According to Bongbong Marcos: Ramadan is time to pray for people in distress, seek peace and forgiveness | Inquirer News, as the holy month of Ramadan gets underway on Thursday, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. urged Muslims to seek forgiveness and peace while offering prayers for those who are in need.
In his Ramadan message, Marcos Jr. urged his listeners to cleanse their souls against the dangers of material pleasures and to seek forgiveness and serenity in light of the spiritual conviction that the doorway of Heaven is open during this holy month.
He went on to say that now is a good time to practice the virtues of discipline, reverence, and humility during this period of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving.
Let us remember people who are suffering from hunger, natural disasters, and difficult situations in our daily prayers, Marcos Jr. stated, in addition to praising God for answered prayers and pleading for continued mercies.
Regardless of faith, the Ramadan rituals and services serve as a reminder of our shared moral responsibility to treat one another with kindness, uphold human dignity, and show unity.
Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is among the holiest periods for Muslims.
Muslims around the world will follow a severe daily fast from sunrise to sunset for 30 days. The devout forego food, drink, and other necessities of life during this time. Ramadan is also a season for self-control, spiritual contemplation, and charitable deeds.
Ramadan will start on March 23 and end on April 20 of this year.