His absence constitutes a great void for us that can hardly be filled

His absence constitutes a great void for us that can hardly be filled
His absence constitutes a great void for us that can hardly be filled
The Maronite Patriarch, Mar Beshara Boutros Al-Rai, presided over the funeral of the minister and former deputy head of the Kataeb Party, Sajaan Azzi, at Our Lady of Gifts Cathedral in Adma, in the presence of President Amin Gemayel, MP Salim Al-Sayegh, former President Michel Suleiman, and a number of current and former politicians, MPs, and ministers.

In his sermon, Al-Rahi said: “We used to search spontaneously on the front page for the editorial of Sajaan Azzi, the former minister, distinguished from all newspaper editorials, with its richness in internal and external political analysis, erudition and culture, and the ability to link historical events. and abstracts.”

And he added, “But this last Thursday, there was one painful word that we feared and prayed to not reach: Sajaan Azzi died! 6: 8) He was in a constant state of mission, and as soon as he finished his foundational studies at the Institute of the Apostles in Jounieh, and obtained a degree in philosophy from the University of the Holy Spirit-Kaslik, and a degree in political and administrative sciences from St. Joseph University-Beirut, he embarked on missionary sectors thanks to what God endowed him with knowledge, intelligence, logic and analysis.

And he continued, “His message was distributed between journalism, university education, consulting, political work and analysis, authorship and writing. With a special interest in his family, whom he loved very much and who loved him, we cry for him with tears of eye and heart with his wife, Mrs. Dania Halim Baroud, his two daughters Aude and Joy, his son-in-law, his two brothers, his sister, his mother-in-law, her children and their families, And his family and relatives, and thousands of his acquaintances and friends.

And he continued, “He loved them all, starting with his dear wife, and they lived together a happy married life for thirty-four years without being disturbed by a word or deed, and the love between them grew through the two treasured daughters who provided them with education, high knowledge, and a guarantee for the future.”

Al-Rahi pointed out, “With his death, one of the most fertile political, historical, media, scientific, and literary pens has dried up. Although he did not write his editorial this time in An-Nahar newspaper, newspapers were filled with their editorials, internal pages, and written, audio-visual, and social media outlets with words about him.”

Al-Rahi stressed that Sajaan is “a man of word, thought, dialogue, logic, openness, and decency; another: an exceptional politician, partisan, journalist, and thinker; another: an outspoken and bold political stature; another: a solid fighter in the ranks of the Lebanese resistance for the sake of Lebanon’s sovereignty and identity, and another: an intellectual fighter from Yes, Lebanon, and another: a sane and friendly political intellectual, and another: a summit in political vitality and intellectual and cultural brilliance, and another: an authentic Lebanese who carried on his shoulders the worries he dug into his conscience, he is the concern of Lebanon.

And he added, “Another: a man of dialogue and deep and elegant speech. Another: a believer in moderation and a fighter for neutrality. Another: the shrill voice keen on Lebanon’s formula and its national cohesion. Another: an active minister committed to his moral and ethical convictions. Another: a fighter who devoted his life to defending the Lebanese cause.” And a writer who carried the nation’s issues in his pen, and another: the spearhead in his sovereign struggle with his wisdom, firmness, and rich political and media experience, and another: an essential pillar of the world of politics in Lebanon, and another, but not the last: the political writer with national affiliation, committed to the Lebanese cause, broad-minded, Quick-witted, hierarchical of ideas.

He pointed out that, “The rule of his permanent life is ‘Here I am’, with complete readiness to give for the love of giving. This is the spirit that revived his journalistic message in the editorial office and editorials of newspapers such as the Phalangist ‘Amal’, ‘Al-Jarida’, ‘An-Nahar’, ‘Magazine’ and ‘Al-Jadeed’ magazines.” And in the presidency of the news in “Voice of Lebanon Radio”, and the establishment and management of “Radio Free Lebanon”, as well as in the message of education as a lecturer at Saint Joseph University in Beirut, and in the Bashir Gemayel Academy at the University of the Holy Spirit of Kaslik.

Al-Ra’i affirmed that, “In this spirit, he provided his consultations through his institution that he established in Paris for studies and consultations in the field of political and economic risks, and in his publication on political strategy in the Middle East. Following in the footsteps of his late father, who founded the Kataeb in the Futouh region, thanks to this readiness he became the deputy head of the party, and a political advisor to the martyr President Bashir Gemayel, and to President Sheikh Amin Gemayel.

He pointed out, “At the beginning of the Lebanese war, he assumed the presidency of the Media Department in the Lebanese resistance. As for us, we enjoyed his advice, opinions, and depth of thinking in the committees of the Patriarchal Center for Documentation and Research, in the coordination of the Neutrality Committee and the International Conference, and in what we personally asked him for national and regional opinions and studies. His absence constitutes a great void for us that is rarely compensated, and he also found plenty of time to write: he left generations a valuable legacy and reference in the fields of politics, history and strategy with his five books in Arabic, his editorials in An-Nahar newspaper, and his twenty-eight studies in French, in addition to dozens of lectures in universities in Lebanon, Europe and America. He makes him alive among us with his thought and knowledge, renewing our memory, and refreshing the love of our hearts.”

And he continued, “Sajaan Azzi really made the difference, with the power of his word emanating from his distinguished personality in knowledge, politics, courage, morals, elegance, and readiness to serve and give without anything in return, yes, one word: “Here I am, so send me” (Isaiah 6:8). He said it for the last time on Thursday morning, After he prepared himself spiritually with my personal prayers near his bed and granted him the forgiveness of his sins, humanly and familially, he said it with the voice of a beating heart and a silent tongue: “Here I am, my Lord, so send me to you!” And just as Christ the Lord shared him in the sufferings of redemption, He shares with him the glory of the resurrection, to be for his small and large family. good intercessor.”

Al-Rahi concluded: “With this hope, we bid farewell to him together and express our deep condolences to his wife, Mrs. Dania, his two daughters and son-in-law, to his two brothers and sister, to the families of his late uncles, aunts and uncles, to his mother-in-law, Mrs. Samia, her children and their families, and to all their beloved relatives and relatives in Lebanon and the Diaspora, may God accept him in his heavenly glory, and pour On your hearts a balm of consolation, and compensate us with his likes, Christ has risen!