Reaction to Batman Municipality due to “Ramadan Festivals”
BATMAN - The city's academicians, NGO officials, writers and citizens reacted to the entertainment and activities organized by the municipality under the name of “Ramadan Festivals” in Batman which did not fit the spiritual atmosphere of Ramadan.
Academics, NGO officials, writers and citizens reacting to the fun that the Batman Municipality has organized under the name of “Ramadan Festivals” stated that the activities should be canceled immediately, indicating that the events have turned into an subversion.
The academicians, non-governmental organization officials, writers and citizens, who stated that the events did not fit with the month of Ramadan and that such funs caused destruction in the young people, demanded that these activities be canceled immediately, asked activities to be done reflect the spirit of Ramadan.
“These events subversion of our youth and the new generation”
Mehmet Çelik, Seventh Crescent Batman Branch Deputy Chairman said, “We think that the activities that the municipality did in the time of the tarawih are not right. During this time, it is not fit with our culture and customs while those young people should be in mosques that they spending time listening to music. This needs to be finalized as soon as possible.”
“Festivals are not compatible with the spirit of Ramadan”
Noting that the activities of the municipality are incompatible with the spirituality of the people, the writer Şehmus Temiz said, “We were especially glad about the Ramadan festivities. At first we thought it is an organization that reflects the culture, spirit and spirituality of Ramadan. We would congratulate the municipality within this, but afterwards the festivities appeared and we saw that the festivals were not compatible with the spirit of Ramadan. People's reaction gradually revealed itself. We have seen organizations that are not related to spirituality and religion.”
“We do not find it plausible for the municipality to sign such an organization"
Ziya Ulhak Yamaç, one of the citizens said that he did not find it right the municipality activities, said “We do not find it correct that Batman Municipality should not sign such an event in Ramadan, during the month of worship, during the month of acquittal, when people get in deep thought and they perform their tarawih prayers. Because there is no such practice in the culture of our society. By doing this in such a way, it seems that a situation such as corruption of the Ramadan month is emerging, we perceive in that way. We demand that such applications be terminated immediately.”
“Dances are not compatible with the spirit of Ramadan”
The academist Davut Okçu, emphasized that the festivals is contrary with the atmosphere of the month of Ramadan by making a written statement, “The month of Ramadan is the holy month in which the Qur'an is sent and it includes al-Qadr Night, which is better than a thousand months. In this context, Batman Municipality has taken the decision of Iftar Program. We are pleased that Batman Municipality organize an iftar program for thousands of citizens for the first time in years. However, the events set out under the name of 'Ramadan Festivals' are totally contrary to the spiritual atmosphere of Ramadan.”
Adding to his comments that such events are unacceptable, Okçu finally said: “The music and entertainment programs set on stage with a high level of noise are exactly started to the time of tarawih prayers. Also, it is never possible to accept girls and boys dance with festive is not compatible with Ramadan.” (M. Fatih Akgül - ILKHA)