Spiritual

Fes

The Tijaniya Zaouya

Ahmed ‘Tijany founded the Tijaniya Zaouya in 1782. This path’s doctrine was based on the teachings of the Quran and the Sunna of the Prophet Mohammed. The ‘Tijany way, Al-Tariqah Al-Tijaniya in Arabic, is the most widespread Muslim brotherhood in Africa. 

During a spiritual retreat at one of the oases in Boussemghoun, Algeria, Ahmed ‘Tijani had a vision of the prophet of Islam, ordering him to abandon his affiliations and to be his next intercessor. The authorities became concerned and started putting an effort in monitoring the self-acclaimed, prophet intercessor. Ahmed ‘Tijany planned his exile to Morocco after he got anxious about the Algerian government’s constant concern.

Fes’ koranic schools

The Koranic schools, or Medersas, play a vital role in Moroccan heritage. Morocco’s brightest minds went through these Medersas. The late King, Hassan II, had declared that every single child should be taught at a koranic school before proceeding to a regular-curriculum one. 

Besides the teachings of the Quran and theology, the Medersas of Fes contains ancient archives that belong to Moroccans and the Muslim community. These places exhibit true Moroccan-Muslim heritage and must be seen by everyone who visits Fes.

Medrasa Bou inania and Medrasa El-Attarine are two of the most prominent schools of theology and the Quran in the world. Their architecture is breathtaking, and they boast a beautiful appeal that can be enjoyed by everyone. Most of them are built like Riads, with a patio and a fountain in the middle of a roofless centre.

The floor and ceiling tiles are part of Moroccan culture, and most schools are embellished with vibrant tiles that brighten up the area.

The Derkaouiya Zaouya

Order Derkaoua was created at the end of the 18th-century. Moulay Larbi Dekaoui was born in 1760 and originated from the Bani Zeroual tribe. The Shadili way had great mystic. This Tariqa was spread all around Morocco, with disciples existing to this day. Moulay Larbi passed away in 1824 and was buried in his Zaouya of Bou Brih.

Fatherly proceedings

Moulay Idriss II did not build Fes from the bottom, his father, Moulay Idriss Zehoun began constructing Fez before passing away, and leaving his son to complete it.

Moulay Zerhoun arrived in 789, bringing with him the religion of Islam. He started a new dynasty in Morocco and founded a city that was named after him. This place has a great place in every Moroccan heart, as Moulay Idriss Zerhoun is still revered to this day.

Moulay Idriss Mausoleum

The town of Moulay Idriss is dense with narrow streets. It resembles the medinas in other Moroccan cities and spreads out the same, ancient, joyous vibe. A few metres away from the Mausoleum of Idriss the first, is a sacred destination that’s dedicated to Muslims only. Moroccans believe that six pilgrimages to the Moulay Idriss Mausoleum are equal to one pilgrimage to Mecca. Another notable landmark is its round minaret, existing only in Morocco.

Those who are fond of photography will certainly appreciate the hills around the Mausoleum. Stunning scenery is provided, with olive groves dotting the countryside and the Saiss Valley that spreads across the town.

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