Essaouira Mogador is a town at the Atlantic coast of Morocco

En langue française



The tomb of Sidi Ouasmin
The tomb of Sidi Ouasmin

A marabout may refer to a tomb
(Arabic: koubba, qubba]) of a venerated saint,
and such places have become holy centers
and places of pious reflection.

Koubba or Koubbèh (from Arabic koubba = dome, cupola). - Monument erected on the grave of a revered figure, or in a place where he stayed. The koubba, which occur mainly in North Africa, consisting of a cubic part surmounted by a spherical dome or arched, sometimes decorated with a crescent, and their size rarely exceeds 4 meters square, and some of them present in their interior a little room where you can find shelter.

Marabout Sidi Kauoki

The marabout in Sidi Kauoki


The tomb of Sidi Magdoul
The most famous Marabout in Essaouira
is Sidi Magdoul

The term Marabout appears during the Muslim conquest of North Africa. It is derived from the Arabic word "Mourabit" or "mrabet" (one who is garrisoned). Religious students and military volunteers who manned the Ribats(a fortified monastery, at the time of the conquest.Today marabout means "Saint" in the Berber language, and refers to Sufi Muslim teachers who lead lodge or school called a zaouïa, associated with a specific school or tradition, called a Tariqah (Tariqah: "way", "path").
Marabout Wiki

Shrine; a structure or place memorializing a person or religious concept.

Zaouia Akarmoud


Tomb: A tomb is a repository for the remains of the dead. It is generally any structurally enclosed interment space or burial chamber, of varying sizes.





Syncretic spiritualists

The spread in sub-saharan Africa of the marabout's role from the eighth through 13th centuries CE created in some places a mixture of roles with pre-Islamic priests and devines. Thus many fortune tellers and self styled spiritual guides take the name marabout (something rejected by more othodox Muslims and Sufi brotherhoods alike). The recent diaspora of West Africans (to Paris in particular) has brought this tradition to Europe and North America, where some marabouts advertise their services as fortune tellers.

Related internal links


See example (External link):


Though not customary for most Muslims, the tradition of marabouts, or saints, and intercessory prayer continues to be observed in Morocco.

People seeking healing, aid or enlightenment visit the tombs of such notables to gather in prayer.

The koubba is a burial ground and is seen as a holy ground. People make informal pilgrimages to the Marabout to reflect on life or to seek spiritual enlightenment.Some Marabouts is also visited because of the belief that the Marabout has miraculous healing powers, seeking Baraka (the beneficent force from God that flows through the physical and spiritual spheres as prosperity, protection, and happiness)

See also: Essaouira history: Barakat Mohammed

"Baraka refers to spiritual power that manifests in the form of a blessing or good fortune, similar to the concept of good karma in Buddhism. Murabitin are the individuals who possess good Baraka, similar to the concept of sainthood in Catholicism. Baraka may rub off on individuals who spend time with Murabitin. Also, most villages and medina neighborhoods have a fortune-teller who will charge to offer a vision, provide a remedy, or put a curse on someone. When news travels that pagan practices are taking place, Muslim missionaries will travel to the area to stop them and bring the people back to Islam."

Famous are the seven saints of Marrakech, usually called Sbaatou Rijal (the "seven men" ) but also a number of holy women are worshiped.
Celebrated by the Gnawa brotherhood in Fez, Lalla Mimouna is probably the best known.
But Lalla R'Kia is sought by many women who are unable to have children.
Lalla Mahla is itself famous for its beauty and scholarship. Sometimes these women have become holy simply because their marabouts fathers had no male offspring ...
see also art symbols about the number seven!

The shrine of Sidi Jacoub and Sidi Ali Saih

The shrine of Sidi Jacoub and Sidi Ali Saih
is visited by the Regraga on their yearly Douar.

"Small dome-shaped temples are constructed for the Murabitin after their death, as they are thought to continue exuding spiritual power. Individuals seeking blessings, such as a woman who wishes to become pregnant, make pilgrimages to Murabitin temples."

Sidi Ali Saih

Common Islamic burial rituals

Burial rituals should normally take place as soon as possible and include:

  • Bathing the dead body, except in extraordinary circumstances as in battle of Uhud.
  • Enshrouding dead body in a white cotton or linen cloth.
  • Funeral prayer
  • Burial of the dead body in a grave
  • Positioning the deceased so that the head is faced towards Mecca (Makkah Al-Mukarramah).

The muslim  cemetery

The muslim cemetery Essaouira

Graves in Sidi Magdopul
Graves Sidi Magdoul

Grave in Erraounak

Les stèles funéraires musulmanes (External link)
Lakhdar Omar

Muslim funeral


Show the map Essaouira - Marabouts and Zaouias bigger

Localize Marabouts, Tombs and Zaouias in the Province of Essaouira

In Essaouira you can find the old tombs of Sidi Mimoun and Sidi Abdedayme located in the area of Derb Agadir.
Source: Dans l'invisible des trésors
reportage d'abdel Mouzi

In the invisible treasures: "It is a memorial walk of the medina. An invitation to discover what is hidden in the monuments, homes, spaces, stones of Mogador "with Professor Mina MGHARI, Historian of archetecture.
Facebook 2019-03-15 Sous les vents de Mogador



Sidi Setta ou Settine (Eng. Sidi sixty-six)



Entry to the Kaoubba fo Sidi Setta ou Settine


1392 Sidi Setta ou Settin

1392 Hijri
1953 Gregorian

Wall decorations of the Koubba Sidi Setta oy Settine


Sidi Setta Ou Settine

It is beutifully situated just at the foothills of Djebel Hadid.

The Regraga visit this place the 17th day of their 39 days Douar.


Sidi Setta Ou Settine

This religious place has a remarkable name.
Sidi Setta ou Settine means in english: Sidi Sixty-Six.

Explanations of the name "Setta ou Settine:

      • There are 66 boys buried there



Ceing in the tomb Sidi Setta Ou Settine



Notice on the door

This official notice on the door at the entry of Sidi Setta ou Settine is saying that this mosque is not suitable for public prayers before it is restored. The whole place is in need of restauration. July 2011

Inside the tomb of Sidi Setta ou Settine

Graves in the koubba

Koubba Sidi Abdallah ben Ouasmin Hanchane
Koubba Sidi Abdellah ben Ouasmin Hanchane
Son of Sidi Ouasmin who was "the sultan of Regraga"

Moulay Brahim or Moulay Brahim ben Ahmed Mghari (died 1661), also called Tayr Lejbel (Berber for 'bird of the mountain'), was a well-known Moroccan sufi saint. He was the grandson of Abdallah ben Houssein al-Hassani, who was the founder of the zawiya of Tameslouht, one of the greatest Zawiyyas in the region of Marrakech (founded ca. 1525). The zawiyya of moulay Ben Brahim was founded in 1628 during the reign of sultan Zidan Abu Maali in the village 'Kik', since called 'Moulay Brahim'. It is situated a few kilometers to the west of Tameslouht.



External Links




Berber Mythology

Moroccans still
venerate marabouts



Culture of Morocco

The United Kingdom of Morocco
Countries and Their cultures

Authentic, Step-by-Step,
Illustrated Janazah Guide