Moroccan
Worldview - Religion

      The official Religion of Morocco is Islam. About 99% of the population is Muslim while Christianity and Judaism make up about 1% of the population though this percentage is quickly decreasing. The conversion to Islam occurred at the same time as the Arab invasion of Morocco in 7th Century AD. Prior to this time, Morocco mostly consisted of Berbers who were free to practice any faith they pleased. Today, the people of Morocco are still free to practice whatever faith they please but the majority chooses to practice Islam. Many of the fundamental societal rules are based on the guidelines of the Koran, but are not enforced by law.

The faith of Islam is based on five pillars, which are considered the foundation of any muslims life. They are:

    Faith or belief inthe Oneness of God and the finality of the prophethood of       Muhammad
    Establishment of the daily prayers
    Concern for and almsgiving to the needy
    Self-purification through fasting
    The pilgrimage to Mecca for those who are able

Information on this page was retrieved from web pages listed in the Bibliography