Lebanese rising star Tania Kassis has a beautiful, almost angelic voice. But her hit song titled, “Islamo-Christian AVE,” out at Virgin Megastore, major music stores in Lebanon, and digitally around the world is striking for another reason: It’s the very soundtrack of Chrislam, a serious and egregious movement against a Holy God. Tania calls it “an inspired arrangement of an Ave Maria accompanied by the Adhan “Allah Akbar.”
The editor of BeruitNightlife.com says this:
You can not but admire this music, the singing, the holiness in the moments your ears listen to such a mixture of sounds. The song symbolizes the unity, the spirituality, and the solidarity of Lebanon. This is Lebanon, this is the Adhan and the bells of the church in harmony, to live in harmony, to build together a country in devotion and harmony.
Tania came up with the song she wrote in 2010 to recognize the designation of March 25 (Annunciation Day) as the National Islamo-Christian Holiday in Lebanon.
Here, Tania sings with Mhammad Shaar & Maen Zakaria.
So what exactly is the National Islamo-Christian Holiday? Here is the story from AsiaNewsIT:
Beirut (AsiaNews) – The official decision could be reached during the meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and Prime Minister Hariri of Lebanon, scheduled for tomorrow at the Vatican. It will have a more “national” than “religious” character and will be a symbol of unity among the citizens. The day of celebration marked by a common social, cultural and religious program.
The news has been widely reported in Lebanon, especially among Christians. Yet, one of its most vigorous promoters is a Muslim. Yesterday the Council of Ministers meeting chaired by Saad Hariri, has approved a decree that the feast of the Annunciation on March 25 is “a common Christian-Muslim national holiday,” unprecedented in the annals of dialogue between the two religions .
The new festival, which will have a “national” rather than “religious” stamp, will be celebrated alongside that of the Annunciation, not replacing it. It should help to make the figure of the Virgin Mary, revered in Islam almost as much as in Christianity, a symbol of unity among the Lebanese, and further the image of Lebanon as a “Country symbol” of pluralism and tolerance, in agreement with the words Pope John Paul II.
The feast will be a bank holiday and will also characterized by a common social, cultural and religious program that will highlight the cultural and religious aspects of Christians and Muslims. The final decision will be made Saturday, February 20, during the meeting that the Prime Minister of Lebanon has scheduled with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican. The premier could then make the announcement from the Vatican itself.
On 16 February a Muslim-Christian delegation including MM. Eddé Michel, a former minister and president of the Maronite foundation in the world, Ibrahim Chamseddine (Shia, son of Imam Mohammed Mehdi Chamseddine), former minister, and Mohammed Nokkari (Sunni) university professor and former Secretary General of Dar el-Fatwa, Lebanon’s highest Sunni religious authority, presented the project to Prime Minister Hariri.
According to members of the delegation, the Gospel and the Koran both say that Christ was born of Mary, who was still a virgin. It is a dogma of faith common to Christians and Muslims, even though the two religions then differ over the nature of Jesus who for Christians is divine in nature.
At the initiative of the Committee, for the past three years common celebrations have been held in Lebanon during the Feast of the Annunciation. They are held at the College of Our Lady of Jamhour and are guided by the Jesuits under the theme “Together around Our Lady Mary “, with the participation of foreign delegations, particularly that of Al-Azhar University, Egypt.
In parallel, the project promoters have obtained from the chairman of the municipal council of Beirut, Abdel-Monhem Ariss, a small portion of land in the Museum square for the construction of a monument that reproduces the emblem of the party and is characterized by a stylized face of the Virgin Mary surrounded by a crescent moon, symbol of Islam.
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