Syria’s Ramadan drummers defiant as custom wanes

Ramadan drummers who awaken the trustworthy for his or her pre-dawn meal are dying out throughout the Muslim world however the custom lives on in Syria’s capital regardless of rising reliance on good telephones. Round one hour earlier than the decision to prayer rings out at daybreak, Ramadan drummers, referred to as Musaharati, stroll by slender streets to wake the trustworthy. They embody Hasan Al-Rashi, 60, one of many 30 Musaharati left in Damascus.

His voice breaks the nightime silence within the capital’s Previous Metropolis, as he sings and kilos his drum. “Regardless of the appearance of good telephones and different applied sciences, individuals nonetheless prefer to get up to the voice of the Musaharati,” Rashi informed AFP.

“The Musaharati is part of the customs and traditions of the individuals of Damascus through the month of Ramadan,” he added. “It’s a heritage that we are going to not depart behind.” Whereas performing his Musaharati activity, Rashi carries a bamboo cane in a single hand and a drum product of goatskin within the different. He walks rapidly from dwelling to dwelling, utilizing his persist with faucet on doorways of households who’ve requested for his providers. “Get up for Suhur (pre-dawn meal), Ramadan has come to go to you,” Rashi sings.


Though they do obtain items, the Musaharati don’t normally anticipate monetary rewards. They often carry luggage or straw baskets to retailer meals and different items which are given to them. For Rashi, it’s not concerning the freebies. “We really feel pleasure after we exit day by day,” he mentioned. “Some kids observe us typically and ask to beat the drum,” Rashi added. Forward of the decision to prayer, Sharif Resho asks certainly one of his neighbours for a glass of water earlier than the beginning of his quick.

The 51-year-old Musaharati normally accompanies Rashi each evening, additionally beating his drum and singing. “My tools is easy, it’s my voice, my drum and my stick,” he mentioned. Resho, whose father was additionally a Ramadan drummer, has carried out Musaharati duties for almost 1 / 4 of a century. Syria’s greater than decade-long battle and the coronavirus pandemic didn’t cease him from carrying on, he mentioned. “I’ll hold waking individuals up for Suhur so long as I’ve a voice in my throat,” Resho informed AFP. “It’s a responsibility I inherited from my father, that I’ll go on to my son.” – AFP



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