The Crescent Revelation: “Eid al-Fitr” (Breaking of the festival of the fast)
Eid al-Fitr, the breaking of the festival of the fast among the Muslim communities around the world, is observed on the 14th- 16th of June, this year.
For the Muslim community in the Philippines, today ends their fasting for this month of Ramadan. One of the growing population of Muslims is found here in Baguio City.
With the Maranaos which formed most Muslim families in this area, the Mosque built at Campo Filipino establishes their presence to be visible in the Baguio population.
The crescent moon found on the peak of a Mosque reveals a core truth in the Islam faith. The Ramadan, for the Muslims, is the month where the first verses of the Quran, their holy book, were given to the prophet Muhammad. Thus where all their faith and Muslim practices begin. The day the new crescent moon would be visible to the naked eye on the month of Ramadan, signals the beginning of the fasting in their community.
Eid al-Fitr is the breaking of the fasting for Ramadan. As this season ends, living continues for the Maranao Muslims here in Baguio City and nearby provinces with their presence visible to the activities in the cities’ business districts.
Displaced from their first home in Mindanao, most of them still hopes that they could come back to their fields, continue raising their living and sustaining their families from their own land.