Beng joins Muslims in Ramadan fete PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 July 2013 11:21

Mayor Beng Climaco has expressed solidarity with the Muslim community in Zamboanga in celebrating Ramadan, the Islamic Holy Month, which starts today, July 8 and will end August 7.

“We are one with our Muslim brothers and sisters in celebrating the Holy month of Ramadan. We all aspire for peace and unity in our city,” the mayor said as she called on all residents to support the Muslim community in their month long fasting, a religious obligation intended to teach Muslims about peace, spirituality, humility and subsmissiveness to God.

Climaco who assumed as City Mayor noon of June 30 said celebrating diversity will be a policy during her administration where the City Government will partner with the Muslim community in the celebration of Islamic feasts such as Eid’l Fitr, Eid’l Adha and other occasions as well as religious observance of other groups including indigenous peoples.

And in all these joint programs, the chief executive wants the involvement of children. “I want children to go back and know their faith and culture”.

To show unity with the Muslim community, Mayor Climaco met with the Interfaith Council of Leaders in a gathering organized by the Silsillah Dialogue Movement last Thursday at a local hotel and the Muftis, Imams and Ustadzes together with Councilor Abdurahman Nuño, chairman of the Council committee on Muslim Affairs last Saturday in City Hall.

The separate dialogues focused on pressing issues besetting the City such as peace and security and other concerns.

Climaco said she fully supports proposals presented, some of them presented even prior to election that includes the issue on Halal certificate and Muslim burial sites among others. She said the groups concerned have brainstormed on the issues presented and that an Advisory Council composed of Muslims, Christians and Lumads will have to craft a plan for Zamboanga City in collaboration with the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos and Councilor Abdurahman Nuño.

Ramadan (also known as Ramadhan or Ramzan), according to records, is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. It is a time when Muslims around the world focus on prayer, fasting, giving to charity, and religious devotion. The last third of Ramadan is a particularly holy period, as it commemorates when the Koran’s (Qu’ran) first verses were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (Mohammad or Muhammed). — Sheila Covarrubias