an

The agreement aims to bring an end to several decades of conflict in Mindanao that has claimed more than 100,000 lives.

In Saudi Arabia, religious authorities declared July 27 as the last day of Ramadan, and July 28 as the start of the month of Shawwal, year 1435, and first day of Eid.

The Saudi Royal Court made the declaration after getting reports that many adults sighted the new moon of the month of Shawwal.

Aleem Ahmad Said Basher, chairman of the Imam Council of the Philippines (ICOP), said the Eid worship included prayers for peace and the end of the conflict in Palestine, and other parts of world. …

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