MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday called for greater unity among various faiths as the country’s Muslims mark Eid’l Adha or the fast of sacrifice.
Eid'l Adha is one of Islam's two major feasts along with Eid'l Fitr. It honors the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God.
In his message for the major Muslim feast, Duterte said the sacred feast must serve as a “reminder of the fulfillment that is found in sacrifice.”
“Ibrahim’s faithfulness taught us the way towards a strong spiritual foundation that is guided by our share values of compassion, selflessness, and hope,” Duterte said.
The President, who leads a Catholic majority, said today’s celebration should “bind us together in our common hope of building diverse communities that is rooted in mutual respect and peace.
“I trust that in the midst of our religious traditions, we will find the strength and inspiration to live a life that transcends social, political and cultural barriers,” he said.
“Together, let us foster greater unity and harmony across people of various faiths.”
He added, as Muslims around the world commemorate the sacrifice, Filipinos “should be more inspired to embody courage and conviction in all of the challenges we face as a nation.”
Eid’l Adha marks the descent of pilgrims as they complete the annual Hajj in Mecca, Islam’s holiest city. It commemorates the sacrifice made by Abraham in obedience to Allah’s command.
Millions of Muslims are expected to complete the Hajj which all able-bodied Muslims are required to complete once in their lives.