Eid al-fitr, start­ing point for an­other op­por­tu­nity

Iran Daily - - Art & Culture - By Es­maeil Alavi*

From spir­i­tual per­spec­tive, Ra­madan is highly in­ter­min­gled with Mus­lims’ fate and na­ture. The rea­son is that in this 30-day op­por­tu­nity, Mus­lim per­son finds sev­eral ways to over­come his id and avoid sins and thus se­lects the path to­ward per­fec­tion.

From this per­spec­tive, Ra­madan is like a school that not only broad­ens Mus­lim’s ide­ol­ogy and di­rect it to­ward divine soul, but also in prac­tice it leads him to­ward ma­jor Ji­had. Of course, God is very mer­ci­ful and such mercy is not far-fetched. This holy month is an an­nual op­por­tu­nity and a re­minder for Mus­lims to pu­rify their souls. This spir­i­tual oc­ca­sion to re­con­struct our­selves is con­sid­er­ably less ob­serv­able dur­ing other months of the year and even some­times temp­ta­tions for wicked deeds are very strong that pushes us to­ward a big cri­sis of get­ting ac­cus­tomed to com­mit sins. Ra­madan gives us a chance to take over our deeds and re­turn to divine peace.

Af­ter one month of sin­cer­ity and servi­tude, now this is the time for com­par­ing our­selves with the time we did not be­gin such a con­struc­tive pe­riod. Eid al-fitr is an op­por­tu­nity to re­con­sider our be­liefs as well as our cul­tural and be­hav­ioral foun­da­tions and re­shape them ac­cord­ing to the val­ues and prin­ci­ples of Is­lamic school. Un­doubt­edly, one of the bases of spir­i­tual per­fec­tion is to eval­u­ate our be­hav­ioral short­com­ings and an­a­lyze our in­ner face through the lens of self-scru­tiny in order to up­root the wicked deeds.

Strength­en­ing the spirit of faith is rooted in rites and rit­u­als of this month and on the day of Fitr, its vast­ness and dy­namism reaches its sum­mit. Be­lief in monothe­ism and its pre­req­ui­sites is re­quired for hav­ing piety dur­ing the whole year. This be­lief is the most im­por­tant mo­ti­va­tion for ethics of virtue and it can help dis­ap­pear the wicked deeds and re­duce their de­struc­tive ef­fects.

Eid al-fitr is the start­ing point for an­other chance to learn how to live as a real Mus­lim.

* Es­maeil Alavi is a staff writer at Iran Cul­tural and Press In­sti­tute.

The “Mu­seum of Sound” is one of the dozens of mu­se­ums in the Ira­nian city of Tabriz. The place, which was opened in March 2018, nar­rates the de­light­ful tunes of the past and con­tem­po­rary mu­sic of East Azarbai­jan Prov­ince.

Run­ning this unique mu­seum, which started its ac­tiv­ity as the first sound mu­seum in the coun­try with the aim of re­build­ing and pre­serv­ing the rich mu­sic of Azarbai­jan, was a use­ful and ef­fec­tive move by the prov­ince’s Cul­tural Her­itage, Hand­i­crafts and Tourism depart­ment to strengthen valu­able cul­tural trea­sures in the field of mu­sic.

Ac­cord­ing to the Tabriz Mod­ern news web­site, the Mu­seum of Sound has been run by a re­searcher, mu­si­cian and head­mas­ter of the Tabriz Mu­sic House, Hos­sein Sa­jedi, IFP re­ported.

Sa­jedi, also an au­thor of sev­eral books, has col­lected dif­fer­ent kinds of mu­si­cal in­stru­ments of eth­nic and na­tional origin. He has also pro­vided the grounds for the open­ing of the Mu­seum of Sound in Tabriz.

“We are do­ing our best to ex­pand the re­search and ed­u­ca­tional ar­eas in the field of mu­sic by es­tab­lish­ing work­shops and build­ing a spe­cial­ized mu­sic li­brary,” noted him.

The mu­seum can pro­vide a suit­able space for in­tro­duc­ing na­tional and na­tive rit­u­als and pro­vide an ap­pro­pri­ate con­text for scholars and stu­dents in the field of Ira­nian and Azarbai­jani mu­sic, said the re­searcher.

Over 300 items re­lated to “sound” are show­cased in this mu­seum. In ad­di­tion to ex­ist­ing ob­jects, the “Au­dio Ar­chive” sec­tion can be con­sid­ered as one of the most im­por­tant sec­tions of the mu­seum.

Valu­able works of mu­sic in dif­fer­ent fields are kept here and they are avail­able to scholars and re­searchers who want to gain suf­fi­cient and com­pre­hen­sive knowl­edge about mu­sic of this re­gion, Sa­jedi said.

“Au­dio files of calls to prayers, holy Qur’an recita­tions and other re­li­gious and na­tional events are also dis­played at the mu­seum. Among other items show­cased are old door­knock­ers, bells, ra­dios, gramo­phones, discs, recorders, black-and­white tele­vi­sions, etc.”

With the as­sis­tance of the Cul­tural Her­itage, Hand­i­crafts and Tourism Depart­ment of the East Azarbai­jan Prov­ince the his­tor­i­cal house of Amir Parviz has been ren­o­vated to be used as the Mu­seum of Sound.

Tabriz, the cap­i­tal of the north-western prov­ince of East Azarbai­jan, has been des­ig­nated as the OIC (Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion) cap­i­tal of tourism in 2018.

Pho­tos by AIDIN TABRIZI/NASR

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