Bishop reaches out to Muslims on Eid’l Fitr

Bishop reaches out to Muslims on Eid’l Fitr

Archbishop Martin Jumoad of Ozamiz. COURTESY OF BRENDA MILAN

By CBCP News

May 24, 2020

Manila, Philippines

A Mindanao-based Catholic bishop greeted Filipino Muslims as they celebrate Eid’l Fitr on Sunday, stressing the need for solidarity with the poor during the coronavirus crisis.

Archbishop Martin Jumoad of Ozamiz said the situation calls for kindness and generosity to others, especially those who are suffering.

“One that we should do, not only Muslims but Christians as well, is to be generous to those in need particularly on this pandemic,” said Jumoad, who is also a Permanent Council member of the bishop’ conference .

The prelate also urged Christians and Muslims to work together to promote mutual respect.

“Congratulations to our Muslim brothers and sisters as you celebrate Eid Al Fitr,” he said. “You persevered the fasting and that I salute you.”

“May this celebration serve as a way for us to respect one another,” Jumoad said.

Eid’l Fitr celebrates the end Ramadan, the holy month when Muslims go fasting in the daylight hours and devote greater time to their faith.

This year’s celebration comes as the world wrestles the pandemic that has affected 13,777 people and killed 863 in the Philippines alone as of May 23.

Muslims in the Philippines make up about 5 percent of the total population, but a much larger proportion in Mindanao region— around 20 percent today.