Family life in Morocco.
A day in Morocco.
When you walk through a Moroccan market, you get a rush of hundreds of spices and vast amounts of aromas knocking on the door of your sense of smell. In Morocco, you do not shop for one week or month at a time. A trip to the market is a daily event! It’s loud and packed to the rim with varieties of clothing, food, spices and prepared foods. You might even bring a live chicken or goat home that day.
Your live food is slaughtered in a particular manner that respects God and the animal. A prayer is said, and the throat is slit and the blood is drained. This also helps reduce the animals stress level, it’s very calm and peaceful.
Allah receives his prayers from devout Muslims in Morocco five times a day. You will know when it is time because a man will call out from a tower near the Mosque to let you know. Most likely your entire household will follow suit in prayer.
Your family is the most tightest bond you will form in life in Morocco. They will help you without question and you will do the same for them. The love for your parents is so great you would work as many jobs as it took to support them in their old age. Your nephews and nieces look up to you as if you were their own parents and they do not question your word. Generosity is key to your religion and your moral beliefs. A house guest is always treated as king or queen and you will share everything you have with them. You learn a lot from your family and appreciate their advice.
Your education means everything to you. There is fierce competition for work and even students with bachelor degrees may not ever find a job. It all comes down to who you know. You strive for the best grades and most students will assist teachers in any way they can to gain favoritism. If you're lucky and you achieve your goals and good grades, the King may send a driver to your house so that you may meet him at the palace. This honor is only reserved for the best of students. You're always careful not to boast so you don't draw attention to the envious evil eye.
You may have the Hand of Fatima around your neck to help you keep all evil and unwanted bad luck away. You refrain from jealousy as often as you can. You know that Allah would not approve. Instead you are happy for others and say “Hamdullah” and smile genuinely and speak sincerely. If you do get into a serious discussion you may raise your voice, but you are not angry; this is just how conversation works and it is quite normal for you.
You're off to your parents house this Friday. Today is when the family will get together and have couscous with lamb! You will probably bang on a hand drum and everyone will join in and sing for about an hour after dinner. Then Mom will bring out some mint tea for everyone. The more foam in your glass the better the tea will be! Mom better pour from about one and a half feet from the tea cup to succeed! Most of you will go for a walk through the neighborhood after, it will be a cool night and the stars will appear like diamonds in the night sky. You will probably end your night on your flat roof top feeding the rabbits you're raising and just gazing into the night. Before turning in you will appreciate all that you have and say one final prayer to Allah and thank him.