Philippine Army, LGU turn over Masjid to Bangsamoro community

Photo courtesy of 53rd Infantry "Matapat" Battalion

In honor of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, the Municipal Government of Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur, the Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB), and the 547th Engineer ‘Agila’ Battalion (547EBn) handed over a Masjid to the Bangsamoro Community of Barangay Mama of the same municipality in a simple but fitting Masjid Ribbon Cutting and Inauguration Ceremony yesterday, July 19, 2021.

A Masjid, commonly known as a Mosque, is an Islamic house of worship.

Junaflor “Sweet” Cerilles, the mayor of Dumalinao, expressed her gratitude to the Army for the project in her message.

“I am happy that this Barangay’s need for Masjid is addressed. Truly, if there is teamwork, there will be progress and development,” said Hon. Cerilles.

Meanwhile, the turnover ceremony was timed to coincide with the Bangsamoro brothers and sisters’ Eid al-Adha celebrations, according to 53IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera.

“The 53IB and the Army are one with our Bangsamoro brothers and sisters in commemorating the Eid al-Adha. Surely, this Masjid will be of significant use to them during this significant occasion,” said Lt. Col. Herrera.

The building and handover of the Masjid would eternally etch an imprint in the hearts of the Muslim Community of Barangay Mama, according to Mama Barangay Chairman Casim Tinggalong and Bangsamoro Elder Uztadz Ebrahim Balindong in their greetings.

“We thank the Government and the Army for finally noticing us because for a very long time, the Bangsamoro Community was just ignored,” said Hon. Tinggalong.
“This Masjid will never be forgotten even after many generations has passed,” Uztadz Balindong added.

Brig. Gen. Anthony Cacayuran, commander of the 54th Engineer Brigade, underlined the importance of spirituality and education among children and youth.

“We expect that the children here will be role models of future generations. We encourage the parents to help and mold their children so that a conducive peace and development can be achieved,” said Brig. Gen. Cacayuran.

By virtue of Proclamation 1189, President Rodrigo Duterte has declared July 20, 2021 as a national holiday in observance of Eid al-Adha, or the Muslims’ Feast of Sacrifice, which reads, “The National Commission on Bangsamoro Filipinos has recommended that 20 July 2021 be declared a national holiday, in observance of Eid’l Adha.”

In the Hijiri calendar, Eid al-Adha is one of the two most important holidays. It honors the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son at Allah’s direction.

This effort is part of the 53IB’s goal of becoming a world-class Army that is a source of national pride by 2028, as outlined in the Army Transformation Roadmap (ATR).

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