Sacrifice needed to bring about better society –– Duterte.
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte yesterday greeted Muslims “Eid Mubarak” on the occasion of Eid’l Adha and urged them to strengthen their resolve to bring about a better society.
“In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, I join our Muslim brothers and sisters in observing Eid’l Adha or the Feast of the Sacrifice,” Duterte began his message.
Eid’l Adha celebrates the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ishmael in submission to Allah’s command, before he was stopped by Allah.
It is one of two of the greatest most important holidays on the Muslim calendar, the other being Eid’l Fitr, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
Duterte acknowledged that the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Isaac “is one of the most memorable demonstrations of faith of all time.”
“Ibrahim’s complete willingness to offer the life of his beloved son, in obedience to Allah’s divine command, is one of the most memorable demonstrations of faith of all time. This account not only teaches us the importance of personal sacrifice, but also inculcates in us the value of submission to a higher authority, even though, at times, our feelings and emotions compel us otherwise,” the President said.
“Truly, this feast’s narrative continues to resonate in our present time. Now, more than ever, we are called to lend a piece of ourselves to endeavors that redound to the common good and benefit the most number of people. Let us, therefore, reflect on the lessons we can learn today to deepen our faith and strengthen our resolve to bring about a society that is worthy of Allah’s continued blessings and protection,” Duterte added.
“May you have a meaningful observance! Eid Mubarak!” he said.
Malacañang has declared today a regular holiday in observance of Eid’l Adha.