According to the Moroccan constitution, Islam is the religion of the state , and the state guarantees freedom of thought, expression, and assembly.
The constitution of Morocco establishes that Islam is the state religion of Morocco , and also grants freedom of thought, expression, assembly, and the right for everyone to “conduct their religious affairs”.
Article 3 of the Moroccan constitution “guarantees to all the free exercise of beliefs”. However, the Moroccan criminal code prohibits conversions to other religions than Islam.
Unlike Iran’s Sunni-majority neighbors with sizable Shiite minorities – such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates – about 99 percent of Morocco’s population are Sunni Muslims and there is only a very small community of Shiite converts in the country.
Morocco first experienced Christianity while under Roman rule, as the Empire converted to the faith in its later years. Many of the pre -Christian religions were then reduced in number as Christianity spread. However, after the arrival of Islam , Christianity ceased to have a significant population in the country.
Islam was first brought to Morocco in 680 by an Arab invasion under the Uqba ibn Nafi, who was a general serving under the Umayyads of Damascus. In 788, The Zaydi Shia Idrisids ruled large parts of Morocco . After several Berbers formed more powerful Islamic dynasties that reigned over the country.
Of the world’s major religions, Christianity is the largest, with more than two billion followers. Christianity is based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and is approximately 2,000 years old.
Almost all Moroccans follow Islam and a large majority are Sunni Muslims , belonging to the Maliki school of Islamic jurisprudence. Other minority religions include Christianity , Judaism and Bahaism .
Muslims account for about 99% of Morocco’s population, so it’s no surprise that its practices and philosophy dictate most aspects of daily life. The Arabic word ” Islam ” literally means “submission to God,” and the core of the faith is the belief that there is only one God (Allah) who should be worshiped.
Some Moroccans believe themselves to be of mixed Arab-Berber descent or of Arab-Berber-Andalusian ancestry. There are no official figures about the exact ethnic origins of all Moroccans , but the implicitly accepted idea inside and outside Morocco is that Moroccans are essentially mixed Arab-Berbers.
There are a number of languages of Morocco . The two official languages are Standard Arabic and Tamazight. According to a 2012 study by the Government of Spain, 98% of Moroccans spoke Moroccan Arabic, 63% spoke French, 43% Amazigh, 14% spoke English , and 10% spoke Spanish.
Although alcohol is considered haram (prohibited or sinful) by the majority of Muslims , a significant minority drinks , and those who do often outdrink their Western counterparts. Among drinkers, Chad and a number of other Muslim -majority countries top the global ranking for alcohol consumption.
The Spanish protectorate in Morocco was established on 27 November 1912 by a treaty between France and Spain that converted the Spanish sphere of influence in Morocco into a formal protectorate. Spanish protectorate in Morocco .
|Spanish Protectorate in Morocco Protectorado español en Marruecos الحماية الإسبانية على المغرب|
March 30, 1912