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City to host grand ‘Pagbukah’ June 15

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Mayor Beng Climaco is inviting the fasting Muslims in Zamboanga City to join her and the City Interfaith Council in the grand “Pagbukah” or “Iftar” (breaking of fast) tomorrow, June 15, on R.T. Lim Boulevard.

The “Pagbukah” is the city government’s annual commitment of unity and harmony with the Muslim residents of Zamboanga during the holy month of Ramadan, when abled Muslims around the world are called to fast in accordance with Islam faith.

Every year, the city government through the Interfaith Council sponsors the “Pagbukah” especially for fasting Muslims in the city.

Hosting of “Iftar” has also been Climaco’s tradition even during her terms in congress.

Iftar is one of the religious observances of Ramadan and is often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast together. Iftar is taken right after Maghrib time, which is around sunset.

Traditionally but not mandatory, three dates are eaten to break the fast in emulation of the Islamic ProphetMuhammad, who broke his fast in this manner. Many Muslims believe that feeding someone iftar as a form of charity is very rewarding and that such was practiced by the Prophet Muhammad.-(Vic Larato)




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