Climaco joins ‘Iftar’ in Rio Hondo PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 June 2017 16:27

Mayor Beng Climaco Saturday afternoon joined the Muslim community in ‘Iftar’, the breaking of the fast ceremony in Rio Hondo organized by the Interreligious Solidarity for Peace (ISP) through Peace Advocates Zamboanga Foundation, Inc. (PAZ) and Zamboanga –Basilan Integrated Development Alliance, Inc. (ZABIDA).

In her message, Climaco extolled members of the Muslim community in the city for their sacrifices as she reaffirmed her support to the group by valuing co-existence of all faiths and beliefs.

She urged those present during the ceremony to continue praying for peace, unity and understanding despite the challenges besetting the country and the city in particular.

The city government is also set to conduct its annual Grand Iftar or Pagbukah on Thursday, June 15 at the R.T. Lim Boulevard, as a gesture of support and respect for the Muslim community in the city.

The ISP-sponsored Iftar held at the Islamic Institute of the Philippines in Camp Islam, Rio Hondo was also an annual event aimed to promote solidarity, interreligious dialogue, respect and understanding among diverse communities of the city.

Mayor Climaco emphasized the importance of celebrating similarities instead of the differences regardless of faith and social status. “Together let us work for peace and security in our beloved City of Zamboanga!”

The event was participated by different sectors of the community including other city officials and the security sector.

Iftar is an Arabic word for “sunset meal”, which refers to the evening meal when Muslims break their fast at the time of sunset, right at the time of maghrib adhan before Maghrib Prayer, during the Islamic month of Ramadan.

The Islamic month of Ramadan, during which Muslims around the world abstain from worldly things from sunrise to sunset, will culminate on June 26 in what will be called “Eid-ul-Fitr” locally known as “Hariraya Puasa.” It will be a national holiday. (Sheila Covarrubias/PR)