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.
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
Current Local Time in Casablanca, Morocco
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- Royaume du Maroc)
The new Islamic year starts with 1 Muharram (The Hijri Year)
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
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
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).
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
Amazigh (Free Man) or "Berber" Symbol
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:
When the sun has completely set beneath the horizon; immediately
after the Asr prayer period 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.