Council joins Ramadan celebration PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 July 2013 13:46

The City Council during its session last week approved a resolution expressing unity with the Muslim community in the City in the observance of the holy month of Ramadan.

Resolution 512, authored by Councilor Charlie Mariano and seconded by Councilor Luis Biell III was unanimously approved during the Council session July 10, a day after the Muslim community started its 30-day sacrifice in the form of fasting.

The legislative body said it shares in the sacrifices of the Muslim community with the hope of obtaining lasting peace and unity among all religious sects and tribal groups in the city.

A copy of the Council resolution was furnished to Mayor Beng Climaco for information and dissemination.

Mayor Beng Climaco much earlier also 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.

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic Calendar. Islamic readings say that the practices of Ramadan “are meant to purify oneself from thoughts and deeds which are counter to Islam. By removing material desires, one is able to focus fully on devotion and service to God. Many Muslims go beyond the physical ritual of fasting and attempt to purge themselves of impure thoughts and motivations such as anger, cursing, and greed.”

The end of Ramadan is marked by the Holiday of Eid ul-Fitr, which takes place either 29 or 30 days after the beginning of the month. On Eid ul-Fitr, morning prayers are followed by feasting and celebration among family and friends. This year Eid ul-Fitr will most probably fall on Wednesday, August 7, according to Islamic records. — Sheila Covarrubias