I wish I could have just wished everyone a Ramadan Kareem and moved on with other posts but given what’s been happening in the past week in Tripoli and before that in Abra, it looks like some people, aside from the terrorists and suicide bombers, are trying to ruin Ramadan for all the Lebanese.
As you all probably know by now, there’s a memo that was circulated in Abra first, and then in Tripoli asking restaurants and cafes not to serve breakfast during Ramadan. While Abra’s memo was supposedly revoked, few parties in Tripoli are keen on keeping the memo and don’t seem to realize the damage that they’ve done so far.
To be honest, I am sickened by most of the comments and reactions I’ve been hearing on this matter, and I believe these memos are as bad for Muslims as they are for non-Muslims. I’ve lived and worked with Muslims my whole life and I never had any problem with them in regards to fasting and eating during Ramadan. I was never asked not to eat by any of them, and it rarely occurred to me that I shouldn’t be eating because I know that’s not how fasting works either for Muslims or Christians. I was at a brunch yesterday and those who were fasting just sat on an empty table and didn’t feel offended one single bit. Moreover, I would always make an effort and fast the whole day when I am invited to an Iftar at some friend’s house as it’s an interesting and fun experience to have. Souhour is quite special as well but I’ve tried it once or twice only.
What I’m trying to say is that we don’t need someone telling us what to do and where or when to eat. We don’t live in an Islamic or Christian Republic and most Lebanese are respectful when it comes to fasting and religion. It’s really as simple as that and these memos will only give us a headache now and in the future.
i felt a ramadan kareem post was missing from this blog, yeah bro its really hard sometimes not to generalise when u see all these messed up ppl, not just only in Lebanon. Believing in each others’ gd intentions is the best way to go. These malignant forms shouldn’t be a reason to stop respecting/loving each other.
I agree that we (muslims) are fasting doesn’t mean everyone should fast as well. We live in a diverst country with all types of religions. I also agree that we should show the nice view about fasting and the way we are joined together at Iftar and sohour. I have a chirstian friend who once invited me for iftar and he decided to fast 1 whole day to feel how we feel during Iftar.
Utopian thinking! Those who are open-minded in such matters (whether Christians or Muslims) are dwindling in numbers. The world is changing. Social injustices are on the rise. All of this will cause a reaction in some fanatic way.
Leave religion out of government.
Pretty soon they will start to say that all women need to wear a hijab and no alcohol will be served in Tripoli and all over Lebanon. Lebanon, stand up for your basic Human tights – we are not Iran or Saudi Arabia
tights and rights ** : )
Exactly my point: