Aquino’s message for Eid’l Fitr celebration (August 20, 2012)

President Benigno Aquino III sent a message to the Muslim Filipino community on the occasion of their celebration of Eid’l Fitr on Monday, August 20, 2012.

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Message
of
His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III
President of the Philippines
To the Muslim Filipino community
On the occasion of their celebration of Eid’l Fitr

The entire Filipino nation joins the Muslim Filipino community, as you celebrate the Eid’l Fitr.

The bedrock of a robust society is an empowered citizenry working together for the achievement of lasting peace and meaningful reform, and there is no doubt that our Muslim brothers and sisters contribute greatly to this foundation. The compassion, discipline, and solidarity that you demonstrate everyday are not just an affirmation of your strong faith in Allah and your commitment to Islam, but also a testament to your proactive participation in nation-building. As you culminate the holy month of Ramadhan, keep at heart the spirit of bayanihan, and sustain the culture of dynamism in your respective communities, for these efforts redound to our continued revitalization as one people.

Throughout our history, Islam has served as a guide for many Filipinos, offering pathways of discernment for individuals and communities of this faith. May its teachings hold true to the collective conscience of the Filipino people, and may you always be guided by integrity and excellence in your deeds, as we aim to fully realize our country’s transformation.

(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III

Eid’l Fitr or Eid ul-Fitr (Arabic: ‎عيد الفطر ‘Īdu l-Fiṭr), often abbreviated to Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Eid is an Arabic word meaning “festivity,” while Fiṭr means “breaking (the fast).”

President Aquino declared August 20 a regular holiday throughout the country in observance of Eid’l Fitr through Presidential Proclamation No. 455.