The last thing I heard on the news about Lebanon before migrating from Saudi Arabia was that Lebanon is a country in the East Mediterranean. It is bordered by Syria to the north and east and Israel to the south. We packed our bag to launch our big step.
I was 10 years old. I was so scared that I kept on saying to my parents, “This is a bad idea! We are making a huge mistake!!” Nevertheless, I got used to Lebanon. Although Lebanon is a small country, it’s full of unique aspects. It has different types of people such as Philippines, Ethiopians, Turks, Bulgarians, and Asians… It’s like we are a bowl of salad. It has varieties of everything! Such as tomatoes, parsley, cucumbers, broccoli… Can you imagine it? Moreover, if you are a Muslim woman or teenaged girl, Islam encourages you to wear a veil. But it’s your choice if you want to wear a veil or not.
When I migrated from Saudi Arabia, I was afraid that students would treat me differently, afraid of racism. Imagine that you were in Rosa Parks’ shoes for 5 minutes. Feel her pain. It’s abstract. She had a goal to be treated equally, that’s it.
Lebanon has several different main religions. We have the most religiously diverse society, comprising 17 recognized religious sects. The main two religions are Christianity and Islam. There is also the Druze minority religion.
Let us throw a stone towards the past. In Lebanon, soldiers were ordered to kill people who are from a specific religion! Can you believe this? Of course not! But believe it or not, it used to happen all the time. I personally treat my friends all equally with love and respect and I don’t care which religion they practice. Everyone has his or her beliefs, right?! The thing similar between them and I is that we are humans. I think everyone should take this point of view.
I hope with all of my heart that Lebanon will become a peaceful country. No wars. Inshallah we’ll be a united country. Hand by hand and faith by faith, nothing is impossible. So are you thinking of booking a flight to Lebanon??