PRAYERS FOR PEACE MARK EID
singapore — Muslims in Middle and East Asia celebrated the Eid Al Fitr on Sunday with prayers for peace as they marked the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
In Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, residents said they hoped the spirit of Eid would overcome fears about rising militancy in the country with the largest number of Muslims.
A police officer was killed on Sunday in an attack by suspected militants in the city of Medan.
“I think we need to go back to the basis of Islam which is to give peace to all mankind,” Samsul Arifin told Reuters Television.
In the Philippines, fighting between government forces and rebels in the southern town of Marawi eased on Sunday as the military sought to enforce a temporary truce to mark the Eid holiday.
Small skirmishes took place early in the day in parts of Marawi, where fighters loyal to Daesh were clinging on for a fifth week.
Muslims attended prayers at a Marawi mosque in an emotional gathering. The fighting has displaced some 246,000 people, and killed more than 350 people, most of them rebels, and about 69 members of the security forces.
“This is the most painful, the most sorrowful occasion, Eid Al Fitr, that we have experienced for the last hundreds of years,” said Zia Alonto Adiong, a spokesman for the provincial crisis committee. —
I think we need to go back to the basis of Islam which is to give peace to all mankind. Samsul Arifin, a cop in Jakarta