Sunday, 22 July 2012

Ramazan re-visited

Special Ramazan pide bread
Today is the third day of Ramazan.  In the early hours of Friday morning...3.20am to be precise...I was woken up by the drummer, who for some reason decided to stand outside my gate (the only non-Muslim in the village) and bang his drum non-stop for half an hour.

Oh great, I thought, if this is his place of choice, then I have a whole month of this to look forward to.

Fortunately, yesterday morning and this morning, I heard nothing.  Either he has parked himself elsewhere or I have slept very deeply.

It's the worst time of the year for fasting.  This heat is relentless and not being able to even partake of water must be real torture.

I wrote a more detailed post about Ramazan three years ago.  You can read it HERE

16 comments:

  1. Well his attempt at conversion fell on (hot and) stony ground then....

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  2. Much as I'm keen to get home, i'm happy to miss the early morning drum.

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    1. Yes BtoB, it can be really annoying. I know it's all about tradition, but I'm sure most people would manage without it.

      What is also slightly irritating is my having to refuse to give money to the drummer when he comes to collect after Ramazan, and trying to explain my reasons why!

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  3. Well, I suppose I should be thankful that our village isn't mostly Muslim!

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  4. This is not funny but I had to have a chuckle...I thought poor Ayak. The only non-Muslim and there he was parked in front of your house....at that un-Godly hour banging on the drums....
    Well me also being a non-Muslim well when I first went to Turkey....I got woken up and thought who on earth is playing their radio or whatever so loud...or in the wee early hours the Mosque calling out. Here they would have gotten a ticket for disturbing the peace and they wouldn't care what the religion was.
    Hope this month goes by peacefully for you and that drummer finds a new place to beat his drums.... Can't imagine going without any H2O in this heat all day....my husband's family doesn't stick to this or he doesn't either....he's been eating normal meals all day. Come to think of it I have never seen him stick to it.

    Take care....xxx :-)

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    1. My husband doesn't fast either Erica. It would seem that it's the women of this village who take fasting seriously. The men sit outside the teahouse looking like they are, but I've seen them having a sly cigarette.

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  5. There has been a probably a decade old debate, or maybe longer, discussing that Ramadan drummers are obsolete. And finally the obsoleters seem to have won, at least in Istanbul because there aren't any drummers anymore. I can wake up myself, thank you.

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    1. Hi jedi lost..nice to "see" you again. I'm very pleased for you that you don't have to suffer the drumming anymore. I wish someone would convince the people of our village that we no longer need one!

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  6. Lent without chocolate and alcohol is more than enough for me, Ramadam (zam) is made for people of stronger stuff than me.

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    1. I agree KV. Can you imagine what it's like at this time of year in temperatures between 35 and 40 degrees? I have great admiration for their faith and stamina.

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  7. I too admire their devotion and discipline and really don't know how they can bear the thirst they must feel in your heat. Food is easy to do without, especially at high temperatures, but water?

    Thank goodness he drummer seems to have moved....

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    1. The lack of water must be the worst thing Perpetua. Especially now. Fasting from sunrise to sunset during the longest and hottest days of the year must be unbearable.

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  8. I'm an office slave, mostly doing nothing other than sitting all day long in an air conditioned room. My experience can't be applied to everyone obviously, but i can say that i don't suffer from hunger or thirst. I have other problems, though. My mind constantly asks for something to drink or eat especially while working, and it is rarely about real hunger or thirst. It is just that, my mind demands it. And it can be a very hard test to resist all those demands. But I believe, this is the idea behind fasting: taking your willpower back.

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    1. I'm sure you're right jedi lost. I think it is mostly about willpower and self-control. And that has to be a good thing.

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