MANILA, Philippines – On Eid’l Adha, August 31, President Rodrigo Duterte called for unity and renewal of Muslim values.
“May this occasion invigorate you to remain steadfast in our task of ensuring triumph against elements that perpetuate discord and violence,” he said in his Feast of the Sacrifice message.
Eid’l Adha, the Islamic festival which commemorates Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah, takes place the day after the Marawi crisis reached its 100th day.
The conflict was perpetuated by terrorists advocating an extremist version of Islam and has been condemned by Muslim leaders in Mindanao.
“This celebration is an opportunity for our Muslim countrymen to renew their faith and reaffirm their devotion to the virtues of Islam,” said Duterte.
The President recalled Ibrahim’s obedience to Allah, even at the cost of his son’s life, as a “reminder to us all of the value of sacrifice necessary in our lives.”
There is heroism, said the Mindanaoan president, to letting go of personal comforts for the “greater good.”
“With the adversities we face as a nation, let us bring forth the spirit of solidarity in our shared hope of attaining genuine and lasting peace,” he said. – Rappler.com