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Aquino expresses solidarity with Pinoy Muslims on eve of Ramadan

Posted On 2014 Jul 02
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Filipino Muslims gather at the Quiapo Mosque in Manila on Sunday (June 29, 2014) to mark the start of Ramadan, a time for spiritual reflection. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims are required to abstain from eating, fasting, smoking and sex from dawn to dusk. (MNS photo)

Filipino Muslims gather at the Quiapo Mosque in Manila on Sunday (June 29, 2014) to mark the start of Ramadan, a time for spiritual reflection. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims are required to abstain from eating, fasting, smoking and sex from dawn to dusk. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III on Saturday expressed solidarity with the Muslim Filipino community as they prepare to start the holy month of Ramadan on Sunday.

In his message, Aquino said Ramadan is a sacred period of reflection and worship, and an opportunity to reinforce discipline, self-control and compassion.

“Our solidarity enables us to learn from each other and create a more unified and harmonious nation where citizens of various beliefs and creeds can work together to uphold peace and harmony,” he said.

He said he hopes Ramadan will strengthen the faith of Filipino Muslims and inspire them to “deepen your commitment to fulfilling our shared vision of lasting, equitable progress.”

Aquino noted the Philippines continues to grow more robust as its communities make their diversity a source of strength and open themselves to new insights.

He urged them to let the teachings of the Qur’an “guide you in this time of fasting and prayer, and allow you to contribute more passionately towards building a better future for our countrymen.” (MNS)

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