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Morocco: Hands off my Muezzin!

Robin des Blogs received over a dozen comments on his post about a minister in the Moroccan government who has asked muezzins in mosques adjoining tourist areas not to do the call to prayer.

The post's title, “Touches pas à mon muezzin” [Hands off my muezzin], which received numerous reader comments, plays off of the now well-known slogan “Touche pas à mon pays” [Hands off my country], a popular, predominantly youth movement to discourage Islamic fundamentalism.

Sur mon [ancien] Blog, j’avais répondu à Karim Boukhari, du magazine telquel sur la même question dont je vais parler, aujourd’hui, mais ce qu’il a dit lui est franchement tres bénin comparé à ce qu’a demandé Mme Nouzha Skalli, la ministre du developpement social, de la famille et de la solodarité (ouf!).

Madame la ministre, et lors d’une réunion du gouvernement, a en fait, delaissé ses prérogatives et s’est lancée dans un discours incompatible avec ses fonctions, tout d’abord, et rudement vexant pour tout musulman; que ce soit dans ce cher pays ou de part le monde.

On my old blog I responded to Karim boukhari, from the magazine Telquel on the same question I'm going to talk about today, but what he said is frankly pretty benign compared to what Madame Nouzha Skalli, Minister of Social Development, the Family and Solidarity (phew!) has asked for.

During a governmental meeting, Madame the Minister neglected her prerogatives and launched herself into a speech incompatible with her functions, first of all, and rudely vexing for every Muslim, be it in this dear country or anywhere in the world.

De quoi ça s’agit? Rien de spécial, sauf peut etre que la charmante dame a demandé au ministre des affaires islamiques d’uniformiser l’horaire de l’appel à la prière ( al adan) , aisni tous les muezzins du Maroc seront synchronisés, et aussi d’abolir l’appel à la prière d’ALFAJR dans les mosquées juxtaposées aux hotels et aux complexes touristiques. Rien que ça?!!

Selon elle, le muezzin dérange les gwer qui n’aiment pas être reveillés aux aurores et que par conséquent, cela nuit gravement aux projets touristiques au Maroc. Non mais je rêve?!! Iwa pkoi pas abolir l’aid El Adha qui froisse BB, le Ramadan qui derange aussi les goinfres, et tiens tout l’islam et faire du Maroc un vrai plusbopaysdumonde, sans identité, sans culture, et sans souverainneté et tout ça pour que jean paul profite un max de son sommeil payé en devises, et du coup de son séjour ici bas.

What was it about? Nothing special, except perhaps that the charming lady asked the Minister of Islamic Affairs to standardize the time schedule for the call to prayer (al adan), such that all of Morocco's muezzins would be synchronized, and would also abolish the call to prayer of ALFAJAR in mosques next to hotels and touristic complexes. Oh, is that all?!!

According to her, the meuzzin bothers the gwer [plural of gawri, “foreigner”] who don't like being woken up at the crack of dawn and consequently, this is greatly harming Morocco's plans for increasing tourism. Are you kidding me?!! Great, then why not get rid of Aid El Adha which rankles BB [French actress Brigitte Bardot, an animal rights activist], Ramadan that also bothers those who like to pig out, and hey, all of Islam, and make Morocco a real mostbeautifulcountryintheworld, without identity, without culture and without sovereignty and all so Jean Paul can get the most from his sleep paid for in hard cash, and from his trip down here.

Mais Madame, l’appel a la prière est une chose sacrée et le décalage des minutes est une merveille d’ALLAH qui fait que le ADAN ne finit pas de retenir de part le monde, et ce durant les 24 heures, car quand un muezzin dit La Ilaha Illa Allah, un autre dit Allahou akbar plus loin… et il n’ya pas de priere sans ADAN de toutes façons. Sinon comment voulez-vous que L’imam appelle les gens à prier dans ces mosquées là? Il les Bipe?… En plus et même en europe, aux etats unis ou autres pays où l’islam n’est pas la religion officielle, ou même laïques , les muezzins appellent à toutes les prières et n’ont jamais reçu de réclamations, ni personne n’a demandé à les faire taire. Alors comment osez-vous dire ce genre de conneries dans un pays musulman, avec sang froid et sans scrupules ?

