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lifestyle, religion, morocco tourism Islam is the official religion of Morocco.
Prayer is practiced five times a day.
There are many mosques in Morocco.
The cities of Morocco also have churches and synagogues where, Catholic, Protestant and Jewish residents practice their religions peacefully.
Ramadan is the sacred month for Muslim Moroccans.
Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan.
This implies changes in work habits and schedules.
Administrations, utilities, banks and private companies adopt the continuous schedule, which is generally from 9 am to 3 pm.
Beyond the Moroccan constitution, which stipulates in article 6 that "Islam is the religion of the State which guarantees to all the free exercise of the cult", the Moroccans, in their immense majority, are Muslims. Sunnites of the Maliki rite, like most Maghreb people, have as supreme reference the Qur'an and the Sunna (tradition) of the prophet Mohammed recorded in the hadith (collections of facts and sayings of the Prophet). Here, there are no regular clergy: under the very terms of the constitution, only the king, the commander of the believers (Amir El Mouminine), "watches over the respect of Islam". In addition to this legitimate religious legitimacy, the present dynasty is entitled to historical legitimacy: the Alawite sovereigns are Chorfa, that is to say, the descendants of the Prophet (Mohammed VI is the 36th generation). Since the late 1970s, Muslim countries have been crossed, to varying degrees, by the "Islamist wave". Morocco has not escaped, and it is agreed that Islam, as it is practiced in its institutional form, is a "bulwark to Islamism”.

A day-to-day religion

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<< There is no god except Allah, and Muhammad is his messenger >>: this is an affirmation of the oneness of God, contained in Islam, supports every gesture of everyday life; All things are done in the name of Allah alone. But if God is unique the way of serving it is plural: popular Islam, Orthodox Islam, mystical Islam, pre-monotheistic rituals and magic are all part of Morocco. Practices linked to the prophylactic virtue of talismans or to the therapeutic effects of caves, for example, the worship of saints and Islam form, without excluding one another, the religious experience of the Moroccan people and do not alter In no way the authenticity of its faith in the revealed religion.
Many Moroccan motorists hang rosaries and Koranic verses in the interior rearview mirror of their car. The truck drivers inscribed on the bumpers of their truck religious verses, often adorned with the hand known as Fatima. One way to add to auto insurance that they basically contracted the protection of God. For drivers with this double cover, the temptation is great to feel exempt from the rules of the road. A tip: be extremely vigilant on the road.

The official Islam

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As his father, Hassan II, had done before him, King Mohammed VI, on his accession to the throne on July 23, 1999, affirmed his role as commander of the believers: his first official release, Apparat, was reserved for Friday prayers; So his first speeches to the nation posed him as the religious leader of a state whose motto is "God, the country, the king." It is a constant in Morocco: the various dynasties have always been careful to preserve their religious prerogatives, both to guide and to govern, to monitor and to punish. In recent history, the Moroccan monarchy - unlike other states with a Muslim tradition (Algeria among others), which in the aftermath of independence took a certain distance from religion - used its spiritual power as Instrument of control of the religious and political fields. In particular, it has sought to maintain the habous (provision of Muslim law regulating the status of mortmain property), support original education, establish Islamic studies departments in universities, develop religious education in School curricula, organizing the bodies of the Ulemas (doctors of Islamic law), training imams and muezzins, controlling the construction of mosques and closing them between hours of prayer.
In Morocco, the king of Morocco enjoys international recognition as a charismatic figure: following his father's footsteps, Mohammed VI presides over the Al Quds Committee, which is charged with defending Muslim rights over the city Of Jerusalem. In a country where religious culture is very important and where political power is in charge of the affairs of heaven, what is the place of Islamism and what face does it take?


The importance of religion in Morocco, as well as the control exercised by the State in this field, does not prevent the Islamist phenomenon from existing. Here, as elsewhere, it feeds on the misery of the left-behind of society, but also on the frustration of the pious middle classes, who are increasingly receptive to democratic values and to those of human rights. However, it has not yet the same form as in Algeria, for example, where it is justified to "re-Islamize" a society that would have lost its Muslim soul. Morocco did not live Colonization with the same violence as its neighbor and has preserved strong social and religious structures.


Aid El Fitr: The end of the month of Ramadan.
Aid Al Adha: The 10th of the last month of the pilgrimage ends with the great feast of sacrifice, Aid Al Adha or Aïd El Kebir, It is the feast of the sheep.
Ashura: This is the most important feast of the Shiites.
Ashura is the memory of the death of the martyr Hussein during the disputes for the succession of the prophet.
For children in Morocco Sunni country, this is an opportunity to offer them toys.
El Mouloud: It is the celebration that celebrates the birth of the Prophet Mohammed.

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Morocco is one of the most open countries on the West.
Visitors must, however, comply with some good rules for a good stay.
Prohibited access for non-Muslims in mosques and holy places; If you want to photograph a person, it is best and proper use to ask permission.
Language: The official language in Morocco is Arabic and Amazigh.
But Moroccans also speak French, English and a little Spanish in the North.

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11th January: Manifesto of Independence 1st May: Labor Day.
30th July: Feast of the Throne.
14 August: Retrocession of the Oued Eddahab.
20 August: Anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People.
21 August: Youth Day 6 November: Green March Festival.
18 November: Independence Day.


The traditional dress in Morocco is the djellaba for men and the caftan for women.
Nevertheless, western clothing and ready-to-wear clothes are common.

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