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  1. Interesting statue I stumbled across in Hatay, Antakya, a few hours drive from the Syrian border. The first time I noticed it, it was covered by a canvas, now it's uncovered. What do you all make of it? It's kind of majestic isn't it? It's located on a dusty roundabout, surrounded by shops & traffic though. It seems out of place. The religions are on the right hand & the world it seems is on the left. I still haven't found any info related to this statue, everyone in the city says it's been there forever & opinions differ about it's significance.
  2. Sometimes you go to pray. But for what? What are you praying for? I' m just curious, because to me it doesn't matter if it is for good thoughts. Its like somebody is praying in the church or when they do yoga. But a lot of people from my culture thinks it is scary, bad and should be a reason enough to not date a muslim guy. I just want to know...is it true that praying people has that much love to Allah, that he will always be the most importnant in their lifes? women dont go for praying? Why only guys? And do you feel forced? i juat ask ik curiousity, nothing mean
  3. Ken Grubb

    Ramazan in Turkey

    During certain times of the year, many Turks do not eat or drink during the daytime. They are fasting during the holy month of Ramazan (Turkish for "Ramadan"). This is when Muslims worldwide commemorate the revelation of the Koran to Mohammed. Ramazan is considered to be the "sultan" of the eleven months since that is the month in which Mohammed started to receive the Koran. It's the month of great spiritual and material blessings that Muslims all over the world look forward to. The religion of Islam is based on five principles: Belief in one God and Mohammed as his prophet. Prayer, five times daily. Giving alms to the poor and needy. Fasting during the month of Ramazan and Pilgrimage to Mecca and other holy sites in Saudi Arabia at least once in one's lifetime. Ramazan is the ninth month on the Islamic lunar calendar. The months on the lunar calendar begin and end with the sighting of the new moon. Because of this, from year-to-year, Ramazan rotates throughout the four seasons and through every month of the solar calendar. Every Muslim is supposed to observe the fast of Ramazan. Children, pregnant women, sick people, travelers and soldiers at war are exempted from fasting. The fast starts daily from before sunrise and lasts to the moment the sun sets. During the daylight hours, one is to abstain from food, drink and intimacy between husband and wife. After sunset, Muslims are permitted to break the fast for the day, starting with the İftar (eef-tahr) meal. However, one is not supposed to over eat, over drink, or over indulge in any self-gratifying activities as this can take away from the spirit of the fast. The Ramazan fast is regarded not just an abstention from food, but as a ritual for the benefit of the total person physically, spiritually, and mentally, as well as for God's pleasure. While fasting, Muslims are to be conscious of the need to appreciate and respect both man and outer world as a creation of the Almighty God. Those fasting are also to get a better understanding for the needy ones who cannot find food to eat. Things to be avoided during the fast are the tendency to be spiritually idle or morally absentminded, and the tendency to miss daily prayers. The time one would spend watching television, listening to music or playing sports should be spent in prayer, contemplation and religious study. Muslims should read one thirtieth of the Koran each day so as to complete the reading over this 30-day fasting period. The time spent in devotion to God will help keep one in tune with the inner spirit of the fast. Conduct During Ramazan If you aren't observing the Ramazan fast, there is still etiquette you should practice as a foreigner in Turkey. Don't eat or drink anything in public during fasting hours in the month of Ramazan, or in front of someone who is fasting. Obviously, this is impolite. Many restaurants in Turkey serve food for those who are not observing the fast, so it's okay if you eat in one of them. If you smoke, you should do so out of sight if you can. Driving Avoid driving during Ramazan. If you must drive, be even more cautious than you usually are. During the afternoons, those fasting will have low blood-sugar levels and a lower level of alertness. The lack of food, and nicotine in the case of regular smokers, can cause more aggressive behavior than usual. Şeker Bayram, (sheh-kehr by-rahm), or the "sugar holiday," occurs the week after Ramazan, and most Turks visit family. This causes the roads to be congested, and a lot of traffic accidents. Avoid driving during Şeker Bayram as well. Ramazan as a Boy's Name Ramazan is a popular name for Turkish men. Baby boys born during the month of Ramazan are usually named Ramazan. The Ramazan Drummers Drummers have been a part of Turkish traditional culture year round, but especially during the month of Ramazan. Turks who intend to fast for the day need to wake up before the start of the fast and eat the Sahur (sah-her), a hearty breakfast to help make it through the day. And even though most anybody can afford an alarm clock, traditional Ramazan drummers still stroll the streets, beating