Essaouira Mogador is a town at the Atlantic coast of Morocco

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Arabic phrases
and about Islam

Traditionally arabic (islamic) writing begins with Bismillah al-rahman al-rahim ,


("In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful")

This phrase constitutes the first verse of every "sura" (or chapter) of the Quran
(except for the ninth sura), and is used in a number of contexts by Muslims.
Bismillah, " in the name of Allâh" is said before you start actions ,
like entering a house , eating, drinking or mounting your bike.
Surat Al-Fatihah


Allah The name of God in arabic
Allah - The name of God written in Arabic

As-Salamu `Alaykum is an Arabic spoken greeting used by Muslims.
As-salamu Alaykum
The term salam in Arabic means "peace".
The greeting may also be transliterated as Asalam 'Alaykum which means "peace be upon you".
The traditional response is Wa `Alaykum as-Salaam, meaning "and upon you be peace".

This is the full version of the Islamic greeting.

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh

"Peace be unto you and so may the mercy of Allah and His blessings".

Learn more greetings below

Alhamdulillah , Alhamdulillah,
is an arabic phrase meaning "Praise be to Allah".

In islam "the Hamdala" is used in special situations as: After sneezing, after waking up,
response to "How are you? or in general every time a muslim desires to praise Allah.
It is also used of many just as "thankfulness".

Insha´Allah Insha´Allah

Insha´Allah is the Arabic term for "God willing".
Insha Allah is said when speaking about plans and events expected to occur in the future. The phrase also acknowledges submission to God, with the speaker putting him or herself into God's hands. Muslims believe that everything is maktub [lit.: written] and so whatever it is one wishes to do, will only occur if it is within God's plan. This does not take away from the concept of free will. One's use of Insha Allah indicates not one's desire to succeed in an endeavor, but rather that the endeavor one embarks on will be within God's will, which might be interpreted as that which is best for Humanity, the Earth, and all of Allah's creation. It indicates one's desire for being in tune with God's plan for the Kosmos

Graffiti Gantra Shahada
Shahada Graffiti at wall of the bridge Oued Ksob

The shahada (aš-šahadah ) is the Muslim declaration of belief in the oneness of God (tawhid) and acceptance of Muhammad as God’s prophet.
The declaration in its shortest form reads: la ilaha illà l-Lah, Muammadun rasulu l-Lah "There is no god but God, Muhammad is the messenger of God"

The evil eye

It is a very common belief in many of the Islamic countries that some people have evil eyes and that some people can cast a spell.

Sura 113

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

[113:1] Say, "I seek refuge in the Lord of daybreak.
[113:2] "From the evils among His creations.
[113:3] "From the evils of darkness as it falls.
[113:4] "From the evils of the troublemakers.
[113:5] "From the evils of the envious when they envy."

Theese verses in the Qur´an teaches us
that there are envious people who have evil.

As for casting a spell, Quran does mention that magic exist and that humans were taught magic at a certain stage but they abused it and now Quran condemn those who practice magic.

"It’s a myth that becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy. People have this thought in mind and then the minute something bad occurs they attribute it to the 'evil eye'. There is no rationalisation of what is happening. Simply reversion to strongly held beliefs, not reality just belief. It’s a dangerous situation to engage in, because just think of the power that you are giving people over your life! That makes them some almighty force, which is only attributable in my view to Allah. I know that I would not give someone the glory of controlling my life!"
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Holiday greetings

"Kul 'am wa enta bi-khair!"
("May every year find you in good health!")

"Eid Mubarak!"
("Blessed Eid!")

"Eid Saeed!"
("Happy Eid!")

"Taqabbala Allahu minna wa minkum."
("May Allah accept from us, and from you.")



Man in djellaba resting at the wall

A true story from Essaouira

One day a habitual drunkard with soiled clothes entered the aera of the local mosque. He approached a noble gentleman, a Hadj (who has made Pilgrimmage to Mecca) and asked him if he could teach him how to pray. With intense dislike the Hadj refused him and told him to go his way.
The drunkard saw another man who was washing his hands and he asked the same. He was welcomed and was told: "Do just the same things that I do, so you will learn".
The drunkard watched carefully how his new friend washed his hands, face, head, ears and feet and he did the same. After this ritual cleaning (1) they entered the mosque and began their prayers (2) with the others. The drunkard followed the movements and repeated the words of the others and he kneeled down to to the floor and prostrated by pressing his bare forehead, his palms, knees and the pads of the toes on the floor.(3) But when they stand up again he didn´t do the same.
"Psssss.......Please stand up! We continue our prayers by standing...Pssss..."
But he did not. When they finished the prayers by looking first to their right and then to the left saying " as-salamu ^ alaykum " they all was confused by the drunkard who still was prostrating.
So the nearest men went up to him but when they touched his shoulder they found that he was dead. When the Hadj saw this he regretted that it wasn´t he who had tought the drunkard how to pray and he felt ashamed.



1. Wudu (Ablution) /Taharah (Purification)

2. The Salah (Prayer)

3. The Sujiud (Prostration)


Coraniq school Morocco

Quran school - old photo



Islam and everyday life

Islam is practised by the majority of Moroccans and governs their personal, political, economic and legal lives.
Among certain obligations for Muslims are to pray five times a day - at dawn, noon, afternoon, sunset, and evening. Friday is the Muslim holy day. In Essaouira are most shops closed during Friday prayers but opens in the evening.

Many traditions but also everyday life in Essaouira follow the muslim calendar and in general local people have islamic values which are guiding them in actions and ethics.

Learn more in: Islamic Living (/ External link)

8 Marocains sur 10 pour l'application de la charia (

The impact and significance of Islam in peoples life must be understood and a visitor with other beliefs must show respect and learn to follow some simple rules.

    • Women should avoid provocative clothing
    • Don´t smoke, drink and eat in public during the day
      in the month of Ramadan
    • Never disturb someone in prayer
    • Avoid criticizing religion.
    • Ask for permission before taking pictures


Maroc: agression pour non respect du ramadan, 14 suspects poursuivis.
( 05/06/2018 )

Of religious reasons are some places and events sacred and not accesible for non muslims.



Morocco is a multicultural country.

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Liens en français

Sondage sur les musulmans du Maroc

Maroc : Mohammed VI interdit la politique aux imams ( 09/12/2015 )

Une vague d’athéisme dans le monde arabe. ( 06/12/2015 )

L’islam en débat. Une vague d’athéisme dans le monde arabe

Les « Allahouakbars », par Daniel Sibony

L'islamisme expliqué aux nuls (

Au Maroc, l’enseignement de l’islam est un enjeu pour le pouvoir

Sondage sur les musulmans du Maroc Article | sam, 24/12/2011 - 00:10

8 Marocains sur 10 pour l'application de la charia

Le soufisme en islam : Un chemin vers Dieu

Ce que le Coran ne dit pas et qu’on lui fait dire - Par TAHAR BEN JELLOUN

Sondage des musulmans pour le port du voile (niqab ou burqa)


Psychanalyse de l’intégriste : La frustration sexuelle en cause


Voile islamic

Le Maroc interdit la fabrication et la vente de la burqa ( 16-02-2017)

L’Université d’Alazhar a enfin statué : Le voile n’est pas une obligation islamique !

Le voile n’est ni arabe ni islamique ! Par Hannibal GENSERIC

La liberté religieuse dans les religions

Hamas, frères musulmans, djihadistes : les différents visages de l'islamisme (

L’absence de spirituel est un problème, pas l’islam - Par Abdennour Bidar

Islam : l’exemple marocain?

Être circoncis, un signe et un rite ( About circumcision.


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