For Eid al-Adha, Filipino leader urges Muslim devotion

"Ibrahim's admirable act of obedience to the will of Allah is a reminder to us all of the value of sacrifice necessary in our lives", Duterte said.

He also called on Muslims to become catalysts of unity and harmony and to unite against threats of discord and violence and ultimately attain peace in the country as they celebrate Eid al-Adha on September 1.

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"This celebration is an opportunity for our Muslim countrymen to renew their faith and reaffirm devotion to the virtues of Muslim", he added.

On Tuesday, Duterte signed Proclamation 297 declaring September 1, 2017, which falls on a Friday, as a regular holiday nationwide in observance of Eid'l Adha.

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Also known as the Greater Eid, the day comes at the end of Hajj, the annual religious pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The festival begins with the sighting of the new crescent moon on the 10th day of one of the holiest months of the Islam calendar.

They holy meat is partitioned into three equal parts as one for household objective, other for relatives and friends and last for poor and weak.

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People send Eid cards to each other at this time, Muslim people will also dress in their best clothes and attend a prayer service at their Mosque. Muslims sacrifice a goat on this day to honor this day and divide it among family, friends and the poor in commemoration to this. Many countries celebrate this festival in a different way. Many Muslims feel that they have a duty to ensure that all Muslims can enjoy a meat based meal during this holiday.

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