Evacuees pray to return to Marawi during Ramadan

Rod Bolivar, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 18 2018 12:05 AM

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Muslim devotees at the Oro Jama-ah Masjid mosque in Cagayan de Oro City feasted on fruit salad during the iftar or the evening meal that marks the end of their daily fast on the first day of Ramadan.

Masjid president Mohammad Gandarangin said they need to eat nutritious food to regain their body strength after almost 15 hours of fasting.

The fasting or sawm is an obligatory act during the month of Ramadan. Aside from food, Muslims must also refrain from violence, anger, envy, and lust.

“Fasting is a test of our discipline. Self-discipline is essential to uphold peace within our homes and families, and peace within our neighborhood and community. After all, Islam is all about peace,” said Gandarangin.

MARAWI IDPs

Meanwhile, internally displaced families staying at Barangay Indahag evacuation center prepared simpler meals for iftar.

They have to be contented with the food packs provided to them by the City Social Welfare and Development Office, which normally contain canned goods, rice and noodles.

Marich Agdipa used to prepare fresh fruits and fish during iftar when they were still in Marawi.

“This time I prepared vegetable soup for my family because this is what we can only afford,” said Agdipa.

Agdipa added food choices are the least of their concern nowadays.

“We are just thankful that our family is safer after the siege that destroyed our home in Marawi,” said Agdipa.

“For Ramadhan we will pray that we can finally return to Marawi and start anew with our lives,” she added.