Eid al-fitr, starting point for another opportunity
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