Experience of “Waje Mahfil” (Islamic Seminar/speech)   Leave a comment

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February 3 at 10:59pm

I have been compelled to listen high volume “Waje” (Islamic speeches by clerics) in my village. Though there are some good advice in the speech that I liked. It is going on without any concern about the sound safety/pollution and the studies of the students who are appearing SSC exams. But I am more bothered by the reference of the other religions to establish supremacy of Muslims and the offensive tone by a speaker to them and to the cultural practices such as listing music.
I think it is completely unnecessary to refer to others for proving ones superiority if they are really superior. Islam and Muslims have a lot of things to be proud of and they have the same chance to do good things to be more proud like anyone else in the world; so when these mean-minded clerics would realize the importance of respecting others and good deeds to make oneself proud than offending others? And would be responsible to other people —

 

February 4 at 10:53pm

After the speeches prolonged beyond the midnight, one of the hot topics today was a comment by a cleric: A Muslim man should not apply razor to his beard, means one should not trim his beards; some people were asking if it is seriously meant; then some other replied- they should have asked that to that speaker, if he had ever trimmed his beards, which is most likely. Besides that my observation is the younger speakers delivered the most important advice in their speech but the crowd favourite were those older ones who could sensationalize the speech, added some spicy statements and could prove that ‘Muslims’ are superior to ‘others’ regardless their practices and qualities (well there is still space for debate on what they meant as ‘Muslims’). So, my observation is that the quality of speakers and audiences reproduces each other and limits hope for people like me that the society would be benefited from it.

 

February 4 at 11:15pm

In the evening I came across a group of my relatives and fellow villagers who were devising publicity strategy for another such “Islamic Waje Mahfil” in two weeks time at arms length form the place of the last nights one, beside another mosque (there are two mosques in the community within the distanse of few hundred meters resulting from factional rivalry) and my impression was that this “Waje Mahfil” was not also a separate incident. From last night’s experience I requested the coordinating person of this event, a senior cousin of mine, to consider two things: the SSC exam of the students and the issue of sound level; he replied that the high volume religious speech is not a problem, as it is virtuous, no one should complain about it. Though one or two in the gathering nodded in support, my request was returned from deaf ears. As I am writing, loudspeaker sound of another such event from few kilometers apart is pouring in to my ears; and reminding me that at my childhood and youth such events were rare and within last decade or even less than that it is becoming more frequent along with sending the children in the religious schools.

(after the above post some of my friends expressed concerns over my safety due to recent extremism on religious issues and I had to write the following reply–)

February 6 at 11:42am

Thanks everyone for your concerns! I partially agree with you; except the risk factor, which was minimal as that was my village and I and my family have a reputation there; however, few valuable things I have learned there- the sound and exam time issues are probably due to ignorance and unawareness- when I raised it, immediately some people agreed with it but unfortunately not all; later some of the organizers told me that they will try to keep sound low. And I am sure if they could thought about it consciously, they would have considered about exam too; they already printed the posters, made some preparation and invested some money, so it was not easy for them to change the date. I hope next time they will consider those. And it is our duty to share knowledge and awareness with our community —-

 

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Posted February 6, 2016 by Abu Ala in Governance, Religion & faith, Society

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