PH Embassy in Beirut releases office schedule during Ramadan

THE Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Beirut, London issued an announcement informing the public of their operation schedule during the holy month of Ramadan last May 26.

READ: Why Ramadan is called Ramadan: 6 questions answered

As of Monday, May 29, the embassy is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with no lunch break.

The embassy is open from Monday to Friday, except during Lebanese and Philippine holidays.

The embassy will resume regular office hours on the first working day after Eid’l Fitr on June 26.

Muslims around the world fast during the Holy Month of Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar/Hijrah calendar.

Every year, Muslims are reminded of their spiritual obligation to fast during this time. Fasting is one of the five Pillars (along with a belief in Allah, a pilgrimage to Mecca, charity, and prayer five times each day) of Islam.

Fasting during this month begins at dawn and ends at sunset. It is a requirement asked of all able-bodied adults, and the persons who are exempted to fast are women who are in their monthly period of menstruation; those who are sick; and those who are traveling to far places.