MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo wished Filipino Muslims a meaningful celebration of Eid al-Adha or the Feast of the Sacrifice marking Ibrahim’s submission to Allah and his willingness to sacrifice his own son.
“When faced with adversities, may you always look inside yourselves and tap into a faith as constant and unwavering as that of Ibrahim’s—to draw strength and courage from this amid uncertainties,” the Vice President said in a statement she released a day after the holiday as declared by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Southeast Asian nations Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore observed the Eid al-Adha public holiday on Wednesday.
Malacañang has declared Tuesday as a public holiday for Filipino Muslims to commemorate the Muslim feast, which also coincided with Ninoy Aquino Day.
Robredo said Filipinos should continue to pray and work for the restoration of the Islamic City of Marawi.
“Peace has been restored here through various forms of sacrifice—of our troops, of various sectors and organizations, of thousands of families displaced by the clash. We need to work together, with the best interest of its people in mind, to help Marawi rise back on its feet in the soonest time possible,” the Vice President said.
Robredo also wished that Allah may look with favor upon the personal sacrifices made by Muslims, which help make the country stronger.
“And we hope that as we all navigate through difficult times, we can always keep in mind that this is what makes us stronger as a nation—that we show up for others, that we can cast aside differences and unite for a single greater purpose,” the Vice President said.
One of Islam's two major feasts along with Eid'l Fitr, 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.