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By EDD K. USMAN
(SDN) — THE National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) has called for prayers for Lebanon and its suffering people.
Lawyer Saidamen B. Pangarungan, NCMF secretary, issued the call even as he urged his compatriots to be in solidarity with Lebanese people.
“The NCMF and Secretary Saidamen B. Pangarungan call on the entire Muslim Filipino ummah (community) to pray for Lebanon and its people, who are composed of 64 percent Muslims and 35 percent Christians,” he asks.
“We ask Allah SWT for mercy, and we pray for those who had perished and were injured during this unfortunate event.”
Pangarungan made the call in the wake of the massive explosion on August 4 early morning that devastated the Lebanese capital Beirut, which is nestled on the banks of Mediterranean Sea.
Lebanese leaders attributed the blast, which some have likened to the American atomic bomb that flattened Hiroshima, Japan, at the end of World War II, to a horde of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate. President Hassan Diab said the explosive material was stored at the port warehouse for years without safety measures, a danger to citizens’ life.
On CNN, it was reported today, August 6, the blast “left at least 135 dead and 5,000 injured.”
Wikipedia online dictionary says “Beirut is the largest city of Lebanon.”
The number of the Mediterranean city’s population is estimated “from slightly more than 1 million to 2.2 million as part of Greater Beirut.” Figures are from 2007 because there’s no recent survey of Beirut’s population. (SDN)