Arretez SVP d’empoisonner notre vie avec votre charlatanisme politique de pacotille et faites nous le plaisir de respecter ce pays, sa religion et surtout les sentiments de ce peuple qui n’attends plus rien de vous. Enfin pas encore!

But Madame, the call to prayer is a sacred thing and the time difference in minutes is a marvel of ALLAH which makes it so that the ADAN is uttered at any given time somewhere in the world in a 24 hours period, for when a muessin says La Ilaha Illa Allah, another says Allahou Akbar further away…and there is no prayer without ADAN anyway. Otherwise how would you like the imam to call people to prayer in those mosques? You want him to beep them?…Furthermore and even in Europe, in the U.S. or other countries where Islam isn't an official religion, or even where there is no official religion, the muezzins call for all the prayers and have never received any complaints, nor has anyone asked them to be silent. So how can you dare to say this kind of crap in a Muslim country, with sang froid and without scruples?

Please stop poisoning our lives with your worthless political charlatanism and do us the favor of respecting this country, its religion and above all the sentiments of its people who expect nothing else from you. Or at least not yet!

17 comments

  • leiloula

    Nouzha Skalli only asked another minister if the intensity of the call was regulated. She never talked about tourists or anything like that. She issued a disclaimer that you should read. She’s a really responsible woman and never would have said such a thing

  • jean

    You must read it..

    Following the publication of a number of articles in different daily and weekly newspapers and on some electronic sites attributing to me unfounded statements on an alleged ban of the call to Al-Fajr prayer, I deem it necessary to, categorically and formally, deny having uttered or even thought of such statements.

    Unfortunately, some publications have delivered untrue, defamatory and irresponsible information to national and international public opinion, without even taking the trouble to abide by the most elementary duty of a journalist which consists in checking the source and veracity of this information. It is indeed unconceivable to let anyone believe that a member of government from a centuries-old Muslim country such as the Kingdom of Morocco may even consider the very idea of banning the call to Al-Fajr prayer.

  • jean

    DISCLAIMER

    Following the publication of a number of articles in different daily and weekly newspapers and on some electronic sites attributing to me unfounded statements on an alleged ban of the call to Al-Fajr prayer, I deem it necessary to, categorically and formally, deny having uttered or even thought of such statements.

    Unfortunately, some publications have delivered untrue, defamatory and irresponsible information to national and international public opinion, without even taking the trouble to abide by the most elementary duty of a journalist which consists in checking the source and veracity of this information. It is indeed unconceivable to let anyone believe that a member of government from a centuries-old Muslim country such as the Kingdom of Morocco may even consider the very idea of banning the call to Al-Fajr prayer.

  • Leiloula and Jean,
    thank you for bringing Ms. Skalli’s statement and disclaimer to the forum. It would be lovely if you could please include the source of these statements.

    I’m glad to have this other side to the story, however, my principal duty with GV is to translate what the francophone Moroccan blogosphere is talking about, which is what I did with the resources I had available.
    Thank you for reading and commenting.

  • jean

    Madame La Ministre est totalement correcte

    Suite à la parution d’articles dans différents quotidiens, hebdomadaires et sites électroniques, m’attribuant des propos fallacieux, concernant une prétendue interdiction de l’appel à la prière d’Al Fajr, je me vois dans l’obligation de démentir catégoriquement et formellement avoir proféré ou même songé à de tels propos.

    Malheureusement, certains organes de presse ont livré à l’opinion publique nationale et internationale des informations fausses, calomnieuses et irresponsables, sans même avoir pris la peine de procéder au plus élémentaire devoir d’un journaliste qui est la vérification de la source d’information. Il est en effet inconcevable de laisser croire qu’un (ou une) membre du gouvernement d’un pays musulman, depuis des siècles comme le Royaume du Maroc puisse même songer à l’idée d’interdire l’appel à la prière d’Al fajr

  • leiloula

    Hi,
    you can find the official disclaimer on the first page of her website :
    http://www.nouzhaskalli.net/
    Unfortunately, it is the french version but I’ve read the english version and it is the one that jean posted.

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