When a Muslim choir’s ‘Silent Night’ lit up the world


PETALING JAYA: A choir group comprising Muslim women grabbed the world’s attention with its “Silent Night” rendition, sang in Arabic, in Beirut, Lebanon.

A video clip depicting the 40 women clad in hijab, (head scarf) singing the Christmas carol at St Elie Greek Catholic Church, located in a Muslim-majority area in the city, was uploaded onto the Imam Sadr Foundation’s Facebook account.

The video has been widely shared on social media, and many people in various parts of the world have praised the choir and what this act has done for interfaith understanding.

The choir was sponsored by the foundation. The singers were led by Lebanon’s famous musician, Abeer Nehme.

The foundation was among participants of the Beirut Chants Festival held in conjunction with the Dec 25 Christmas celebration.

A total of 23 free concerts have been organised since Dec 1.

The choir group of Muslims has received praise from the residents of Lebanon, where almost half the population is Christian. Muslims are in the majority.

Lebanon is a unique country in the Middle East as it practises power sharing among Christians and Muslims.

The three highest government posts are held by people representing the major communities in the country.

The president is elected from among the Maronite Christians, the prime minister is a Sunni Muslim, and the speaker of the parliament, a Shia Muslim.