Patriarch Sabbah: "Praying and celebrating, is standing before God''

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Emeritus Patriarch Michel Sabbah

Patriarch Sabbah: "Praying and celebrating, is standing before God''

By Patriarch Michel Sabbah

Today is Eid al-Fitr. It is a day of feast that concludes the holy month of Ramadan after a period of prayer, fasting, repentance and return to God. I wish all the Muslims in the world, in Jordan and in Palestine a “life in abundance”. To the Palestinian people, I wish life fully independent and free in their state and its capital Jerusalem, on the basis of equality for all, just as every human being and all peoples in the world.

A feast is a time of standing before the Almighty God, with more love for all God's creation. Under the difficult situation we are going through, the feast is a quest for survival despite death that the powerful of the world want for us. Their life and plans require our death. Our life, on the contrary, does not require the death of anyone. We just want to stay in our homes, in our holy city of Jerusalem, free and independent, in our land.

This survival demands from us to be united to celebrate and to walk together with one same effort towards freedom. The period we are going through is not a time of mutual critics or accusations; it calls on everyone to rally for the same effort. We must have united hearts and united hands in order to survive. In the face of death, all disagreements stop and the hearts unite in order to find together how we will all live despite threatening death.

Praying and celebrating, is standing before God and in front of oneself, to see each one how to purify oneself and become one heart, one hand and one endeavor.

Happy Eid Al-Fitr

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 12:00
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