City initiates grand Iftar in Recodo PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2014 12:03

Mayor Beng Climaco joined Muslim worshippers in Recodo and the neighboring barangays to break the Ramadan fast as part of the city government-initiated grand Iftar Wednesday.

Accompanied by Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod and Zamboanga City Inter-faith Council, department heads and other guests from various offices, organizations and institutions,    Mayor Climaco spent time with members of the Recodo community breaking fast at sunset.

Visibly present were representatives from the humanitarian organizations—people who are in the forefront of the Zamboanga response.

Prominent Muslim religious leaders present were Deputy Mufti for Region 9- Sheik Abdulwakil Tanjili, Sheik Khadraji “Guru Bata” Tapsi- Sabiel Al Muhtadeen Ameer and Sheik Mahir Gustaham.

The chief executive underscored the importance of unity and solidarity among different faiths. She told the Muslim residents that she values the Muslim-Christian coexistence in the city. “I want you to know that we value our co-existence. Let us pray for peace, unity and understanding as we approach the Eid’l Fitri celebration.”

Recodo chairman Wahab Ibba thanked Mayor Climaco for choosing his barangay as the site of the grand Iftar and for bringing along visitors and guests from different faiths and different countries to break the fast with members of the community.

Gustaham explained in brief the meaning and objectives of Ramadan which means abstinence from eating, drinking and sexual activities from dawn to dusk. He said it is the goals of Ramadan to develop self-constraint and God awareness. “We can achieve self-control when fasting and we can achieve self-discipline and of course accountability and awareness of the hereafter and many more.”

The holy month of Ramadan sees Muslims around the world fasting between dawn and sunset.

Some 300 people-packed the barangay covered court in Recodo for the event. — Sheila Covarrubias