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.




Cheerful scene: The youths of Geng Gerak Sahur Teluk Bahang making their rounds to provide friendly sahur calls for residents.

Ride and shine for sahur

Indonesian Air Force to fly jet fighters to wake people for ‘sahur’

 F-16 jet fighter belonging to the Indonesian Air Force sits at an airbase. (TNI AU via tribunnews.com/-).

JAKARTA (ANN): The Indonesian Air Force has announced that it will participate in the country’s tradition of waking people up during the fasting month of Ramadan for sahur (predawn meal).

Through its Twitter account @_TNIAU, the Air Force said jet fighter training would be conducted in several cities on Java Island, namely Surabaya in East Java, Surakarta, Klaten and Sragen in Central Java and Yogyakarta.

“God willing, we will carry out the tradition to wake people up for sahur using fighter aircraft,” the tweet reads.

Separately, Air Force spokesperson Col. Sus M. Yuris said the mission was not merely for maintaining tradition, but to make sure that Air Force personnel do not train during Ramadan.

“Fighter pilots are not recommended to operate aircraft when they are in the state of having low blood sugar levels,” Sus said as quoted by kompas.com.

He added that it was a “combined mission” to wake people up for sahur during training time.

During sahur, low-flying fighter aircraft will soar the skies and pilots will be required to use afterburners, which generate noise.

A training program at dawn was initiated by the Air Force several years ago. Two kinds of aircraft were mainly used: the F-16 and the T50i. – The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network


4 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။

  3. drkokogyi Says:

    Ride and shine for sahur By Rena Lim
    GEORGE TOWN: A group on motorcycles has been going around neighbourhoods in Teluk Bahang beating the kompang in the wee hours of the morning.

    No, they are not being a nuisance.

    In fact, these 60 males, aged between 17 and 40, are notifying Muslims that it is time for sahur (pre-dawn meal).

    “Sahur! Sahur!” they shouted while the pillion riders beat the kompang and 30cm bamboo stumps, creating loud sounds to wake the villagers from their slumber.

    Group leader Afzainizam Abdullah, 40, fondly known as Pak Long among his friends, said: “We would distribute the kompang and bamboo stumps among our members and break into smaller groups riding on a total of 25 motorcycles.

    “Our main areas of coverage are the houses in Jalan Teluk Bahang, Jalan Kampung Nelayan, Lengkok Teluk Bahang and Jalan Teluk Awak.

    “It is a simple gesture to remind the 2,500-odd residents here to not miss having their first meal before starting to fast for the day.

    “Some of us tend to sleep through and skip sahur, so we just want to give them a friendly call to have sahur to sustain them throughout the day.”

    Afzainizam said they started the initiative last year, noting that it was a great opportunity for the youths to foster better ties especially with the older residents as they interact with them during their rounds.

    “Some of the residents would invite us to have sahur with them.

    “They often share with us food like fried noodles or kuih with a cup of coffee or tea,” he said.

    Most of the members are from the Teluk Awak Umno Youth branch and the local silat lincah martial arts group, Afzainizam said.

    Nasi lemak seller Shazawani Md Nayan, 30, who is from Jalan Teluk Awak, said the gesture by the group was heart-warming.

    “I think it is truly nice of them to provide us with this wake-up call.

    “It also gets everyone in the mood for the day so that we will get up early to have our sahur before performing the morning prayers around 5.30am,” she said.

    Another resident, Haslina Yaakob, 41, said she and her children looked forward to the sahur call.

    “It is a good practice among Muslim youths in our kampung to engage in this meaningful activity and set a good example for the younger ones,” said the housewife.

    Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/05/12/ride-and-shine-for-sahur/#S6XsXJTRfkdWxSps.99

  4. drkokogyi Says:

    Public waker for sahur and dawn prayer during Ramadan @ https://drkokogyi9.wordpress.com/2019/05/12/public-waker-for-sahur-and-dawn-prayer-during-ramadan/

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