Essaouira Mogador is a town at the Atlantic coast of Morocco
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Symbols in Mogador

Symbols of Morocco

Symbols of Islam

Symbols of Imazighen

Traditional symbols

Number symbols




Symbols in Mogador Essaouira

 

Barakat Mohammed

 

Barakat Mohammed

Arabic calligraphy and reads “Barakat Mohammed. The meaning in English:
" blessing of Mohammed – prophet of Islam".

It is dating from 18th century at the foundation of the town by the Sultan Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah al-Qatib ( Mohammed III c. 1710-1790), calling about divine protection of the town.

 

 

Symbols on door portals in Mogador

The Star of David

 

Rose with eight petals, thus Arab and Muslim

 

Star Hanchane
A five pointed star also called the arabic star
on a house in Hanchane

 

6 petal flower
Hanchane

Six petal flower, symbol of love.
Aphrodite´s Flower representing the Godess and Divine sexual energy. The number six is associated with femininity and considered a perfect and Divine number.

The solar mandala

The "Seed of Life" (Egg of life, Solar Mandala) is formed from seven circles being placed with sixfold symmetry, forming a pattern of circles and lenses, which act as a basic component of the Flower of Life's design. The Seed of Life is a symbol depicting the seven days of creation in which the Judeo-Christian God created life.

Flower of life

The Flower of Life (Creation Mandala) is the modern name given to a geometrical figure composed of multiple evenly-spaced, overlapping circles. They are arranged to form a flower-like pattern with a sixfold symmetry, similar to a hexagon. The center of each circle is on the circumference of six surrounding circles of the same diameter. It is considered by some to be a symbol of sacred geometry, said to contain ancient, spiritual value depicting the fundamental forms of space and time.

The six petals are said to symbolize the six days of creation or the six kingdoms: Animal, Human, Plant, Mineral, Angelic and Unknown. The Flower of Life has the same shape as a snowflake symbolizing water which is essential to all life. Another possibility is that the center is based on seven circles - six for the petals and one in the center. Seven is a mystical prime number associated with the Virgin.

 

 

A selection of symbols, carved in sandstone on the portals of doors in the medina.

Intepretation of the symbols.

1. The Star of David, a Jewish home. Under the star, two symmetrical elements, which symbolizes the living couple in this house, but having the form almost as a scorpion to move away the bad eye and the evil.

2. With the Rose with four petals, this house belongs to Christians. At bottom in form of two signs, face to face, symbol of love of thoose which lives this house.

3. Without star and religious membership, Two interlaced sheets which symbolize love of the couple owner of the house and in the medium the incipient flower which symbolizes their offspring.

4. Five snakes guards in top and an eye in lower part, It is a Muslim house since the five is crowned for them and the snake protects from the evil eye in lower part, plus two other symmetrical snakes which symbolize the couple residing in this residence and which keep between them the Star with five branch points of Islam.

5. A flower with five petal and seven sheets on the stem, symbol of a Muslim family.

6. A Rose with eight petals Arab, thus Muslim, and with two symmetrical animal forms symbolizing love of the living couple in this house.

7. The Star of David marks the presence of an Jewish family. With two identical and symmetrical forms which symbolize the couple.

8. The date in the middle; an eye to stop the evil eye, With two identical and symmetrical sides from the same family.

9. The Rose with eight petals, thus Arab and Muslim, with two branches of symmetrical olive-trees which symbolize that the couple which saw lives peacefully. The olive-tree being the symbol of peace or a couple which triumphs insofar as these branches are carried by the winners in reward.

 

Pentgram

The pentagram on the Moroccan flag
was introduced in 1912, when Morocco was placed under French protectorate.

Fivepoint star on mosque Sidi Magdoul

Fivepoint star
The mosque Sidi Magdoul

 

Eight point star Khatam

Khatim
Khatim

The eight-point star as a symbol marks early human understanding of the intellegent order that underlies our universe. Today, it carries religous and mystical associations. Known as the khatim (seal of the prophets)
in Islamic cultures.


The star of David

The star of David

L’Étoile de David – La Maguen David
( Dafina.net External link)


See also below:
The Seal of Melchizedek


 

the Flower of Life by Leonardo da Vinci'

Six petal symbols framed by a Hexagram.
Drawings of the Flower of Life
by Leonardo da Vinci's 15 century C.

 

 

The seal of Solomon on a moroccan coin

Seal of Solomon on obverse of Moroccan 4 falus coin

 

The Seal of Solomon

In Medieval Jewish, Christian and Islamic legends, the Seal of Solomon was a magical signet ring said to have been possessed by King Solomon, which variously gave him the power to command demons, genies (or jinni), or to speak with animals.

 

Flower of life

The flower of life

Symbols


 

Cultural and traditional symbols

 




The Hand of Fatima (Hamsa Hand ) with the evil eye
as decor of Cafe Hendrix Diabat.

