A message from His Excellency President of the Philippines BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
My warmest greetings to the Muslim Filipino Community as you begin the observance of Ramadhan.
As one of the five pillars of Islam, this sacred month calls the faithful to seek to be closer to Allah and to ask for His mercy. It is a vital aspect in the life of every Muslim, as this occasion allows not only for contemplation and atonement, but also for you to be more mindful of the Prophet's teachings. May your prayer and fasting evoke a deeper and more profound connection with your heritage and faith; inspire discipline, restraint, and generosity of spirit; and help guide you towards becoming greater embodiments of harmony and social justice.
I wish you a solemn and meaningful Ramadhan; may this event foster greater understanding and cooperation among our varied faiths, and guide the Philippines towards lasting peace and progress.
[Sgd.] BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
M A N I L A
8 July 2013