Abdul Hafez Al-Seretti, IOL Correspondent
tastes special in Morocco, as the bliss of Islam’s holiest month extends to include all walks of life in the Arab Maghreb
well-established tradition of inviting Muslim scholars from across the Arab and Islamic countries to Morocco during the month
leaves mosques teeming with attentive worshippers and brings in a unique spiritual atmosphere.
the dawn-to-dusk fasting month, mosques receive large numbers of worshippers for the Night Prayer and Tarawih, reciting Qur'an
and getting religious lessons.
scholars give series of lectures on Islamic teachings, allowing many Moroccans to beef up their knowledge during the holy
hope the mosques would carry out their main roles, as was the case at the time of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), as a place for
getting lessons on science and making consultations by Muslims, not just for performing prayers,” said one worshipper.
aspired-for role of mosques, another citizen said, could also affect Moroccan youths by boosting their morality.
“If the mosques continued to play their role
during the whole year, there would be no vice among Muslim youth,” he said.Traditional Wear
in Morocco also witness an unusual vitality, with many Moroccans seeking to buy dates and other dry fruits such as almond,
usually eaten during the fasting month.
families also spare no efforts in preparing the most delicious banquets such as “Al Harira” for Ramadan. The meal
could take as many as three hours for housewives to make.
Moroccans are also keen to wear traditional clothes during the holy month, with men preferring to be in Jalabiya and tarboosh
and women in traditional wear.
shops are usually packed with visitors choosing their preferable clothes.
A Moroccan cloth maker said they do their best to meet
the demands of all Moroccan customers.Tolerance
charities also offer aid to thousands of poor families during the holy month, another indicator of social integration in the
set up Mawa'ed Al-Rahman (Iftar dinner occasions) in which food is given for free to poor Muslims and passersby to break their
charities also distribute food supplies to the poor and needy in a demonstration of tolerance among Muslims during Ramadan.
is also marked by the appearance of the Musaharati, a man charged with waking people up for suhur -- a meal Muslims have before
they fast every day.