Filipino Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha amid war

  • Muslims from war-torn Marawi City gathered early Friday to celebrate Eid al-Adha or the feast of holy sacrifice.
  • Residents of Marawi held the gathering at the grandstand of the Mindanao State University where they prayed for peace and made the traditional offering of animals according to a report from GMA News.
  • The celebration continued amid the bombing and firefights in nearby areas of the city where the military continues its “final push” in the liberation of the city from the pro-Daesh militants.
  • The observance of the feast this year is said to differ from past several years as the battle continues on its fourth month.
  • Meanwhile, thousands of Muslim devotees also gathered at Rizal Park, the country’s premier park in the capital Manila for the Eid al-Adha event which includes morning prayers, distribution of food and gifts and an imam’s sermon.
  • The Philippines has more than 10.7 million Muslims, mostly living in the island of Mindanao which has been under martial law since May 23.

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