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    Laylat al Qadr: The Night of Divine Mercy

    Casablanca - If Ramadan is the month of devotion and high religious rigor and commitment, Laylat al Qadr or as it is rendered in English the “Night of Destiny” is considered according to the Quran and the prophet’s tradition as the culmination of religious commitment. Muslims believe that the Night of Destiny is the most holy...

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  • The Grand Mosque of Casablanca in Morocco during Ramadan
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    Ramadan in Morocco: From Religious Ritual to Cultural Practice

    Rabat - Fasting the holy month of Ramadan is compulsory for every mature and sound Muslim, just like the other four pillars of Islam except for Pilgrimage, the fifth pillar, which is obligatory once for a life time only for those who can afford it. Fasting Ramadan, even though it comes at the third place...

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  • At the Mosque, peaple praying during Ramadan
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    The Imam, This Noble Man in Ramadan

    By Rachid Acim Beni Mellal - When we were so young, we used to make merry of the coming of the Blessed Month of Ramadan, “Sayyuduna Ramadan” as we invariably used to dub him. Some of the momentous things we could do at that time, was to wait for the muezzin -- a very middle aged...

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  • Ramadan
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    When is the First Day of Ramadan? A Controversial Issue

    Tinejdad, Morocco - Every year as Ramadan gets closer, Moroccans like all Muslims of the world engage in a controversial issue: when is the first day of Ramadan? Since the Islamic months are dated according to the Islamic lunar calendar, determining when a month starts and when it ends is not as easy a task...

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  • Sufism in Morocco. Photo by Omar Chennafi
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    Sufi Love, a Journey to the Divine

    Casablanca - It is not easy for the believer to grasp the concept of “wholeness” in Islam. The Islamic creed remains at the centre of every Muslim’s heart , regardless of their piety, not because Muslims choose to make of it a priority but mainly because it is designed to permeates all aspects of life. In...

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  • Unveiling Bigotry
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    "Hijab is Not an Islamic Duty"- Scholar

    Casablanca - Last month at Al Azhar University, Sheikh Mustapha Mohamed Rashed defended a thesis that sparked a heated debate among religious scholars. The candidate concluded that Hijab, or the veil, is not an Islamic duty. The claim is not the first of its kind, but the mere fact that it is adopted in Al Azhar...

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  • Sidi Al-Haj Hamza
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    Sidi Al-Haj Hamza: A Living Sufi Saint Among Us

    By Rachid Acim Beni Mellal - At a time when almost all human beings seem to be both agitated and perplexed - spiritually disordered - torn apart between a wide range of materialistic concerns and selves, either thirsty for fame or glory, fortune or festive enjoyment, Sidi Al-Haj Hamza is settling in his Zawya in Nai’ma...

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  • Sufism in Morocco. Photo by Omar Chennafi
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    Rumi: A Poet Bridging Cultures and Religions

    By Rachid Acim Beni Mellal - In case you’re wondering about this millennium’s top-selling poet, it is not Walt Whiteman, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, or even Ralph Waldo Emerson.  The honor goes to a humble man, whose words have expressed the unutterable longing to merge with the eternal!  This man, beset with a good irony and...

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  • The Butchichi Shrine in Morocco
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    Seraphic Voices Sing a Sufi Village

    By Rachid Acim Beni Mellal, Morocco - It was early afternoon when buses from all over Morocco arrived to the Sufi village of Madagh, home to the famous scholar, Sayyad. Different families, poor and rich, withstood the winter’s cold and heavy rains as they made their way to the Zawya. Boys and girls were dressed in...

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    Gospel of Barnabas: Any added value to Islam?

    Taroudant, Morocco - The discovery of an old manuscript of the Gospel of Barnabas by the Turkish authorities raised the attention of the Vatican and kindled considerable debate all over the world. According to the official statement of the Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism Erturul Günay, the ministry was going to examine the copy, and will announce the results in the near future. Naturally, everybody is impatiently awaiting the display of those results. As...

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    Hadith Rejectors Claim: The Qur'an is Sufficient

    By Nabila Nali - Tangier The Mistake of Those Who Confuse the Sunna and the Hadiths Very often, those who proclaim that they only follow the Qur'an, ignore the Sunna and concentrate on the hadiths. They assume that if they can refute or disprove the hadiths, they have proved their own position. Their mistake is to...

