[by Rashid RH. Bajo]
KORONADAL CITY, Philippines –– A female legislator here greeted Muslims on the first day of Ramadan (Tuesday, April 13), the Islamic holy month of fasting.
“I want to send my best wishes to my Muslim brothers and sisters in Koronadal City and the rest of South Cotabato province for their special time of prayer and of spiritual reflection,” former beauty queen–turned–public servant City Councilor Maylene Bascon–De Guzman told Diyaryo Milenyo in a messenger interview today.
The female councilor said this year’s Ramadan is challenging, citing the presence and the prevailing threat of the deadly COVID–19 disease that reportedly claimed the lives of many people.
But Bascon–De Guzman believed that Muslims could overcome those challenges.
Bascon–De Guzman thanked the Muslim frontliners for their service and sacrifices in the city government’s fight against COVID–19. “Thank you also for keeping us safe,” she said.
She hopes that the “glory, generosity, protection and blessings” of ALLAH be with all the Muslims while they are observing Ramadan.
Ramadan, known to be the holiest month of Islamic calendar, is the month in which the Holy Qu’ran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad [PBUH].
For four weeks, Muslims will fast during the day and pray during night focusing “their bodies and minds on spirituality rather than earthly needs.”
Their families, friends and relatives will be gathering in their houses, where they will share food during the break of the fasting every night. Muslims will also offer support to the needy. #DM