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Portraits of Moroccans by Spanish artist José Tapiro y Baro (1830-1913) 

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Zoom “The ego (nafs) always refuses what we impose on it and begins to transmit suggestions to enable it to go far into what can satisfy it. The Path has the opposite effect: when something attracts us towards the lower world, the path prevents us from answering the call." Sidi Hamza

The ego (nafs) always refuses what we impose on it and begins to transmit suggestions to enable it to go far into what can satisfy it. The Path has the opposite effect: when something attracts us towards the lower world, the path prevents us from answering the call." Sidi Hamza

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The Regraga, Berbers and Islam

The Regraga are a sub-tribe of the Berber Masmuda. They come from the Jbel Hadid Mountains and introduced Islam to the region. As well as a tribe, they also appear to act like a Sufi order, with organised worship and Dhikr gatherings.

Today, there is an annual musem of the Regraga, which is a large journey effectuated annually by the Chiadma clans of the Jbel Hadid and the Haha clans southeast of Essaouira. It takes place in spring and lasts 40 days. During these weeks, pilgrims visit a series of local graves belonging to Saints, from the mouth of the Tensift river south of Safi, to the northern outskirts of the High Atlas, including the city of Essaouira itself. They are led by two groups that effectuate a kind of round trip, stopping at every mausoleum on the way. One must dress at every grave a tent made of fan palm fibres and dyed with henna, the other one arrives in procession with a muqaddim (religious leader) riding a white horse.

The spiritual dimension to the journey is immense with Dhikr gatherings, prayers and the sharing of food at various points. The Berbers of the region hold the Regraga in high regard and show much love to the travellers on their arrival. According to Sidi Ahmed Nassour, the Moqaddim of Akarmoud, the story behind it is as follows:

When Sayyidina Isa (Jesus) (as) was sentenced to crucifixion, four of his disciples took a boat and sailed to the shores of Morocco. Their names were Hamij, Harid, Hirt and Alkama. They reached land and settled near Akarmoud where they lived for a long time.

Before his ascension to heaven, Sayyidina Isa (as) had predicted the arrival of the Prophet Sayyidina Mohamed (saw).

In their new found land, these four men had remained Christian. Between them, they had 7 notable descendants. Sidi Ouasmine, Sidi Boubker, Sidi Salah, Sidi Abdallah, Sidi Aissa, Sidi Yalla and Sidi Said. As soon as they heard the news of the revelation to the Prophet (saw), they left to join and swear him allegiance. As they travelled towards Mecca, they were reciting the shahada: ‘La ilaha illalah, Muhamed-ur resul-ullah’. As they arrived, the daughter of the Prophet (saw), Fatima-Zahra (ra) heard them and ran to her father (saw) to inform him. She told him that there were people who were muttering (regragou). He turned to Fatima (ra) and told her that she had just named them ‘Regraga’. The Prophet (saw) told them to return to their land to bring it Islam.

On their return, the seven saints converted all the Berber tribes of the region to Islam. Every year, they toured the land ensuring the people had not apostatized. To this day, their descendants make same journey every year. It is known as the route of Baraka (blessing).

(The above information is drawn from the documentary ‘Les Chemins de la Baraka’)

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Zoom The opening (fath) is the sudden unveiling of the Divine Reality and therefore the end of illusion. It is like a snow ball thrown into the ocean. The snowball symbolizes the ego and the ocean Divine Reality. The snowball is nothing but frozen water; once thrown in the ocean, it becomes liquid and a small drop in the ocean. The ego has only one ephemeral and illusionary existence if we consider it in itself, cut off from its origin. Likewise, the snowball, if one judges it in its present state, at its momentary consistence, it seems very different from water. It appears to be of an original nature, other than that of the ocean; in reality it is nothing but a few drops of water, similar to all other drops in the ocean. There is only one water and many different states of the same water.
Sheikh Sidi Hamza

The opening (fath) is the sudden unveiling of the Divine Reality and therefore the end of illusion. It is like a snow ball thrown into the ocean. The snowball symbolizes the ego and the ocean Divine Reality. The snowball is nothing but frozen water; once thrown in the ocean, it becomes liquid and a small drop in the ocean. The ego has only one ephemeral and illusionary existence if we consider it in itself, cut off from its origin. Likewise, the snowball, if one judges it in its present state, at its momentary consistence, it seems very different from water. It appears to be of an original nature, other than that of the ocean; in reality it is nothing but a few drops of water, similar to all other drops in the ocean. There is only one water and many different states of the same water.

Sheikh Sidi Hamza

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Zoom "Defect and ugliness are not in things or beings, but in the impurity of our vision of them. The more the soul is peaceful, perfect and pure, the more it will become disposed to see in all beings a Luminous Divine manifestation: All is beautiful. Only the non-polished heart of the disciple renders things ugly."
Sheikh Sidi Hamza

"Defect and ugliness are not in things or beings, but in the impurity of our vision of them. The more the soul is peaceful, perfect and pure, the more it will become disposed to see in all beings a Luminous Divine manifestation: All is beautiful. Only the non-polished heart of the disciple renders things ugly."

Sheikh Sidi Hamza

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Zoom The ‘domain of worship’ in Turkey

The ‘domain of worship’ in Turkey

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If the first inward thought is not warded off, it will generate a desire, then the desire will generate a wish, and the wish will generate an intention, and the intention will generate the action, and the action will result in ruin and divine wrath. So evil must be cut off at its root, which is when it is simply a thought that crosses the mind, from which all the other things follow on.
—- Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazzali
Image: Rohtas Fort, Pakistan

toobaa:

If the first inward thought is not warded off, it will generate a desire, then the desire will generate a wish, and the wish will generate an intention, and the intention will generate the action, and the action will result in ruin and divine wrath. So evil must be cut off at its root, which is when it is simply a thought that crosses the mind, from which all the other things follow on.


—- Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazzali

Image: Rohtas Fort, Pakistan

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SubversionDigital Photographyby Miriam SweeneyOriginal: $3,300.00

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Digital Photography
by Miriam Sweeney
Original: $3,300.00

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