Philippine president greets Muslim-Filipinos on its month-long observance of Ramadan

16:56, August 02, 2011      

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Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III expressed optimism on Tuesday that the Muslim-Filipinos remain united with the government to attain lasting peace as he greeted them on its month-long observance of Ramadan.

Aquino said the devotion of the Muslim Filipinos to perform the essential requisites of Islam, such as the holy fasting, is an inspiring deed.

"Your steadfastness in your sacrifice during the 29 days of Ramadan is also by itself an opportunity for enlightenment," he added.

Apart from being a personal quest of faith, Aquino noted " Ramadan serves as a representation of peace, as Muslims around the world embody the spirit of solidarity in this moment of glorification."

Aquino said that he is heartened by how this religious event demonstrates "the readiness of Muslims to be humbled by abstinence. "

He expressed confidence that "we remain united by our common endeavor to attain lasting stability."

Ramadan is the month when Muslims observe a strict fast for a period of 12 hours daily, from sunrise to sunset. The year 2011, the holy month of Ramadan started on August 1. The ending 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.

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