I enjoy watching and listening to our dear vintage Moroccan elders as they advice us. If only we listen.. The first Sheikh reminds me of a family elderly member and neighbor in Oujda called 3ammi Ssa (short for 3ami Abdesslam). Last time when I was visiting Oujda, he came to congratulate my parents for Haj, and he ended up giving us a wonderful speech about how to properly perform Salat and Woudoue. Before he left he made all of us as a group recite the last ten surat from the Quran as he led the recitation with a bold and powerful voice.
The second Sheikh is a totally different character. In both clips, I love the Moroccan accent. I feel like that type of accent is becoming extinct.
I sent the first Sheikh video recently to a friend and I enjoyed what he had to say. I'm sharing his response:
True words of wisdom straight from the source.
Unfornunately I don't think you could see charismatic Sheicks like that in Moroccan mosques anymore. They all look like office workers and mal7oun singers. They are all appointed by the ministry I guess. And from their speech you could smell the directives of Rabat.
One Friday, I prayed with the congregation and I thought that the Khutba would be a reminder to the Moroccans about the good ethics that good Muslim should have, but instead it was a marketing campaign of the Malaki madhab and how the Moroccans are proud of it. It was more like listening to a parlamentarian...
By order from the ministry of religious affairs, the Adhan is not as loud as it used to be. And in the midst of the noise and traffic of large cities, you would hear a low Adhan voice, like a calm and wise call reminding people to get detached from the daily routines and turn to God...
One day while sitting and waiting for the prayers call, a man stading next to me was praying and sobbing. He was trying hard to hold himself, but the speed of his breath was betraying him. I will never forget that.
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