MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday urged Filipino Muslims to deepen their faith and strengthen their resolve for a "society worthy of Allah's continued blessings and protection."
The President, in his message, greeted Filipino Muslims "Eid Mubarak" in light of Eid al-Adha, which commemorates the sacrifice made by Abraham in obedience to Allah’s command.
Duterte said Abraham's sacrifice was "one of the most remarkable demonstrations of faith of all time."
"This account not only teaches us the importance of personal sacrifice, but also inculcates in us the value of submission to a higher authority, even though, at times, our feelings and emotions compel us otherwise," he said.
"Truly, this feast’s narrative continues to resonate in our present time. Now, more than ever, we are called to lend a piece of ourselves to endeavors that redound to the common good and benefit the most number of people."
The major festival is celebrated by a pilgrimage in Mecca, Islam’s holiest city, sacrificing an animal, having a feast with family and relatives, and performing an act of charity to the needy.
Malacañang earlier declared Monday as a regular holiday in observance of Eid al-Adha.
Muslims make up around 6 percent of the Philippines, according to official data.