A sentence by Ezgi Akgül fell in front of me yesterday. It was: “Ramadan has now become a pastime of modern society.
Let it stop here.
I think the culture produced by the month of Ramadan throughout the Islamic world has been under threat for a very long time. But this is not just a threat to Ramadan, to the culture produced only by Muslims. The secular world of the mind, arm in arm with savage capitalism, threatens every day, every month, every religion, every culture in the world. In my opinion, the greatest danger facing humanity today is the secular mental world and the cultural support produced by savage capitalism.
Let’s continue with the Ramadan special. There are stereotypes produced by the mind that thinks we have to resist brutal capitalism that sees Ramadan as a sum of opportunities to sell more products. The first act is to talk about the wisdom of the month of Ramadan and fasting. Fight for oneself, health benefits, emphasis on solidarity, etc.
On the face of it, this seems like an okay pattern of behavior for all of us. However, one can simply put this search for opposition in the sum of “utilitarianism”. This puts us in the same collection as the utilitarian and manipulative secular mind. Simply put, Ramadan comes because it is Ramadan and fasting is observed because it is fasting. Its usefulness, its culture and its wisdom come later, much later.
Do not mistake yourself. I am not saying there is no wisdom in Ramadan and fasting. On the contrary, the month of Ramadan and fasting have extraordinary wisdom. It is of course very important to identify them and talk about them. I would just like to draw attention to the pattern of behavior that follows the pattern of “we do not fast for this, but for that” and which I cannot quite distinguish from the secular spirit. We fast because it is an obligation for us, so as not to understand your hunger, for example. But one of the results we expect when we fast is to understand the state of hunger. I’m just trying to say don’t confuse cause with process, cause and effect.
Let it stop here.
I attach importance to Ezgi’s statement that “Ramadan has today become a modern social entertainment”, but I find it incomplete. Ramadan events that municipalities have done by bidding on organizers, iftar tents that have already passed their destination, Ramadan advertisements published in advertising channels, expensive iftar menus and others… These are simple indicators of our cultural support. And the concluding review only. However, we got to this point with a huge process.
Put simply, can we expect to produce a high Ramadan culture from a society that does not regulate its working hours by fasting? Or, when we think of Ramadan, can we expect a right-winger who thinks of Karagöz Hacivat with a meddah show, to keep the culture of the month of Ramadan alive? Let me raise my hand: it’s an opportunity not to sit at Ramadan tables with expensive menus, and it’s an opportunity to keep the culture alive, isn’t it a problem of to be one of the crowd that makes 4 billion TL worth of groceries at home on the eve of Ramadan? Let me tell you more: it’s a problem to sit at expensive iftar tables, isn’t it a problem to sit at expensive tables after Ramadan? What is the crime of Ramadan, where being very hungry is the norm?
Let us then broaden the question to: “Is it possible to produce an authentic cultural production and a clear mind in the face of brutal capitalism and the mental plane it creates?”
Is it possible for our broken minds, who say, “We should be busy with the Quran during Ramadan,” and see that as a good suggestion, to overcome this plan? Moreover, what do we do if we can’t even think about the lack of advice “We should be busy with the Quran during Ramadan”?
Let me piss you off a little more: doesn’t this show what mental misery we are in, drawing worship services on a formal ritual plane and counting Ramadan as the Olympic Games on this formal plane?
So the question we will ponder in the finale is: why have we lost the joy that we should have produced in the natural flow of life and surrendered to the spirits who have turned Ramadan into a month of fun? modern ?
Maybe it’s because we don’t have room for guests at our table. Maybe it’s because we don’t roll the dough by hand. It may be because we don’t have time to understand our neighbor’s situation. This may be because of our obligation to continue production at last gas during Ramadan. Maybe it’s because of the iftar shows on TV. Maybe it’s because we don’t go to Friday prayers in our clean clothes.
Bypassing all of that, we can’t figure out how it got to the cola ads. The misery of our cultural environment makes us the “exposed part” all the time, and we constantly discuss our exposure about the consequences.
“How beautiful you are, who are you?” If we answered the Bedouin instead of these men and said: “We are Muslims”, would this Bedouin believe us?
This is where we will be faced with the price of iftar menus and not television commercials.
May your Ramadan be blessed.