Thursday, August 18, 2011

Morocco, Ramadan In Marrakech


After a short evening rest at my riad, the call to evening prayers is being echoed across the city as I make my way back through the almost deserted souk.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and is very significant to Muslims around the world. It is a time of inner reflection that requires fasting from sunrise to sunset.

As the sunsets, Muslims break their daily fasting with a small meal and then most of them prepare to answer the call of evening prayers.




Sony 032 Main Mosque In Marrakech, Morocco



As I enter Djemma Al Fna, droves of people are heading to the main mosque. The crowd is growing at the mosque into the thousands as readings and announcements continue to be broadcast over loud speakers.

Inside the mosque is filled to capacity but there is a huge outside area where the faithful men and women are separated during prayers.

As an almost full moon hangs over a blacken sky, it is a sight to witness as thousands in unison observe an important tradition of their faith.




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