a large drum, to wake the cook of the household so she (it is practically always a she) can make breakfast and wake the other family members so they can eat. The drumming starts at around 3:00 AM. Some drummers sing while beating their drums. Every district in most every city and town has a drummer. At the end of the fasting month, on the first day of Bayram, also called the Sugar Festival, the drummers do their drumming during the day, knocking on every door in their district. That's when the believers tip the drummers for the service they have provided during the fasting month. Istanbul alone has about 1,000 Ramazan drummers, and there is a big rivalry among them. They try to sing the best songs and wake the people at the most appropriate time. In order to be able to do that, some drummers work as a two-man team riding on a motorcycle. While one of them drives the motorcycle, the other rides in the back seat beating the drum. When the fast ends in the evening, just after dark, a cannon is fired in most cities and towns to let everyone know it is time to break the fast. At around this time, everyone rushes to a restaurant where they will have the İftar meal, breaking their fast. During this time you may see people with knife and fork in hand, poised over their meal, waiting to hear the cannon go off. When it does, they begin eating heartily. Another way of knowing the fasting time is over is by looking at the minarets on a cami (jah-mee), or mosque. In the evening, minarets are illuminated when the fast is broken and kept lit until the fast begins again the next morning. A video depicting and explaining the tradition of the Ramazan drummers. If you're wondering what the drummers sing while they drum, here's an example of one drummer's song as he walks through town to collect his tip the day after Ramazan ends: I got out into the street with the name of God Giving greetings to the right and the left Oh my stately gentle folk Blessed times are upon us. Your drummer has come to the door He gives greeting to everyone Don't be upset my dears He's come to collect his tip. This month is called Sultan month Sweet with cream and honey is eaten. It's been a custom for all time That a tip is given to the drummer. Ramazan Evening Festivities If you're not a Muslim and you get tired of being awaken by drummers at zero-dark-thirty every day, know that Ramazan also has fun side. Municipalities and private organizations both put on special public İftar dinners, in which anyone can participate, although some are invitation-only. If you are invited to one, it is an honor that should not be declined. Those who don't attend these special dinners often go to the grounds of a mosque or a park, and have a picnic. Additionally, every large city and most towns have an evening celebration, which is much like a county fair. There you can enjoy excellent food, concerts, exhibitions, and carnival rides. You don't have to participate in the day's fast to come and enjoy the evening's events, so be sure to find out what's happening during Ramazan in your city or town, then go out and have some fun!
  4. Şeker Bayram (sheh-kehr by-rahm) or sugar festival, is a national religious holiday in Turkey which begins the day after Ramazan. In Arabic, the name of the holiday is Id-ul Fitr. The name Şeker Bayram came from the tradition of exchanging sweets during this holiday. Ramazan is the month of fasting for Muslims all over the world. Şeker Bayram, like Ramazan, is based on the Islamic lunar calendar, so it occurs during different periods each year. Officially, Şeker Bayram lasts three and one half days, but Turks may be off work, and businesses may be closed, for a longer period if it occurs near a weekend. In the days preceding Şeker Bayram, shopping centers and stores are crowded with Turks buying gifts for relatives and new clothes for themselves and their children, which are called "bayramlık." The new clothing is proudly worn during the holiday. Additionally, houses are thoroughly cleaned and prepared for the inevitable throngs of family and friends the holiday will bring. Schools, banks, and government offices are always closed during Şeker Bayram. Many private businesses also close, so the owner and workers can enjoy their holiday. The first day of Şeker Bayram is the most important. Everyone wakes up early, and the men go to the mosque for a special Bayram prayer. When they return from the mosque, everyone dresses up in their new clothes, and they begin their Bayram visits. A Tradition of Visiting Young people visit their elders first, followed by their other relatives. Bayram visits are kept short--usually to ten or fifteen minutes. Hosts of the visits offer candy, cakes, chocolate, coffee and cold beverages. Those who cannot visit their friends and family members in other towns will call them or send cards to wish them a happy bayram. Cemetery Visits From one day before Şeker Bayram to its end, Turks also visit the graves of deceased family members, to pay their respects and pray. Important! The highways and streets are crowded during Şeker Bayram, and many serious and fatal accidents occur during this holiday period. So it's best to avoid driving if possible. If you must drive, exercise additional caution. Bus travel is also affected by the throngs of travelers moving all over the