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Marcos hopes Ramadan 'strengthens kinship, opens heart to forgive grievances'

President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Sunday said the holy Islamic month of Ramadan should "strengthen kinship and open hearts to forgive grievances" 

In his message, the president said, "It is my hope that this month-long celebration will strengthen our kinship, open our hearts to forgive past grievances, and embrace a spirit of harmony that will redound to our collective progress. Together, let us build a future where love and understanding prevail and where the light of hope shines brightly for all."

Marcos expressed his " solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters in the country and all over the world on the occasion of Ramadan."

"Today marks the beginning of the sacred journey of Ramadan, a time of reflection and spiritual growth where the virtues of compassion, empathy, and generosity are upheld and practiced fervently," Marcos said.

According to the president, Ramadan holds "special significance as it reminds us of the rich diversity of our cultural and religious tapestry in the Philippines."

"It is with no doubt that our Muslim brothers and sisters have made invaluable contributions to our nation's history and heritage, shaping our beloved motherland into the diverse and united country that it is today." Marcos acknowledged.

"During this holiest of months, Muslims around the world observe fasting from dawn till dusk, abstaining from worldly pleasures as a means of purifying their souls and deepening their connection with Allah. Truly, this demonstration of faith speaks volumes of their deep introspection and shared devotion, allowing them to create a stronger bond in their communities through their beliefs," he added.

"I wish everyone a meaningful and solemn celebration," Marcos concluded his message.—RF, GMA Integrated News