07 Jun Cagayan de Oro Muslim Association Promotes Forgiveness and Reconciliation During Ramadan
On Monday, June 6, the month of Ramadan has officially started. The Cagayan de Oro Muslim Association urged the Muslims in the city to seek for forgiveness and reconciliation for the whole month and hoped to be continued even after the Ramadan.
Ramadan is recognized as the holiest month in Islam, where they will be fasting from dawn to sunset. It is also the period where the renewal of faith usually unfolds, according to the information officer of the association, Casser Amerol.
Amerol said, “Sa mga taong nagkamali, manumbalik na po tayo kay God. Allah is forgiving. Allah is welcoming us, we’ll ask for forgiveness. Pray and ask God to guide us and allow us to rectify our mistakes. The result is peace and tranquility in every community and in our country as a whole.”
During the Ramadan, the followers of Islam will be fasting not just in food, but also in drinking, and even sex.
Amerol emphasized that the message of reconciliation is focused on political misunderstandings and clan wars. He is also extending his message to non-Muslims that the peace between them will continue since Islam is a religion of peace.
Praising the city government of Cagayan de Oro City, he said, “We also salute the leadership of the city for its efforts in peace-building.”
Speaking of Ramadan, said Omar Binaoro, an ordinary Islam follower, “Ang atong ginabuhat sa kalibutan preparation sa life thereafter, para makaadto sa Paradise, para makab-ot nato ang salvation gikan kang Allah.”
There are five pillars of the Islamic Faith, these are the declaration of faith, obligatory prayer, compulsory giving, fasting in the month of Ramadan, and pilgrimage to Mecca.