Saturday, September 2, 2017

Eid al-Adha 2017 in the Philippines

  1. Also Eid'l Adha, Eidul Adha, Id-ul-Adha
  2. Also known as the Feast of Sacrifice or "big Eid", is one of two Eid festivals observed by the Muslim faithful. The second, Eid al-Fitr, comes at the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. 
  3. It falls on the 10th day of the Dhu al-Hijjah lunar month
  4. In the Philippines, it was declared a Regular Holiday when President Duterte signed on 29 August 2017 Proclamation 297 declaring Friday, 1 September 2017 as  Regular Holiday
  5. Around 6,000 pilgrims from the Philippines joined the faithful in Mount Arafat, East Mecca, to celebrate one of the greatest feasts of Islam, Eid'l Adha on Friday, September 1.
  6. The feast, which is celebrated for 4 days to mark the end of Hajj (the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia), has distinct spiritual, educational and social significance for Muslims around the world.
  7. In Manila, thousands flocked to the iconic Rizal Park to offer a morning prayer and listen to a 40-minute sermon delivered by Ustadz Mohammad Nhor Sawato, a Muslim teacher.
  8. One hundred and two days: that’s how long thousands of families have endured living as internally-displaced persons (IDPs) since the war in Marawi forced them to flee their city.
  9. Based on data from the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees, there are 359,680 IDPs or 78,466 families housed in 75 evacuation centers in 16 municipalities across Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur.
  10. Many IDPs at the Saguiaran Municipal gymnasium are driven by hope that they have something to return to after the war in Marawi.
  11. Imam Usman Rorogarus, an IDP, says that the Eid’l Adha reminds them of the sacrifices that the prophet Ibrahim had to endure as his faith in God, as well as that of his son, Ysmael, was put to a test.
  12. "May this occasion invigorate you to remain steadfast in our task of ensuring triumph against elements that perpetuate discord and violence," President Rodrigo Duterte said in a message as he called for unity and renewal of Muslim values.


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