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‘Help the less fortunate, most in need’ – President Duterte message on Ramadan

As the Filipino Muslims observe Ramadan, Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte asked for unity and help for the less fortunate and most in need.
In his Ramadan message released on Monday (April 12), Duterte said, “Let us all come together and channel the spirit of Ramadan by helping those who are less fortunate and most in need.”
“The entire nation joins our Muslim sisters and brothers as we commemorate the revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Mohammad,” he said.
According to Duterte the period of fasting reminds every one of the value of sacrifice, obedience and charity.

The President also said, “As we mark this holy occasion, I ask everyone to promote solidarity among all Filipinos by manifesting faith through action and by fostering hope, peace and unity as we face the most challenging of times.”

Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is prescribed to healthy adult Muslims. A fasting Muslim abstains from eating, drinking and engaging in sexual acts from dawn until sunset.
Muslims in the Philippines started fasting on Tuesday, April 13, as declared by the Bangsamoro Darul Ifta following the result of moonsighting on April 11 wherein the Ramadan crescent was not sighted.