There’s something I never understood about Ramadan in Jordan. Originally Ramadan is supposed to be one month of the year completly devoted to the worship of God. Now it’s also one month of the year when all the night clubs and bars close (out of respect?). I don’t understand this, I really don’t. For some reason it feels like the prophet Moses coming down from the mountain to find the Jews worshiping the golden calf after being absent for a few weeks. I mean it’s one thing to commit sins like lying and what not throughout the year, but it’s another to endulge in massive hypocrisy. Is it enough to simply cover up these places during Ramadan? Doesn’t covering it up imply shame? I also wonder what this must look like from up above. It doesn’t make sense to me at all.
What suprised me during my recent 4 month stay is the new mentality of business in Jordan, which states that no socially-oriented business idea can function without alcohol. Meaning you cannot open a resaraunt, a cafe, or just about anything that requires people, without selling alcohol. In fact it’s gotten to the point where even the best of business ideas can fail if there isn’t alcohol involved. NOT selling Alcohol has actually become the new risk. Does this sound strange to anyone?
Even the night clubs are closed. What is this about? Is prostitution put on hold during a month of worship or do they use that month to rennovate?
In this abu-mahjoob cartoon the idea that it’s more than just alcoholic drinks that need to be covered up, rising prices of goods need to covered as well. Though I’m scared of seeing a Ramadan where everywhere you go there are giant white sheets to cover up something we would normally identify as shameful or sinful but nevertheless acceptable for 11 months of the year where God and religion and any grain of decency is no longer an issue; no longer a priority.
Are giant white sheets the new social indicator of chastity? Will we in the future measure our progress by a thread count?
I think people forget that the progress of a nation is the progress of it’s people, and all the political and economic progress in the world is useless without social progress.