BALO-I, Lanao del Norte, Philippines - The Sulog family normally celebrates the end of Ramadan through hosting a communal prayer and large gathering but with the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, the family had to close the door of its mosque to Muslim neighbors.
This is because H. Salahuddin "Abner" Lope Sulog has to ensure the safety of his family, especially his 16 grandchildren, from the threat posed by Covid-19.
Abner said closing the mosque for the public and doing away with several Eid Al Fitr traditions are necessary for everyone's safety.
"By following the health and safety protocols of the government, health authorities, religious leaders, and Islamic scholars, we are protecting not just the community but also our families," Abner further said.
The National Commission on Filipinos issued an advisory outlining guidelines for the celebration of Eid Al Fitr. It enjoins Filipino Muslims to do their Eid prayer and feast in their respective homes to prevent mass gatherings and avoid the spread of the coronavirus.
However, the new norm in battling Covid-19 did not hinder the Sulog family to pray for good health and unity.
"Today, we prayed for Covid-19 to immediately disappear from this world. We also prayed for unity and understanding among Muslim and non-Muslim Filipinos," Abner added. (APB/PIA-ICIC)