MANILA, Oct. 6, 2014—The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s Episcopal Commission on Culture (ECC) sends its goodwill message to all Filipino Muslims in their celebration of the Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) today, Oct. 6, inviting them to be partners in fostering “obedience, respect, and the love for God”.
“We sincerely greet you in your celebration of Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice which also marks the end of your annual Hajj to Mecca,” shared Sr. Mary Anthony Basa, executive secretary of CBCP-ECC.
In her interview over Church-run Radyo Veritas, the religious sister explained that while Christians and Muslims differ in how they express their respective faith traditions, both religions have sacred feasts which give importance to and emphasize “obedience, respect, and the love for God”.
“Though we express in a different and unique way our faith and religion, may we be one in upholding the dignity of the life and the human person,” said Basa.
She hopes that the two religions, which both recognize Abraham as patriarch, will work together in upholding and promoting the sanctity of the life of each human being.
Basa encouraged all Christians and Muslims to strive towards making the world a better place to live in.
“Let us also work together for peace, harmony, and for the common good of humanity, and all of creation,” she added.
Eid al-Adha, or the “Feast of the Sacrifice”, is the second of two annual religious holidays Muslims celebrate; the first being Eid al-Fitr (Feast of Breaking the Fast).
The event commemorates the willingness of Abraham—whom Muslims refer to as Ibrahim—to sacrifice his son, Ishmael (Ismail), as an act of submission to Allah.
According to the United States Department of State International Religious Freedom Report, some 5 to 11% of the total Philippine population in 2010 identify as Muslims, mostly Sunni. (Raymond A. Sebastián)