MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday he hopes that the holy month of Ramadan would bring peace as the country faces the coronavirus crisis.
Duterte urged Filipino Muslims to foster unity and solidarity in the country as this year's Ramadan is considered by some as challenging with many cities and towns under lockdown.
"Let this occasion give us peace amidst the adversity and challenges we face each day," he said in a message.
"As you embody the religious insights and epiphanies you have gleaned from this undertaking, may you be moved to advance our collective resolve to eschew misguided ideologies so that we may achieve a truly progressive and inclusive society," he added.
During Ramadan, Muslims across the world fast to fulfill a pillar of Islam. They abstain from eating, drinking, and smoking from dawn to dusk.
Muslims also use the occasion to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Prophet Mohammed.
With the start of the holy month, Duterte said he hopes Muslims would "further lead a life of purity and clarity."
"I likewise hope that your devotion and sacrifices will reaffirm your commitment to foster unity and solidarity among your fellowmen regardless of faith or creed," he said.
Islam’s holy month of Ramadan will officially begin Friday, April 24, Abuhuraira Udasan, executive director of the Bangsamoro Grand Mufti and Regional Darul Ifta said.