Malacanan declares Sept 1 holiday in observance of Eid’l Adha

MECCA, K.S.A. – President Duterte has declared September 1 as holiday throughout the country in observance of Eid’l Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice, one of the two holidays in the Muslim world.

Proclamation Number 297 which was issued on August 29, stated that “Republic Act 9849 provides that Eid’l Adha shall be celebrated as regular holiday.”

This holiday commemorates the willingness of Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his own son, Ismael, as an act in obedience to the command of God.

In the Islamic calendar, Eid’l Adha begins on the 10th day of Dhu al-HIjjah. The High Judicial Court of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced September 1 as the first day of Eid.

Malacanan’s declaration was based on the recommendation of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), the agency mandated to help facilitate the pilgrimage of Muslim Filipinos every year. 

In an interview, NCMF Commissioner Sheikh Adbulhadi Daguit, who chairs the Philippine Hajj 2017 overall operation, said there are 5,967 Filipino pilgrims now in the Kingdom performing Hajj.

This figure does not include 30 Muslim Filipino Pilgrims being hosted by the “Guests Program of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for Hajj.” 

The total number of Filipino Hajj pilgrims this year is 6,007 of which four have died due to ailments.

The Commission has set up clinics with standby ambulance to attend the medical needs of the pilgrims.

It has deployed staff that respond to the needs of the pilgrims.

Muslims around the world celebrate Eid’l Adha starting with a morning congregational prayer followed by slaughtering animal for those who can afford.

It could be goat, sheep, cattle, or camel, whose meat will be shared with the family members, relatives and the needy people.

Performing Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam. Muslims who are financially and physically capable are required to perform Hajj at least once in their lifetime.