country. If you need to take a bus somewhere during Şeker Bayram, try to book in advance. Bayram Getaways Resort towns and holiday spots swell with Turkish visitors during the Şeker Bayram holiday. Many hotels offer special deals to attract the Turkish holiday makers, so once the family visits are over, many will hit the road for a well-earned vacation. Children During Şeker Bayram Children love Şeker Bayram and the associated visits. They want to visit as many elders as they can, since it's traditional for elders to give them pocket change. Children can collect this money for up to a month. Since there is no restriction on how much the children can spend or on what, amusement parks spring up in practically every city and town in Turkey. The children follow a traditional routine. They kiss the back of your hand and hold it to their forehead as a sign of respect. It is meant to say "you are in a position on the top of my head!" And when they do that, you are supposed to kiss them on both cheeks. Then they will hold out their hand, into which you should put a small amount of money--a few lira will suffice. Children also go door-to-door doing this, expecting to be given candy. It's much like the "trick or treat" tradition of Halloween. So you should have a bowl of good candy ready by your door. Boy's Names As male children born during Ramazan often take that name, boys born during Şeker Bayram are often called "Bayram." So when you meet a man named Bayram, you'll know why he has that name. Tipping People who regularly provide services, such as the kapıcı (kah-puh-juh), or apartment building superintendent, domestic workers, are traditionally given a tip for the Bayram holiday. On the first day, you'll also hear that inescapable "boom-chook-chook-boom" as those Ramazan drummers who woke you up at 3:00 AM over the past month, go door to door for tips. Gifts and Good Wishes If you visit your Turkish friends, take a box of candy or chocolates with you. It should be wrapped, and left on a table near the door. Turks don't open gifts when presented, so don't expect this. To wish your Turkish friend a happy holiday, say "İyi Bayramlar!" (ee-yee-by-rahm-lahr), which literally means "good festivals," or "I wish you a happy festival!"
  5. There is a Turkish scholar named Sadi Hoca. My wife's ex-husband is a big follower of this hoca. I live in the US and am Islamically married to a Turkish wife. She was previously married with a daughter. Everything was going well until her ex-husband produced some document saying that when he said "I divorce you" to her 3 times over 5 years ago, it only counted as one. So they are not divorced and he is trying to force his rights on her. They have a daughter together and this is making it very difficult for the little girl. I need to URGENTLY get in touch with Sadi hoca and arrange a meeting with her ex-husband so we can settle this matter in a civil and Islamic way. I am sure he will listen to Sadi hoca. PLEASE if any of you out there know how I can get in touch with Said hoca please let me know! I am trying to protect my family.
  6. I am a christian woman from Glasgow, Scotland and I have known a Turkish muslim man for 1 year now.We recently got engaged and met one anothers families. My family are fine with our relationship however his family wanted him to marry a muslim girl, he declined and explained that he loved me and would marry me with or without their blessing.I presume they have agreed to our marriage because they were very hospitable to my family and I.Gokhan (my future husband) bought me an engagement ring and wears 1 himself, he speaks of us getting married in 1 or 2 years time and has also mentioned us having children and would like me to move to Turkey. He has not asked me to change my religion nor have I asked him, nor have we discussed our future childrens religion.There is a lot of talk about Turkish men wanting to marry with British women for passports/visas. I am sure he is serious but this is always at the back of my mind. So the question is, how do I know if he is serious about our engagement/marriage?Thank you in advance for you answers/help/and support.fuzzy
  7. If you live in Antalya, if you're a protestant and like to go to church then you can visit the new Protestant Church in Antalya. Address: Kisla Mahallesi, Soytas Ulukut Ishani, 3rd floor, number 13, Gulluk/Antalya
  8. In case anyone would like to go to a Christian church - for all types of religions - Catholics - Church of England - Methodists - the American priest in Antalya would make you more than welcome and you get free coffee after the service at the coffee shop below in the courtyard area. James Bultema and his wife, Renata, are Americans but have lived in Istanbul for many years before coming to Antalya. They speak fluent Turkish as well as English. Saint Paul Cultural Center You can also phone: +90 (242) 244-6894. The church is in the Kaleici section of Antalya, on the road to the right just before the stadium. Mass is there every Sunday at 11:00 A.M. All nationalities go - even some Muslims, as there are headphones with translation into Turkish for them at the back of the church. A good place for newcomers to the Antalya area - I take the dolmuş from Side which is about 1.5 hours each way.
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