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A Tale of Three Cities: A look at Wonderful Ramadan Experience

Istanbul - Ramadan, the most beloved time of the year for Muslims, is a unique experience. From Cairo to Istanbul, Bangalore to New York, followers of the beautiful religion of Islam mark this auspicious time of the year with great joy and excitement. Although similar in essence, Muslims across the world have different traditions and practices in celebrating the spirit of Ramadan. Now let’s take a brief loo ...

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Two Foreigners Convert to Islam in Marrakech’s Koutoubia Mosque

Rabat - A German woman and an Ivorian man converted to Islam on Monday and Wednesday, respectively. The Shahada is the Arabic word for this Muslim profession of faith and serves as the Islamic faith’s first pillar. This entails one’s affirmation that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. The two converts proclaimed the latter in the presence of thousands of worshippers in K ...

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Paris Hilton to Sue Host of Prank Show for ‘Emotional Distress’

Raba- Paris Hilton is allegedly moving forward with suing Egyptian actor Ramez Galal, who hosts a prank show called “Ramez in Control”, for emotional distress. Paris Hilton was reportedly furious over the stunt. Ramez Galal and his crew fooled her into thinking that the plane she was on was going to crash. Tricked into thinking she was taking part of an Egyptian TV show, 34-year old American socialite agree ...

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In Pictures: Morocco 100 Years Ago

Taroudant - In Pictures: Morocco 100 Years Ago Like any country in the world, Morocco has rapidly developed and has renovated its cities which, until the beginning of the 20th century were mostly rural with limited buildings and facilities. These photos will take the reader in a nostalgic trip back to the beginning of the last century when some big Moroccan cities were partially agricultural fields. The pho ...

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A Glimpse into the Soul of Morocco

New York- I landed in Casablanca early in the morning exhausted from my trip from New York. My plans to sleep during the flight in order to arrive fresh and energized were ruined by an airplane full of crying babies. I was not in the best of moods when I deplaned and all I wanted was a quiet room and a bed. However, since my hotel was in Rabat, this was still a far away reality. But something strange happen ...

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A Night in the Sahara: Camels, Cars and Shooting Stars

Rabat - It is not every day that one finds themselves sitting between the two humps of a camel, looking out at the afternoon sun setting over miles of powdery-soft sand dunes, following a beaten path toward a campsite in the middle of the Sahara Desert.   But for adventurous travelers visiting Morocco, a camel trek to the Zagora or Merzouga desert regions of the Sahara desert brings that very scene, plus mu ...

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Five Traditions That Moroccans Cherish in Ramadan

By Sara Elhamdaoui Rabat - Ramadan is the month of spirituality, prayer, charity, and abstention from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset. The spirituality of the holy month also carries with it elements of Moroccan tradition dating centuries. Aspects of cultural traditions are linked to the observance of Ramadan. as it is a unique and essential time of the year when people are eager to openly celebr ...

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Ramadan in Morocco: Demons Are Nothing But Evil Human Souls

Rabat - Moroccans and Muslims believe that during Ramadan demons are chained to let people practice their prayers, contemplate their supplications to God, and indulge in charitable work. The irony is that during Ramadan, people avoid social interactions for fear of having arguments, while criminal acts surge and street fights proliferate. When I visited the university hospital in Fez to check on a family me ...

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Free Wi-Fi in Tangier Public Gardens

By Hajar Jannad Rabat - On the occasion of the 5th edition of the “salon regional du livre” held in Tangier from June 22 to 28 , Fouad El-Omari, the city’s mayor, announced that starting in July free outdoor Wi-Fi will be provided in public parks throughout the city. An outdoor public wireless internet network–available free of charge and lasting an hour–was already launched in Casablanca in collaboration w ...

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Morocco’s Chefchaouen Inspires Facebook’s Founder Mark Zukerberg

Rabat - Facebook has announced it is adding new features to the Instagram experience. The CEO of the social media giant, Mark Zukerberg, announced on Tuesday 'big improvements' to the online social networking service Instagram to help users discover trending landmarks and areas. In addition to Yosemite National Park in California, Zukerberg also shared on his official Facebook page pictures of the city of C ...

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Ramadan Survival Kit for Tourists and Non-Muslims in Morocco

Rabat - June 18th officially marks the start of Ramadan in many countries around the world, including Morocco. For the next month, practicing Muslims will participate in a period of fasting—but contrary to popular belief, a lot more is sacrificed during Ramadan than just food. During the holy month, Muslims are encouraged to abstain from their physical and mental desires to focus on spiritual reflection, pa ...

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Exploring Chefchaouen: Taking The Blue City by the Horns

Rabat - Featured repeatedly on top tourist sites such as Lonely Planet and Trip Advisor as a multifaceted travel destination, Morocco’s “Blue City” has mesmerized Moroccans and tourists alike for ages. Chefchaouen, better known as Chaoen by the locals, offers stunning views of the Rif Mountains, adventurous hikes to Mother Nature’s hidden masterpieces, and a medina adorned with shops selling jewelry, trinke ...

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