Lailat al Qadr – Night of Power


Lailat al Qadr, the Night of Power, marks the night in which the Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad by Allah. Muslims regard this as the most important event in history, and the Qur’an says that this night is better than a thousand months (97:3), and that on this night the angels descend to earth.

Ramadan Life and Traditions in Morocco


Agadir – I often receive emails from friends asking if it is o.k. to visit Morocco during Ramadan, what the celebration means, how long it lasts, and what are its traditions. So, I have decided to talk here about Ramadan in Morocco, hoping to answer these questions.  What is Ramadan? Ramadan is the ninth month of […]

Moroccan children mark Eid with new clothes


Moroccan children call it Hawayej al-Eid (“Eid clothes”). For poor families, Eid al-Fitr is the only chance for fathers to buy new clothes for their children. On the morning of Eid, children proudly don their new apparel. They visit neighbours and family members, eat sweets and pies, and receive “eidiya” – a small amount of […]