By Lou Ellen Antonio

MARAWI CITY, June 3, 2018 (PIA TFBM ICCC) –Love and unity were highlighted during the celebration of Eid al-Fitr (a Muslim festival that marks the end of the Islamic Holy Month of Ramadhan), in the different mosques in Marawi City as well as in transitory shelter sites.

The displacement of the affected residents of Marawi did not hinder them in celebrating Eid al-Fitr as they flocked in the two mosques built in Biyaya ng Pagbabago Transitory Shelter Site, Barangay Sagonsongan, Marawi City.

Residents of Area 6, Biyaya ng Pagbabago Transitory Shelter Site, Barangay Sagonsongan, Marawi City, flock in a mosque to celebrate the Salat al-Eid, a special prayer that marks the start of Eid al-Fitr. ( Photo: James Umaran/PIA ICCC)

Alyson Pacasum, who led the Salat al-Eid (a special prayer that marks the start of Eid al-Fitr ) in Area 6 of Biyaya ng Pagbabago Transitory Shelter Site, explained how the people should be united and love one another; Muslims and Christians.

Pacasum also reminded the people they should live in harmony with one another as they are from different barangays in most affected area (MAA) who are now sheltered in one transitory site.

“Ipagpatuloy ang natutunan natin sa buwan ng Ramadhan. Hindi porke naghirap tayo sa pag-ayuno sa Ramadhan pagkatapos ay kalimutan na natin. Ang aim ng Ramadhan kung paano ituloy, paggawa ng kabutihan, sa pagsamba kay Allah at higit sa lahat sa pagtulong sa ating kapwa.  Kung gusto nating bumangon, ipagpatuloy nating gawin ang mga mabuti,” he said.

[We should continue what we have learned during the month of Ramadhan. If we had experienced difficulty in fasting, it does not mean that when Ramadhan ends, we will forget the reason why we did it. The aim of Ramadhan is to continue, to do good things, to praise Allah and to help one another. If we want to recover, we should continue doing good things.]

Junader Radia, a resident in Area 6, Biyaya ng Pagbabago Transitory Shelter Site, Barangay Sagonsongan, Marawi City, urges his fellow residents for their cooperation and collaboration for the recovery of Marawi City. (Photo: James Umaran/PIA ICCC)

Junader Radia, who also stays in Area 6, is grateful to the government and the private organizations that continue in helping them and in providing them with services.

Radia also urged his fellow residents for their cooperation and collaboration for the recovery of Marawi City. “Sa mga kasamahan, mga kapatid namin, magsama-sama tayo. Gawin natin ang lahat ng makakaya nating bawat Pilipino, magkaisa po tayo. Magtulung-tulungan po tayo sa pag unlad ng ating new Marawi para sa kinabukasan ng ating mga  kabataan,” he said.

[To our fellow residents of Marawi, let us all be united. Let us do everything what we could, each of us Filipinos, let us all unite. Let us help one another for the recovery of the new Marawi for the future of our youth.]

Johari Pacasum, an internally displaced person (IDP) leader at Area 6, also called for the unity of his fellow residents. He explained that Ramadhan made the people feel a common sacrifice.

“Ang Ramadhan na ito ay sacrifice para maradaman kung ano ang nararamdaman ng karamihan sa amin. Lalo na iyong mahihirap, yung pinakamayayaman sa amin, naramdaman niya yung nararamdnan ng mahihirap,” he said.

[Ramadhan is a sacrifice that allows one to feel what everyone feels. The rich people are able to feel what the poor feels.]

Pacasum also explained the salient lessons of Ramadhan are love and unity.

“Tayo ay magkaisa. Iyong binigay na aral ng Ramadhan, dapat isa-puso natin, lalo na iyong pagkakaisa. Nakita natin kung paano hindi tayo kumain, tayo ay iisa. Kung ano oras tayo kakain…iyon din ang pinaparamdam sa atin ng Panginoon nating Allah na tayo ay magkaisa dahil tayo ay iisa. Iyong nangyari sa atin, sama-sama tayong babangon. Sama-sama nating aakayin ang mga kapwa Muslim,” said Pacasum.

[Let us all be united. We should accept wholeheartedly the lessons from Ramadhan, especially unity. We have seen how we fast, in that we are one; when we break our fast, in that we are one. This is what Allah made us feel, that we should unite because we are one. We should all be together as we recover; we should all be together in guiding our fellow Muslims.] (LEAntonio/PIA-ICCC)