HOUSE Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez and Tingog party-list Rep. Yedda Marie K. Romualdez on Sunday expressed solidarity with Filipino Muslims in the celebration of Eid’l Fitr or the end of Ramadan, Muslims’ holiest month.
The Romualdez couple greeted Muslims who just underwent sacrifices through fasting and with much closer communication to Allah during Ramadan.
“Our greetings of solidarity, hope, joy, love, and felicitation in marking the end of Ramadan. We are praying that peace will continue to embrace our country, including other conflict-hit areas. Eid Mubarak,” said the Romualdez couple as they enjoined all Filipinos, regardless of religious and spiritual beliefs, in expressing prayers and messages of solidarity for the Muslim people.
“We wish our Muslim brothers and sisters, especially Filipinos a joyous and meaningful celebration,” they said. “Let’s stand together and provide hope and courage to weather various problems, including the coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic,” according to the Romualdez couple.
President Rodrigo Duterte has declared this Monday a regular holiday because of the Feast of Ramadan.
Deputy Speaker and Basilan Rep. Mujiv Hataman expressed gratitude to the Romualdez couple for the good words and valuing their tradition during Ramadan.
“Thank you very much to our House Majority Leader Romualdez and his wife, Ma’am Yedda. This year's Ramadan has tested our faith as a people. Because of the global health crisis, some of us observed this holy month away from the comfort of our families, while quarantine policies required us to avoid congregational prayers,” said Hataman.
“Although the pandemic has thrown most of us into isolation, it did not stop us from fulfilling our spiritual needs. It has provided us an opportunity to spend Ramadan looking inward, and reflecting more during the holiest month. For those who were with their families during the lockdown, the crisis has served as a time to reconnect more strongly or tighten their bonds with their family members as they fulfill the obligations of self-restraint, mercy and forgiveness during Ramadan,” Hataman stressed.
“As we mark the end of our month-long fast, may Allah's blessing be with you always! Eid Mubarak to you all!,” said Hataman.
The Romualdez couple also called on the international leaders to work for genuine world peace and a permanent halt on the increasing trend of discrimination, vilification, harassment, and deprivation against more than one billion Muslims.
“We have to give credit for their sacrifice as a show of dedication to Islam,” said the Romualdezes as they joined the call of Muslim leaders for a stop on rampant stereotyping on them.
They vowed to continue on their commitment to support efforts to uplift equality among Muslims by helping educate people that Muslims are God-fearing like Christians with unwavering and unquestionable dedication to value and protect human lives.
Martin Romualdez is chairman of the powerful House committee on rules while Yedda Romualdez is the chairperson of the House committee on the welfare of children.