Beng joins Muslims in Eid’l Fitri PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 August 2013 14:06

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday morning joined with the Muslim residents of this city in Eid’l Fitri celebration, marking the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan, with mass prayer at the JFE Memorial Sports Complex in Baliwasan.

Dressed in a fuchsia Muslim gown over a white turung, Climaco proceeded to the grandstand about 8:30 a.m. and greeted (salam) the Muslim residents as they gathered for the morning prayer, to the delight of the Islamic leaders.

For the first time, the city government through the lady chief executive allowed the Muslim community to use the grandstand free of charge for their Eid’l Fitri prayer, which in the past was done in different mosques all over the city.

Early on, Climaco told the Muslim residents that she values the Muslim-Christian coexistence in this part of the country.

“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,” Climaco said Monday when the city government sponsored an Iftar (sunset meal to break the fast during Ramadan) at a mosque in Sta. Barbara.

The former Deputy House Speaker and District 1 representative now mayor of the city said she and her husband Maj. Gen. Salazar used to share something with the Muslim residents of Zamboanga during Ramadan.

“My husband told me to visit the mosques and share a little something to our Muslim brothers and sisters,” Climaco recalled. “Little did I know that for this year we are sharing with you something more for your ‘bukah’ (breaking of fasting)” she added.

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

Eid’l Fitri, also known as Ramadan Id, is celebrated by Muslims across the world, at the end of the month of Ramadan. It signifies the breaking of the fasting period, with the sighting of new crescent moon in the evening, on the last day of Ramadan.

The celebration extends to a fiesta of three days and is also called “Choti Eid”, starting on the first day of Shawwal (tenth month of the Islamic calendar). On this day, which is considered to be one of the greatest Muslim festivals, the observers of the fast greet each other in their local language and according to their respective traditions.

The significance of Id-ul-Fitr stems from the special meaning it holds for the entire Muslim community. Legend says that Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) had laid down Eid ul Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha as days of rejoicing and feasting for the Muslims, in the remembrance of Allah. Since then, Muslims fast for the complete month of Ramadan and offer spiritual devotions to the almighty Allah, believing that the fasting will bring them close to Allah and also get them forgiveness for their past sins. It is believed that whoever fasts during Ramadan with absolute faith shall have his past sins forgiven.— Vic Larato