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  • The Moroccan Gold Eldorado
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    The Moroccan Gold Eldorado, a Myth or a Reality?

    Rabat - Recently, a conspiracy theory video about a large gold discovery in Morocco is making rounds online. The video claims that a substantial gold reserve was discovered and is being extracted by a Canadian mining company called Maya Gold and Silver. We Moroccans are very proud human beings, we love our country and cherish...

  • Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani
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    Qatar: How the Tables Are Turning in The Gulf

    Rabat - Amidst harsh sanctions and a long list of demands from its neighbors, Qatar’s ability to thrive under pressure may prove to be problematic for Saudi Arabia. As Saudi Arabia and its coalition attempt to wait out Qatar, the recent spat in the Gulf continues to become more and more global, and severely against...

  • FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. If the nation doesn’t do more, the U.S. probably won’t quite meet the dramatic heat-trapping gas reduction goal it promised in last year’s Paris agreement to battle climate change, according to a new study. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
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    Climate Change : If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Fix It

    Chefchaouen - Climate change is happening at home and around the world. Chefchaouen is doing its part by embracing clean energy climate solutions and engaging its citizens in climate action. When it comes to fighting climate change, cities and local leaders are best positioned to lead that charge. Local leaders from coastal to landlocked communities are...

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    India Orders Internal Probe into Mistaken Use of Morocco-Spain Border Picture

    Hyderabad - The Indian Ministry of Interior on Wednesday ordered an internal investigation to find out how a picture of Morocco-Spain border was used in its annual report to show floodlights along the India-Pakistan border. What is most embarrassing is that the annual report of previous years was tabled during the Budget Session of Indian...

  • Amid Growing Tension, Thousands of Moroccans Stage Pro-Rif March in Rabat
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    Neglect in Harsh Soil: The Deep Roots of the Rif Crisis

    Rabat - The ongoing protests in northern Morocco started almost eight months ago, but they have their origin in nearly a century of violent repression by the state. The Rif has, in spite of itself, got involved into a peaceful revolt since the death of the fishmonger Mohcine Fikri at the end of October 2016, a...

  • Tamim Bin Hamad al Thani emir of Qatar
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    The Qatar Crisis: What Does It Mean?

    Rabat - The recent diplomatic fallout between Qatar and the rest of the Middle East could have serious economic and geopolitical consequences across the globe. Earlier this week, Qatar’s diplomatic crisis took an extreme turn as several Arab states severed diplomatic ties with the Gulf nation.  The original list of countries in the coalition against...

  • Moroccans spend Laylat al-Qadr, the 26th day of Ramadan, at the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca.
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    Ramadan: Not just Abstinence from Daily Intakes 

    By Abdellatif Oudra Rabat - The observance of Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam, compels Muslims to fast from sunrise to sunset. But it is not just about abstaining from food or drink.  Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is observed in commemoration of the revelation of Qur’an to the prophet Mohammad,...

  • Morocco Threatens to Terminate Agriculture Agreement with Europe
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    Morocco and the EU: Managing the Future

    Rabat - Morocco enjoys proximity to Europe and is at an advantage of being favoured by the European Union as a close partner on political, economic, and cultural levels. Historical archives and political legacies tie Morocco directly with at least three influential European countries: France, Spain, and England. Demography, kinship, and immigration compel other EU...

  • The Educational and Cultural Implications of the Arab Spring
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    The Educational and Cultural Implications of the Arab 'Spring'

    Rabat - In the last ten years or so, the Arab world has seen unprecedented collapses in the realms of politics and economy, among others. World NGOs regularly release area-specific rankings, in which Arab nations commonly rank at the bottom of lists in education, human rights, and income for instance while they top those of...

  • Thousands Hold Peaceful Demonstration in Memory of Mouhcine Fikri
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    Al Hoceima and the Pedagogical Exercise

    Ottawa - What makes a democracy different from non-democracy? This is the classical and historical question asked by philosophers over the centuries and deeply questioned in the discipline of political science. Democracy cannot prevent inequality as the case in the United States where inequality is the highest globally. Democracy cannot stop corruption like in Brazil...