As the holy month of Ramadan has just begun, and as our culture goes, Lebanese people in their various denominations have started expressing their wishes of a blessed and generous month of Ramadan.
During this month, it is the greetings of Ramadan Mubarak and Ramadan Kareem that are most commonly heard across the nation. However, the greetings were more elaborated on social media, with the most remarkable ones expressed in the tweets of the Lebanese officials and politicians.
It is on such occasions that the unity between our diverse religions and the respect towards each other's practices of different ideologies are most relevant. That is as reflected, once again, in the greetings of the Lebanese officials and politicians to the nation, regardless of their religious affiliations.
In a meaningful poetized greeting, MP Paula Yacoubian expressed her best wishes to her Tweeter's followers, "Ramadan Kareem on every open mind and heart, that unites and doesn't differentiate, loves and doesn't hate, prays and doesn't blaspheme, thinks and doesn't repeat."
As for the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, he never missed an occasion to share his known positivity and express his patriotism. His Ramadan tweet this year was as relevant:
"With the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadan, I extend my best wishes to the Lebanese in general and the Muslims in particular. May God renew peace and blessings upon Lebanon ."
From his side, former Minister Sleiman Frangieh, leader of the Christian Marada Movement, described Ramadan in his tweet as the month of giving and zakat. For those who don't know, Zakat is Islam's alms-giving obligation to the poor and deemed an important practice next after prayer.
شهر العطاء والزكاة أعاده على الجميع بشكل عام والمسلمين بشكل خاص وعلى الوطن بالخير والسلام #رمضان_كريم— Sleiman Frangieh (@sleimanfrangieh) May 5, 2019
In his tweet, Frangieh expressed his wishes to all, saying: "The month of giving and Zakat, may it be renewed with goodness and peace on everyone, particularly the Muslims, and on the homeland. Ramadan Kareem."
The greeting tweet of the Minister of State for Economic Empowerment of Women and Youth, Violette Khairallah Safadi, was as remarkable.
أهنئ اللبنانيين بحلول شهر رمضان المبارك، متمنية ان يلهمنا الله كي نستطيع معا مواجهة التحديات وارساء الطمأنينة.— VioletteKSafadi (@violetteksafadi) May 6, 2019
أعاده الله على الجميع بالخير واليمن والبركة، كل عام وانتم بخير.#RamadanMubarak pic.twitter.com/8IksNYo9lq
"I congratulate the Lebanese for the Advent of the holy month of Ramadan, wishing that God inspire us so that we can face together the challenges and establish peace of mind." With that, Minister Safadi continued with wishes of blessed returns of goodness, wishing all Ramadan Mubarak.
From her side, May Chidiac, Minister of State For Administrative Development, had a remarkable greeting to tweet to the nation as well.
مع بدء شهر رمضان المبارك أتقدّم الى العرب واللبنانيين عموما والمسلمين خصوصاً بأطيب التمنيات، راجية الله أن يعمّ الأمن والازدهار والعدالة ومعاني المحبة والتسامح في ربوع اوطاننا ليطمئن الجميع إلى مستقبلهم.#مي_شدياق pic.twitter.com/GkaLcznlXf— May Chidiac مي شدياق (@may_chidiac) May 6, 2019
"With the start of the holy month of Ramadan, I extend my best wishes to the Arabs and the Lebanese in general, and to the Muslims in particular, praying God to propagate security, prosperity, justice, and the meanings of love and tolerance in our countries so that everybody be reassured of their future."
This year, the holy month of Ramadan has begun Sunday night, May 5th. Muslims across the nation have started the fasting rituals as of May 6th. Ramadan fasting will extend for a full month and will conclude with the traditional celebration of Eid in Lebanon.
The961 takes this opportunity to wish all our fellow Lebanese Muslims a Ramadan Kareem, and a blessed month of peace and love-sharing.
Stay tuned for more Ramadan reports from us with most recent photos depicting the amazing vibes of this season in Lebanon.