According to traditional Islamic culture, the five fingers of Hamsa represent the five requirements of Islam, which are:

1. To profess your faith,
2. Pray,
3. Give Alms,
4. To Fast,
5. To undertake a Pilgrimage to Mecca

The five fingers of Hamsa also represent the prophet's family (ahl al-bayt). Prophet Muhammad represented by the thumb, Ali by forefinger, Fatima by middle finger, Hasan by ring finger and Hussein
by the little finger.

 

 

 

Hamsa Hand - The Hand of Fatima

Hamsa is the hand of Prophet Muhammad's daughter Fatima. It is the symbol of patience, loyalty, faith and resistance against difficulties. According to common belief, it tells of the Fatima's struggle for dignity and her tough life. Thereby, purity, goodness and truth are blessed.
For centuries, Fatima’s Hand has been a powerful talisman for good luck and one of the most popular amulets in the world of Islam for protection. It is hung on the walls of the house as engraving in silver or gold or it is painted in red. It is believed that a house protected by the Hand of Fatima will not catch fire.
In Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia, ornaments of Fatima’s hand have the same meaning as evil eyes. In these countries, the miracle of the hand is given a great deal of importance.

The Fatimas hand on a ship


 

Evil eye colors

Wearing evil eye jewelry is in fashion .
It is said they will keep you protected
while being fashionable.

 

 

 

The evil eye

 

MEANINGS OF COLORS:

RED is the color of love and blood therefore, it is associated with energy, strength, power, determination as well as passion and desire. It is the most powerful color for protection against the Evil eye.

DARK BLUE is the traditional color for good karma, positive energies and protection against the Evil Eye.

LIGHT BLUE is the color of the sky so it symbolizes truth and provides direct protection against the Evil Eye.

 


Some people, life forms and geological formations possess baraka, a blessing from God. Baraka can be transferred to symbols and designs that have protective power to ward off the "evil eye." The "evil eye" is a stare or glance that can bring illness or misfortune to individuals.

 

Decortion of carpet The eye

The evil eye symbol as a pattern on carpets

Souce: The Fabric of Moroccan Life
http://africa.si.edu/exhibits/fabric/eye-symbol.html

 

Zellige pattern

By the middle-ages, the eight-point star is widely used as a symbol in Islamic art. It is called khatim or khatim sulayman, seal of the prophets, as in signet ring. The phrase “seal of the prophets” is also used in the Koran and has particular ideological meaning for Muslims. Moroccan zillij artisans also refer to the eight-point star as sibniyyah, sabniyyah, which is a derivative of the number seven sab’ah.
In the middle the 16 petals fower ...

 

Zellige

Zellige (zillij or zellij) is terra cotta tilework covered with enamel in the form of chips set into plaster. It is one of the main characteristics of the Moroccan architecture.
Zellige is typically a series of patterns utilizing colorful geometric shapes. This framework of expression arose from the need of Islamic artists to create spatial decorations that avoided depictions of living things, consistent with the teachings of Islamic law.

 

 

 

 

Decorated door

Detail of door dedoration, Marrakech, Morocco.

This piece of wood decoration displays in the center the 12 petals "niloufar" (Persian meaning lotus or water lily), a representation of the purity of heart and mind. The Suddha "heart" chakra is associated with air and a 12-petalled red lotus (in Kundalini practise)


Symbols of Imazighen (Berbers)

 

 

 

yaz Ancient berber script

yaz [z]

Amazigh (Free Man) or "Berber" Symbol

Amazigh symbol on roadstone

 

Graffiti Mella Essaouira Medina

YAZ Graffiti
Mellah
Essaouira Medina

 

 

Berber signs

The ancient Berber script, Tifinagh, was developed around 500 BC, from the Pheonicians.

The Symbol represents Freedom seen by the Imazighen of North Africa. It was used in the war as a weapon and also represents the last letter 'Z' of the Tifinagh Alphabet. It is called the AZA sign of the Imazighen people used in the middle of the Amazigh flag.

Berber flag

The flag is composed of blue, green, and yellow horizontal bands of the same height, and a Tifinagh letter yaz or aza.

Each color corresponds to an aspect of Tamazgha, the territory inhabited by Berbers in North Africa:

blue represents the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean;
green represents nature and the green mountains;
yellow represents the sands of the Sahara Desert.
The yaz symbolizes the "free man", which is the meaning of the Berber word amazigh, the Berbers' own name for themselves. It is in red, the color of life, and also the color of resistance.

The Berber flag thus symbolizes the entire Amazigh people, living in harmony with their land, Tamazgha.

 

 

 

Piled stones at the countryside

 

 

Territorial

Haha

 

 

 

 

 

 

Owners sign on dromedar in the lagoon forest

The owner's sign of the dromedars. Lagoon forest.


