Presidential Decree 1083 recognizes Amon Jadid (New Year) as among the Official Muslim Holidays in the Philippines. This year, the first day of the first Lunar Month of Muharram falls on December 7, 2010. Thus, in the observance of the new Hijrah year, December 7, 2010 is a holiday in Muslim Mindanao. This is an occasion for a new-found strength and unity among all the worlds Muslims, especially the Filipino Muslim communities. Hopefully, the spirit of reconciliation will grow and prevail among all Filipinos, regardless of religion and creed. Happy Islamic New Year.