Burmese Muslim Jago Wake up teams in Ramzan Fasting Month

The Burmese Muslims have a lovely unique tradition during the Ramzan or Random Fasting month’s early mornings. In the small towns and big villages with the significant Muslim population, Muslim youths usually organize the singing teams (usually without any musical instruments) called Jago in Urdu and Hindi meanings “Wakeup”.

They took the tunes of popular Hundi movie songs and replaced with Burmese lyrics and words about Fasting, do and don’ts in Islam and about the benefits of Namaz or Salaat. They go around the known Muslim houses at the early hours of the morning, about 3 or 4 AM to sing various songs to wake up the fellow Muslims for Sehree or Sahur (pre-dawn meal) before fasting.

While I was young, my father U Aung Min was the chairman of Kalaw Muslim Youths. Although he had not participated, he supported his youth group to form a Jago Wakeup team. Not only the children but the adults like to listen to them or sometimes went out of the house to look at them. Some, including my parents invited them for food. Sometimes those Jago group went around visiting the Muslim houses on the Eid day. Many people welcome them, treat with foods and donate for the team with Eidi or Duit Raya.

I small villages and towns with few Muslims, neighbours wake up each other or sometimes paid someone to go round waking up the Muslims. (e.g. Mogoke  Panthay tan.)

One of that Jago Wake up group from Chan Aye Thar Zan (East, Mid and West quarters) started in 1947 grow bigger to become a big organization for Welfare, Neikban Zaw.I have scan and publish about this Jago Wake up team’s history.

Following is another story of Wake up calls in our fellow Muslim country.

Morning Drummer in Ramadhanin egypt

Before dawn, the Musaharti starts his job. The Musaharati is the person who wakes people up to have their Sahur (pre-dawn meal). Walking in the streets drumming on a small drum, sometimes singing and sometimes shouting, he ensures everybody wakes up for Sahur.




2 Responses to “Burmese Muslim Jago Wake up teams in Ramzan Fasting Month”

  1. Burmese Muslim Jago Wake up teams in Ramdan Fasting Month | Dr. Abdul Rahman Zafrudin @ Ko Ko Gyi Says:

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  2. drkokogyi Says:

    Credit Ko Nay Oo Lwin
    (သူေတာ္စင္အေပါင္းခင္ဗ်ာ ဝါထဖို႔လဲခ်ိန္ေရာက္ပါျပီ ရာမ္မသြာမ္ဆုျမတ္သည္အိမ္ေပါက္ေစ့လဲရပ္နားျပီ)၂
    (အို ဆြီယာမ္လုပ္ငန္း လံုးပန္းဖို႕ရာ တိုက္တြန္းသည္။ဂ်ႏၷတ္ ဘံုနန္း ျငိမ္းခ်မ္းမႈမွာ ဘယ္မေဝးေတာ့ျပီ)၂
    (ထေလာ့ ထေလာ့)၂
    ဆြီယာမ္၏အက်ိဳးသည္ မြန္ျမတ္လွပါသည္။
    ရဖြာအတ္ခရီးသည္ ဥပုသ္သ်ွင္တြက္ ပြင့္လန္းသာယာျပီ။

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