Ramadan in Morocco

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Ramadan is the fourth pillar of Islam and is a month-long divine religious event held yearly in the Islamic world. It is one of the most vital months in Islam. It was a sacred month in the Muslim calendar when the holy Koran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammad PBUH, “peace be upon him.” Moroccans observe Ramadan during the entire lunar month like all Muslims worldwide as they fast each day for the whole month.

Some countries depend on astronomical calculations to predict the date of Ramadan starts. Yet, Morocco follows the traditional way at all times. This is because the officials watch for the first crescent moon to decide if Ramadan will start the following day. This is the most reliable way to decide the start date of the holy month.
Ramadan may seem to some Non-Muslims as the month of hardships and constraints. But in fact, Muslims around the world can wait for Ramadan to start.

Morocco welcomes tourists all year along and including during Ramadan. If you decide to experience Morocco in the month of Ramadan, it will surely be a valuable experience that you will never forget. You will require a lot about the Islamic faith and Moroccan culture alike. You will also gain religious awareness of the Moroccan people during this month. Thus, you will surely have lifelong memories from the experiences you acquire during Ramadan while spending time in Morocco.
It is the month Moroccan families, and friends get together. They create a great atmosphere of joy for both inside the house and outside. You will adore how the city streets are thriving after an “iftar meal—this is where you will experience many street vendors out selling their Ramadan exclusive products.

What Are Some Facts about Ramadan?

  • It is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar, an annual religious observance. It is the sacred month when the Quran was revealed. Fasting is a religious obligation for both men as for women from puberty.
  • All Muslims around the world impatiently await this month. Moroccans are no exception. Muslims believe Ramadan is the month of mercy as Allah opens his doors of forgiveness and blessings.
  • It is the month for Muslims to reflect on their deeds and make an honest effort to improve in every aspect. They ask for repentance and forgiveness from their creator. It is also the month for strengthening faith, time of reflection, and time of soul-searching.
  • All the good deed that is done during Ramadan create a strong connection with Allah. Thus, for Muslims, this is one reason behind such joyful anticipation and eagerness for Ramadan to get started.

What Are some Practices Moroccans Practice During Ramadan?

  • The fasting runs from before sunrise to sunset. Before starting to fast each day, Muslims first get up early in the morning before dawn. They eat a meal together and stop eating before calling “Athan” for morning prayer called” Fajr.” During the day of fasting, they refrain from drinking, eating, smoking and have intimate relations with their spouse.
  • Family members and friends get together to break their fast after sunset each day. After the last prayer (Tarawih Prayer), Muslims spend part of the night praying, reading the Holy Quran and asking for forgiveness. Some Moroccan stay up all night getting together—they visit each other to create an enjoyable and friendly atmosphere.
  • Kindness and charity are essential throughout the year. Moroccans are very giving people. Muslims get more rewards from Allah when helping support the poor during Ramadan.

Who is Not Allowed to Fast?

  • Pregnant women
  • Menstruating women
  • Breastfeeding women
  • People who travel for more than two hours.
  • Sick people such as people who have diabetes..etc

Unforgettable Experience While Visiting Morocco During Ramadan

Moroccans have great admiration for considerate tourists towards those who are fasting. For you to have a fantastic and unforgettable experience, there are many ways to show your courtesy.
Here are some expected etiquettes that you need to be aware of when you plan to visit Morocco during Ramadan: 

It is imperative to dress modestly and respectfully when visiting Morocco during Ramadan, especially when travelling outside the tourists’ designated spaces.
Here are some of the outfit rules that you may need to be thoughtful about:

  • Wearing tank tops
  • Wearing tight and revealing clothes
  • Wearing sleeveless garments or plunging neckline
  • Wearing body-hugging clothes or see-through clothing
  • Wearing shorts, off-the-shoulder shirts, and wearing above-the-knee-skirts.

Here are some tips for dressing right during your visit to Morocco during Ramadan:

  • Wear loose and comfortable clothing
  • Wear loose linen trousers.
  • Wear a cotton jersey shrug over your sleeveless tops
  • Wear your jeans and pants with tunics or with longer shirts
  • Wear tops and dresses with short or long sleeves

Helpful Tips and Pro-planning

  • Make sure you plan your trip proactively when visiting Morocco during Ramadan. This is because the hours of work for many businesses change during this scared month. These include private business, administration, and tourist attractions location. The hours of work are shortened during this month. Also, be aware that some guided tours are affected during this time.
  • Participating in the “Iftar” meal will be a life long experience. It is an excellent opportunity that you would not want to miss. You will taste all kinds of delicious dishes that are mostly available during this month. So, if a Moroccan family or friend invites you for an “Iftar” meal, take it as you will not regret it.
  • Muslims around the world break their fasting by having an “Iftar” meal. In Morocco, many restaurants and hotels offer the Iftar meal service. They welcome Moroccans and tourists alike.

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