wouldn’t be wrong if we say that the most interesting,
significant perhaps the most colourful aspects in a
human’s life are his bonds and the traditions which he
individuals have bonds ( which vary from person to
person) and the regions, districts have traditions (
which vary from place to place). Here, it is not
possible to transfer (to write down) all the documents
in relation with this subject. Therefore, I won’t go
too deep, because as you will notice I will be examining
the matter from the point of mysticism/sufism and try
to point out its main structure with its basic
know, these concepts have rather negative influences on
us and it is not possible to say the opposite.
In summary, the
bonds can be described as the
things/ the obsessions
in which the individual is interested and which he
cannot give up.
If, it is necessary to
give an example for this, then the most significant one
will be the kinship ties that are formed beyond one’s
gene factor is the only answer we can give to the
question why the blood relationships are so intense
and why they always have the same intensity.
Moreover, the transfer among the genes forms the
It is not possible for a
person to reach his essence without breaking his bonds
and without cutting off his relations with the material
life (the material world). It is useless even to dream
of such a thing.
This is the reason why in
the Koran al Karim,
in the 12th verse of the Chapter of Taha it has been
said to Hz.Moses
‘’Take off both
This means that the person in servitude chosen by Allah
should set himself free from the the bonds of love for
this world and the akhirat/ the after life realm.
When we look at the matter
from this point we say that in a way Ibn-i Arabi is
right in his words ‘’Science is ruled by the known’’.
Whoever says the opposite
he either is not truly aware of the matter (could not
perceive the essence of the subject) or he has lots of
I am not one of those
people who think that these bonds can be broken off
without combat. I think that if, under normal
conditions they can be broken off without much effort,
then in the following stages new bonds can be formed.
When the bonds are
accumulated and form groups, then the traditions come
out. In every place the origin of the traditions have
always been the values of the past that are special to
every region. During the course of time, in the various
stages these values get repeated, become more intense
and they get shaped (thus making up the traditions.)
In every community, the people were forced to obey
these (values) and in this manner the special bonds
and traditions of the communities were formed.
Actually, when we look back from where we are now it is
possible to select them.
For example, the
traditions of the citiziens of the city A may not
match the traditions of the citizens of the city B.
When things are like this,
then the human being has the right to choose from all
over the country. So, some of the traditions can be
accepted and some may be refused.
As far as I can remember,
I had once witnessed the celebrations of Hýdrellez
(the day of the spring
feast named after the ancient prophet Hz.Hýzýr/Elijah)
in the Ýzmir region. As a matter of fact,
all over the country celebrations take place on this
special day and people take part in them. However I have
not seen such a joy especially in Ýstanbul. This joyful
event (in Ýzmir) had lasted until midnight and in short
it was so nice that it wasn’t easy to describe it.
At that time I had asked
myself the question
‘’Why do we, the citizens of Istanbul deprive ourselves
from experiencing such joyful moments and togetherness
and do not take into consideration the traditions and
not care about them?’’
Moreover, this form of
tradition is not harmful and it does not establish a
bond. It is nice, but synthetic.
On the other hand there
are some traditions which are totally a disaster. They
do not care about the human life and the freedom. The
murders that take place for the sake of tradition in
the Southeast and the East show openly that the
traditions of the tribes are put forth and protected
in a totally distorted manner. It is of no use to deny
these facts. Actually, the tribal relations based on
kinship ties make the traditions more widespread.
Meanwhile, it wouldn’t be
wrong if we express that there are traditions about
which the humans are unaware. The reason is that every
community learns things from the communities that have
come before (existed in the past). This is actually a
historical rule of the tradition.
However, in time, the way
in perceiving the things represented by the traditions
can get changed completely. This exceptional situation
is in relation with the subjects I have defined above,
and the desire to be
‘’one’s own self’’’.
Therefore, it is obvious
that in the believers and possessors of Allah the
traditions cannot be continuous (cannot go on forever)
and keep the minds busy.
When we look at the life
styles of those who accept this, can understand the
matter more clearly, and I wish deeply to get rid of
all my bonds and the useless traditions which will be a
burden for me, which are no good for me and pray my
Rabb for this.
May you remain with love
and may you be entrusted to Allah.