As Muslims throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Eid-al-Fitr, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to them and their families. This last month has been a time of fasting, reflection, spiritual renewal, and service to the less fortunate. While Eid marks the completion of Ramadan, it also celebrates the common values that unite us in our humanity and reinforces the obligations that people of all faiths have to each other, especially those impacted by poverty, conflict, and disease.
In the United States, Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy. That is why we stand with people of all faiths, here at home and around the world, to protect and advance their rights to prosper, and we welcome their commitment to giving back to their communities.
On behalf of the Administration, we wish Muslims in the United States and around the world a blessed and joyous celebration. Eid Mubarak.
US Embassy officials visited Marawi and Iligan City on July 17 to celebrate the month of Ramadan with the Muslim community on July 17. Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer Jennifer Foltz and Political Officer Nathan Young participated in a tree-planting activity in Brgy. Raya Madaya in the morning alongside students from Mindanao State University- Marawi, members of the local government and US International Exchange Alumni from Marawi and Iligan. This was followed by a community outreach event in Baryo Salam which included the awards ceremony for the winners of the Essay Competition on “The Role of Youth in Interfaith Dialogue” and a gift-giving activity for 100 families in the community. An Iftar Reception was held that night in Mindanao State University- Iligan Institute of Technology was attended by members of the Muslim Community in Marawi and Iligan City.
Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer Jennifer Foltz and Political Officer Nate Young led the Tree planting activity in Brgy. Raya Madaya 1 in Marawi City.
Packs of food items were given to 100 families in the community of Baryo Salam in Marawi to celebrate the spirit of giving during Ramadan.
One of the five winners of the Essay Competition on the “Role of the Youth in Interfaith Dialogue” receiving her prizes.
MSU-IIT Chancellor Sukarno Tanggol delivered the welcome remarks at the Iftar Reception.
U.S. Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg visited the Blue Mosque in Taguig on July 21 to celebrate the month of Ramadan with the Muslim community in Manila. The day started with a ceremonial “Philippine-American Friendship Tree” planting activity.
The Ambassador helped to plant the tree alongside the administration of the Blue Mosque, Taha Basman Foundation and representatives from the National Commission for Muslim Filipinos (NCMF).
This was followed by a short program which included the reading of the winning essay from a competition held before the event entitled “The Role of Youth in Interfaith Dialogue.” Taguig National High School student Peter June Salvador took home the First Prize.
The morning activity concluded with a gift giving event to the members of the community. The outreach event is part of Zakāt, or the charitable giving by Muslims to ease economic hardship for other Muslims, which is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The beneficiaries included Muslim and Christian community members from in and around Maharlika Village, Taguig City.
Ambassador Goldberg returned to the Mosque in the evening to join the breaking of the fast and Iftar. Before the reception, he delivered a speech of goodwill to Filipino Muslims and reiterated the U.S. Government’s commitment to promoting peace and stability in Mindanao.
U.S. Embassy Manila’s Public Affairs Section supported the journalism training of 200 students from ten high schools in Zamboanga del Norte held at the Andres Bonifacio College in Dipolog City on July 5-6, 2014. The training was the first in a series that will be held in various locations in the province until August 2014. U.S. Embassy in Manila, in partnership with the Zamboanga del Norte Press Club has been supporting the annual training since 2008.