In observance of Ramadan, Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III has issued his message to all our Muslim brothers and sisters. Ramadan also known as Ramazan, Ramzan, Ramadhan, Ramdan, and Ramadaan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.
Ramadan is a month long fasting wherein Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and sexual activities from dawn until sunset. Fasting is intended to teach Muslims about patience, humility and spirituality and is a time for Muslims to fast for the sake of Allah and to offer more prayer than usual. During Ramadan, Muslims ask forgiveness for past sins, pray for guidance and help in refraining from everyday evils, and try to purify themselves through self-restraint and good deeds.
Herewith is the complete text of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s Ramadan Message:
His Excellency BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
President of the Philippines
Philippine Islamic Community
In observance of the Holy Month of Ramadan
[August 9, 2010]
The Filipino nation joins our brothers and sisters in Islam in the observance of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Ramadan is a time of both sacrifice and purification; as you fast, pray, and act with kindness towards the poor and less fortunate, may the whole world also pause to reflect on the value of forgoing worldly pleasures to cleanse the body, mind, and soul.
Along with this, may we also be reminded that Ramadan is also a time for great hope. For the sacrifices that bring a community closer to one another and to the Almighty brings the promise of grace and abundance.
The Filipino nation shares deeply in this Ramadan spirit. As we collectively acknowledge our failure in the stewardship of our people and resources, we must undergo difficult sacrifices. As we heal the wounds of our nation, in justice, each and every one needs to accept his or her shortcomings and resolve to take the straight path. The straight path demands thinking less of ourselves and more of what we can do for the greater good.
It is this sacrifice along with the promise of change that gives us so much hope. We know that in the new straight path, the Almighty will generously reward us with His bountiful blessings and grace.
A blessed Ramadan to all our Muslim brothers and sisters. And to all of us.
(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III