Essaouira Mogador is a town at the Atlantic coast of Morocco

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The Magana - the clocktower

The Magana in Essaouira
The French General Maréchal Lyautey ordered the construction of the clocktower in the new Kasbah 1912.
He was Resident-General of French Morocco from 28 April 1912 to 25 August 1925.

Essaouiran Redezvous

To schedule an appointment at a specified time does not necessarily mean that the person will arrive at that time exactly. Rather later or when it's convenient.

Essaouira is a small town usually described as place with a laid back athmosphere. To meet people there are common places like the souk, mosque or at the resident aera at lunch or dinner time.




Standard time in Morocco is Western European Time (WET), which is the same as UTC/GMT. During the DST period, the country observes Western European Summer Time (WEST), which is one hour ahead of UTC. GMT+1

This year's switch from standard time to DST will take place on Sunday, 27 March 2016, 02:00
1 hour forward

The end of the 2016 DST period falls on Sunday, 5 June 2016,
1 hour backward

No DST during Ramadan

According to the new law 8-3-2012, the DST period will be interrupted during the Muslim month of Ramadan In that period clocks will be turned back to standard time. This interruption in the DST schedule is designed to shorten evenings, making it easier for Muslims to observe the Ramadan fast during hours of daylight.

Legal time of Morocco will be advanced sixty (60) minutes Sunday, 10 July 2016, from 2:00 am - back to DST time- after Ramadan and DST ends Sunday, 30 October 2016, 03:00:00 clocks are turned backward 1 hour.
(Le Ministère de la Fonction Publique et de la Modernisation de l’Administration - Royaume du Maroc)



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The current Islamic year is 1437 AH.

14 October 2015 - approx. 1 October 2016




Islamic calendar

The Islamic calendar, also known as the Muslim calendar, is a lunar calendar consisting of 12 lunar months in a year of 354 or 355 days. Being a purely lunar calendar, it is not synchronized with the seasons. With an annual drift of 10 or 11 days, the seasonal relation repeats about every 33 Islamic years.

It is used to date events in many Muslim countries (concurrently with the Gregorian calendar), and used by Muslims everywhere to determine the proper days on which to fast Ramadan and perform Hajj, in addition to celebrate other Islamic holy days and festivals.

The first year was the Islamic year beginning in 622 CE during which the emigration of the Islamic prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina, known as the Hijra, occurred. Each numbered year is designated either H for Hijra or AH for the Latin anno Hegirae (in the year of the Hijra).

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Berber Calendar

Starting from the 1960s, however, on the initiative of the Académie Berbère of Paris, some Berbers have begun computing the years starting from 950 BC, the approximate date of the rising into power of the first Libyan Pharaoh in Egypt, Shoshenq I, whom they identified as the first prominent Berber in history (he is recorded as being of Libyan origin). For example, the Gregorian year 2010 corresponds to the year 2960 of the Berber calendar.

Souce: Berber Calendar Wiki


2963 Happy New Year

Berber Amazigh


yaz Ancient berber script

yaz [z]

Amazigh (Free Man) or "Berber" Symbol



Prayer times

To be considered valid salat (prayer), the formal daily prayers must each be performed within their own prescribed time period. The period within which to offer valid Maghrib prayers is the shortest of the five periods of the day.
The time period within which the Maghrib daily prayer (Sunni Sect) must be recited is as follows:

Time begins

When the sun has completely set beneath the horizon; immediately after the Asr prayer period ends.
Time ends
According to the predominant opinions of the Maliki and Shafi'i schools of law, the prescribed prayer time ends as soon as enough time for a person to purify him/herself and pray has passed. After that, according to the Maliki school, the Period of Necessity lasts until a little before dawn, i.e., the beginning of Fajr prayer.
Most other scholarly opinions hold that the time for Maghrib prayer ends when the time for Isha'a salat begins. There is disgreement amongst Sunni scholars as to when that occurs. According to the Hanafi school, Isha'a begins when complete darkness has arrived and the yellow twilight in the sky has disappeared.