Thursday, 30 October 2014

PIA News Dispatch - Monday, October 6, 2014

President Aquino joins Filipino Muslims in the observance of Eidul Adha

President Benigno S. Aquino III joined Filipino Muslims in the observance of the Eidul Adha celebrated on Monday.

“My warmest greetings to our Muslim brothers and sisters in the observance and celebration of the Eidul Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice,” said President Aquino in his message posted in the Official Gazette ( on Sunday.

Eidul Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice is a major festival for the Muslim faith as this honors the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his son Ishmael (Ismail) as an act of submission to God’s command.

“This event reminds us of the virtue of sacrifice and its importance in the Islamic faith. It recounts to the faithful the story of Ibrahim and Ishmail and the lengths that they were willing to go in order to demonstrate their obedience, surrender, and trust in Allah,” the President said.

“This is a message that finds significance within all Filipinos, as we are called to make our own sacrifices for the sake of building a peaceful and prosperous society,” he added.

The President also took the opportunity to appeal to all to continue on the “straight path” to progress.

“In this time of solemn remembrance, let us all rise to the challenge of nation-building, keeping in mind that our actions have the capacity to alter the course of our country’s future. May we remain steadfast on the straight path, demonstrate integrity, passion, and excellence in our respective pursuits, and become the catalyst of positive, meaning change in our nation,” said President Aquino. PND (ag)