MILG under Minister Sinarimbo Distributes Eid Gifts, Relief Aid to Cotabato Fire Victims

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(SDN) — -Eid Mubarak!

In the spirit of Islam’s second biggest festival called Eid’l Adha, the Ministry of Interior and Local Government (MILG) provided assistance to several mosques (Islamic house of worship) in Cotabato City, Maguindanao.

Lawyer/Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo, head of MILG of the Bangsamoro government, initiated Eid gift-giving to the “jamaah” (worshippers) of several mosques in Cotabato City.

Eid'l Adha gifts.
Eid’l Adha gifts from MILG. (All photographs credit to Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo)

Muslims across the world, an estimated more than 1.6-billion strong community, celebrated Eid’l Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, on Tuesday, July 20. The celebration started off with an early morning mass prayer in mosques and in open fields.

The festival commemorates the Patriarch Abraham’s (Prophet Ibrahim in Islam) willingness on God’s command to sacrifice his first born Ismael. Islamic tradition says God replaced Ismael with a sheep as Ibrahim was about to slaughter him.

Eid'l Adha gifts.
Recipients of Eid’l Adha gifts from MILG.

Exchange of gifts and gift-giving is one of the aspects of the Eid celebration.

“(We did) gift-giving on this day of the Feast of Sacrifice, Eidul Adha, among the most needy members of the jama’ah in the different mosques in Cotabato City,” Sinarimbo said.

President Rodrigo R. Duterte proclaimed Tuesday a regular holiday for the Eid observance nationwide on the recommendation of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF).

In Muslim countries the Eid is celebrated from three days to a week.

Fire guts portion of Mega Market in Cotabato City.
Portion of Mega Market razed by fire.

Still in the spirit of giving, the MILG provided assistance to the fire victims in Cotabato City after a fire gutted a wide portion of the city’s Mega Market on July 20.

We provided assistance today to the group of vendors who were victims of the fire that gutted a wide portion of the Mega Market in Barangay (Village) Mother Poblacion, Cotabato City, last July 19.

Fire guts portion of Mega Market in Cotabato City.
Fire victims receive assistance from MILG.

The MILG, one of the most active line agencies of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) immediately organized assistance for the fire victims.

“Our heart goes out to these victims who would need to rebuild from the scratch their livelihood during this difficult times of a pandemic,” said Sinarimbo. (✓)

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