FROM THE REGIONS | Muslims celebrate Eid'l Fitr

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Filipino muslims gather outside the biggest mosque in Santa Barbara, Zamboanga City.

Mindanao (CNN Philippines) — Muslims around the world celebrate Eid'l Fitr, which signals the end of Ramadan. Here in the Philippines, our Muslim brothers and sisters mark the end of the holy month of fasting with prayers and thanksgiving feasts.

In Zamboanga City, sighters usually wait along the coastline of RT Lim Boulevard to catch a glimpse of a sliver of the moon during the 30th day from the start of the Ramadan period.

Other sighters are deployed in other places. But there was no actual sighting of the 'new moon'.

At 8 p.m. on Thursday, the Darul Ifta or the Supreme Council for Islamic Preaching and Guidance and the Ulama Council says, the Hariraya Eid'l Fitr celebrations are happening on schedule.

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The Darul Ifta made the declaration based on information received from its counterparts in Indonesia about the sighting of the moon in their locality.

There was rejoicing at the announcement.

And today, it is all about prayers and thanksgiving for every Muslim in the country and elsewhere in the world.

Congregational prayers

Meanwhile, Islam believers in Cotabato City and Maguindanao are also rejoicing at the culmination of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

After Thursday night's declaration of the official start of the end of fast over a local radio station, many took to the streets for the Mobile Takbir — a motorcade.

Despite an appeal by the City LGU, PNP, and the Darul Ifta, there were some who fired their guns to celebrate.

On Friday, thousands of Muslims will attend congregational prayers at different venues.

The Committee on Da'wa and Masjid Affairs in Cotabato City and Maguindanao said about 20 major areas in Cotabato City alone will serve as venue for this religious obligation.

The prayer areas include the ground of Peoples Palace at City Hall, Office of the Regional Governor Compound, Pilot Central Elementary School, Cotabato City State Polytechnic College ground, and Sultan Bolkiah Grand Mosque.

Meanwhile, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front is not holding its congregational prayer in Camp Abubakar — formerly the revolutionary group's largest camp.

The 6th Infantry Division did not give MILF clearance to use the camp for security reasons.

MILF leaders and members will instead converge in Camp Darapanan.

Better followers of Allah

For the Muslim faithful, it doesn't matter where they say their prayers and offer thanksgiving on Eid'l -Fitr. It's about how the end of fast transformed them to be better followers of Allah.

Eid is a time of coming together for the entire Muslim community.

They share each other's joy and blessings. But this day is also about sharing the burden of those who may be suffering.

Usual traditions during Eid include gift-giving, food-sharing, visiting of the elderly and the sick, and alms giving.

Eid'l Fitr's message rings clearer than today's merrymaking. For Muslims, by looking after their community, they are also looking after humanity.

CNN Philippines stringer Liza Jocson reported in Zamboanga City, Erwin Cabilbigan was in Cotabato, Cheng Ordonez in Cagayan de Oro.