17th July 2015

EID GREETINGS FROM PRINCE MOHAMMED EL HASAN EL RIDA EL MEHDI EL SENUSSI TO THE LIBYAN NATION ON THE OCCASION OF EID AL FITR:

 
In the name of Allah Most Gracious Most Merciful 
 
Peace, mercy and blessings of God to all the sons and daughters of Libya, at home and abroad, in all their diversity, without distinction, exclusion, or diminution, as we bid farewell to the blessed month of Ramadan, the month of fasting. This is the greatest season for worship and humility. In this month we breath the blessings of mercy from Allah. We thank the Lord, the Almighty, for the great bounty and blessings of the holy month of Ramadan. Eid greetings to the Libyan nation and to all Muslims and many happy returns. May God accept our obedience.
 
Our Gracious Libyan people,
 
We are living through a difficult and complex chapter that is threatening our nation. It is threatening our independence and the unity of our country.
 
Let these blessed and happy moments of Eid, which ushers in an atmosphere of faith and generosity, bring us to the fulfilment of a better tomorrow and a beautiful future for all of us to enjoy. Let us remember the values and principles with which our parents and grandparents, living through some of the darkest and most difficult circumstances, overcame the obstacles and challenges our country faced. They shook hands and their souls met and they united to found the country. They succeeded in establishing an independent country with a constitution and institutions that are still evidenced as the part of our history that is pure. To those men who were responsible we owe our sincere gratitude for their efforts and sacrifices. We thank them and we will be faithful to them in preserving the sovereignty, independence, identity and unity of our beloved nation.
 
Our Gracious Libyan people,
 
There is no more appropriate an occasion to remind ourselves of the responsibility we have to go back to our core, to heal the physical and moral wounds, and with our souls, to remove the hostility, hatred and malice that plagues our nation. Let no-one dispute the fact that we are all the sons and daughters of one homeland, and all servants of one nation, and that we will not congratulate this nation, until there is reconciliation and we have achieved a higher purpose and overcome the tendencies towards intolerance and narrow self-interest.  Let us show a spirit of tolerance and optimism and think of our children and our future generations, to deliver for them a better way of life so that, in turn, they may remember us for our positive attributes and the contributions we made towards securing the well being of our country.
 
Good and benevolent efforts will not be lost but instead will help return Libya - God willing - to be the best of nations in our lifetime.  Libya will be - God willing – a force for stability, a home for the renaissance of civilization, a bastion of peace and security.
 
Many happy returns and peace be upon you and the mercy and blessings of Allah 
 
Mohammed el Hasan el Rida el Senussi