MANILA – Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Gilberto C. Teodoro Jr. on Wednesday thanked all Muslim members of the agency for their dedicated service in promoting peace all over the country as the Islamic faith observes Eid al-Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice.
"I would like to take this opportunity to convey my appreciation and gratitude to our Muslim brothers and sisters in the DND for your dedicated service and commitment to promote, preserve, and nurture peace throughout our archipelago," he said in a statement.
Teodoro also extended his greetings to all Filipinos of the Islamic faith observing the holiday in the Philippines and abroad.
"In the observance of this solemn day, we are reminded of Ibrahim's devotion and steadfastness amid the greatest of tribulations. This sacred occasion offers us a valuable opportunity to reflect, share our blessings, and foster camaraderie among all Filipinos," he said.
He said with selflessness and generosity being the core of Eid al-Adha, Filipinos would hopefully draw inspiration from Ibrahim's sacrifice to rejuvenate their faith, stand up for what is good, and look after one another.
The Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU) likewise sent its greetings to all Muslim faithful celebrating the holiday.
"On behalf of the men and women of the OPAPRU, I extend our heartfelt greetings to our Muslim brothers and sisters as you celebrate Eid al-Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice," OPAPRU Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said.
Eid al-Adha, he said, commemorates Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to give up the life of his son to show his obedience to Allah.
"This story reminds us of the values that lie at the core of our beliefs – faith, selflessness, and devotion," Galvez said.
He said Eid al-Adha is a “time for us to come together as a people and express our gratitude for the many blessings that have been bestowed upon us.”
"We must show our unity, kindness, and compassion, as we reach out and help those who are most in need," Galvez said.
He also reminded everyone of the importance of sacrifice to help uplift the lives of family, friends, and community.
"The teachings of Islam, as embodied in the Quran, urge us to think less of ourselves and put the needs of others before our own," he added.
‘Time of reflection, sacrifice’
The Philippine National Police (PNP) likewise extended its best wishes to Muslim devotees.
"On the occasion of Eid al-Adha, the PNP extends warm greetings and best wishes to our Muslim brothers and sisters in the country. May this blessed festival bring joy, peace, and harmony to your homes and communities," PNP Chief, Gen. Benjamin Acorda Jr., said in a statement.
Eid al-Adha's significance, Acorda said, could be seen in the "time of reflection, sacrifice, and unity."
"As you celebrate this auspicious occasion, we urge everyone to prioritize safety and abide by the guidelines set by the authorities. Let us foster an environment of understanding and respect, upholding the values of love, compassion, and generosity that Eid al-Adha represents," he said. (With a report from Christopher Lloyd C. Caliwan/PNA)