Eid al-Fitr in Manila: Muslims pray for Marawi as Ramadan ends

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 25 2017 10:20 AM | Updated as of Jun 25 2017 10:23 AM

Around 3,500 Muslims gather for Eid al-Fitr prayers at the Quezon City Memorial Circle.

Angel Movido, ABS-CBN News

Muslims in Quiapo, Manila pray for peace, unity and forgiveness as they celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Bianca Dava, ABS-CBN News

Muslims in Quiapo, Manila put up donation boxes for the victims of the clashes in Marawi.

Bianca Dava, ABS-CBN News

Muslims in Manila flocked to Golden Mosque in Quiapo early morning for Eid al-Fitr.

Michael Delizo, ABS-CBN News

Muslims in Manila flocked to Golden Mosque in Quiapo early morning for Eid al-Fitr.

Michael Delizo, ABS-CBN News

Filipino Muslim families gathered early morning at the Quirino Grandstand for Eid al-Fitr.

Michael Delizo, ABS-CBN News

Filipino Muslim families gathered early morning at the Quirino Grandstand for Eid al-Fitr.

Michael Delizo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Filipino Muslims gathered in mosques and public places in Metro Manila to pray for peace and unity, especially for those suffering amid the conflict in the Islamic City of Marawi, as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr or the end of Ramadan.

Thousands of Muslims prayed early Sunday morning at the Golden Mosque in Quiapo and Quirino Grandstand in Manila, as well as the open grounds of the Quezon City Memorial Circle.

Muslims in Metro Manila may be miles away from the besieged southern city, but their Maranao brothers and sisters were not far from their minds.

"Sa Marawi, sana maka-recover sila kaagad," said Maryam Masanque who were one of those who prayed at the Quirino Grandstand earlier today.

"Sana matapos na 'yung war. At sana maging start itong araw na ito para magbago na ang lahat at maging mapayapa na," added Johaimen Wahab.

Most of the Muslims said this year's Ramadan was more challenging as they fasted and prayed for lasting peace in Marawi.

Hasnaima Soliman, who was among the 3,500 Muslims who prayed at the Quezon City Memorial Circle, said she has been praying everyday for those affected in Marawi City.

Soliman, a resident of Iligan City, said she flew to Manila before the conflict in their neighboring city erupted. She hopes other people wouldn't judge all Muslims based on the actions of a few men sowing terror in the besieged city.

For his part, Khalid Ibrahim said his faith in Allah just got stronger amid the crisis in Marawi.

His only wish right now is for those involved in the attack to change their ways for the good. --with reports from Angel Movido, Michael Delizo and Bianca Dava, ABS-CBN News