Traditions of a Society: Rituals.

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In a Muslim society like ours, the religious rituals that are followed by Muslims are the five basic pillars of Islam (Zahid, 2009) namely confession of faith (shahadat), five times prayers a day, fasting in the month of Ramazan, Alms tax (Zakat), and pilgrimage (Hajj). Along with these, some people have created many rituals that have nothing to do with religion. For example, cooking food in the name of Allah and distributing it (commonly known as khatam Shareef) with the purpose of reward that, is a common ritual. It has no logical significance but is being practiced widely. As far as social rituals are concerned, along with some which might be good, there are many which are actually harmful in many cases. For example, the concept of dowry is totally misunderstood in today’s society. Dowry has become a ritual that the bride’s family has to practice, which is totally different from what the Almighty has ordered. Dowry (Meher) is, in fact, the sum of money or any gift given from the bridegroom to the bride as per Allah’s laws. But nowadays, dowry is understood as that sum of money or gifts that the bride’s family is liable to give to the bridegroom (jazz). This has become a common ritual which is not at all within the boundaries of religion, and in fact, reverses a command of religion and, in many cases, becomes a curse for the innocent bride.

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A religious ritual that is observed in my family is getting together of family members every Thursday after somebody’s death, and also after forty days of a death, for the purpose of reading the Holy Book and transferring that to the dead. However, there are other rituals that are performed just for the sake of fun, such as, after the bride comes to the bridegroom’s house, the latter carries her and takes her to the room. This is fun and as long as it does not harm anybody, it is okay. There is another ritual according to which, when a woman gives birth to a child, gets money from the visitors who give it with pleasure. Another ritual is getting money, termed, on the day of Eid, which the elders give to the younger ones. And the list continues.

All of these rituals are prevalent in today’s society along with others such as celebrating birthday parties, funeral rituals in the American society (Browne, 1980), getting money as a gift when one passes his examination, sprinkling oil in the house so as to get rid of evil effects, giving salami to the married couple, celebrating baby showers, wearing stones that are thought to protect one from bad influence, so on and so forth.

A ritual that I would like to develop for my society is the celebration when a new neighbor shifts to the neighborhood. I would love to introduce this ritual as neighbors are given too many rights according to my religion.

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