Symbols of Morocco

 

 

 

National flag of the Kingdom of Morocco

Current since 1915-11-17
created by Yusef of Morocco

 

National flag and state ensign
of Morocco

The flag of Morocco is made of a red field with a black-bordered green pentagram. Red has considerable historic significance in Morocco, proclaiming the descent of the royal Alaouite family from the Prophet Muhammad via Fatima, the wife of Ali, the fourth Muslim Caliph.The red background on the Moroccan flag represents hardiness, bravery, strength and valour, while the green, five-pointed star represents the Solomon’s seal.

 

Coat of arms of Morocco

Coat of arms of Morocco

The current coat of arms of Morocco (formally; the royal coat of arms) was introduced 14 August 1957. It was developed by the graphic artists Gauthier and Hainaut and shows a green pentagram on a red background before the Atlas Mountains and a rising sun. The royal crown is on top. Two lions function as the holders of the shield. The ribbon underneath, the Arabic inscription is written: (If you glorify God, he will glorify you) (Qur'an, Verse 7, Sura 47).

 

The Atlas Lion

Lion on Moroccan stamp

 

TIDE 1969

Publicite Tide 1969 (Video from Dafina.net)

 

 

The Lion

The Barbary Lion (Panthera leo leo), often considered the national emblem of Morocco.

The last known Barbary lion in the wild was shot in the Atlas Mountains in 1922.

The national fotball team of Morocco is called " The Lions of the Atlas"


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Classic TIDE advertisment from 1969

Thanks to the mother's advice about the new detergent TIDE succeeds wife with the white laundry!


 

 

 

 

 


Symbols of Islam

 

Allah painted on the door to  the tomb of Sidi Yacoub

Allah
painted on the door to the tomb of Sidi Yacoub

 

Allah in arabic

 


ALLAH
The name of God

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The word Allah, in Arabic.
1. alif
2. hamzat wa
3. lam
4. lam
5. shadda
6. alif khanjariyya
7. ha

 

 

Green flags
Regraga in Essaouira
Detail of painting by Roman Lazarev

 

The color green

The color green has a special place in Islam. It is used in the decoration of mosques, the bindings of Qur'ans, the silken covers for the graves of Sufi saints, and in the flags of various Muslim countries. Green has been associated with Islam for many centuries. The color green was the color used by Muhammad’s tribe on their flags. According to Muslims the color green symbolizes nature and life. In the Qur'an (Surah 76:21), it is said that the inhabitants of paradise will wear green garments of fine silk. The color green has been considered especially Islamic for centuries.
Crusaders avoided using any green in their coats of arms, so that they could not possibly be mistaken for their Muslim opponents in the heat of battle.

 

 

Crescent of a mosque

Crescent at the mosque of Frina

Green Crescent sign of pharmacy

Pentagram and moon  crescent
The green pentagram and the moon crescent on a ship

 

The crescent

An Islamic symbol , the crescent as a religious symbol has joined the ranks of the Christian cross and the Jewish star of David.

Before Islam, the crescent was the symbol of Sassanids and after capturing Persian lands, the crescent has been adopted by Muslim Arabs and later by Islamic faith.

Note that in the case of an astronomical crescent, such as the moon observed in the sky, the outer arc will be 180° (a half-circle as previously mentioned), while the Islamic crescent symbol (hilal) is generally shown with an outer arc significantly greater than 180° (as seen in the illustrations here).

The crescent was not a symbol used for Islam by Muhammad, as Islam is against appointing "Holy Symbols" (so that during the early centuries of Islam, Muslim authorities simply didn't want any geometric symbols to be used to symbolize Islam, in the way that the cross symbolizes Christianity, the menorah was a commonly-occurring symbol of Judaism, etc.). This is why early Islamic coins were covered with Arabic writing, but contained no visual symbols.

The crescent is Islam’s accidental symbol most commonly associated with pharmacy. Morocco alternates between green crosses and green crescents.


The Seal of Melchizedek

Sybol on doorportal in Hanchane

Symbol on door portal in Hanchane
Six petal flower inscribed in two squares, 45 degrees offset,
creating an eight-point star
. The Seal of Melchizedek is the symbol of Christ.
The meaning of The Seal of Melchizedek
(External link)


Sandstone symbol

Seven snakes?

Decoration Door portal Sandstone

The hand of Fatima

Decoration on fishing boat


Graffiti Rue Iraq Detail

Graffiti Rue Iraq Detail

Graffiti Rue Iraq Detail

Graffiti Rue Iraq Detail

See this graffiti on the wall here

A symbol of this type used by the Japanese emperor has 16 petals. "Flower signs" with this number of "petals" were also used in the Euphrates culture around 2000 B.C. The sign appears with 12 petals on a procession relief in Persepolis, dated back to around 500 B.C., on a bronze mirror from about 200 B.C. in China, and on a wall painting from Benin, Africa, and the sixteenth century.

Number symbols

Number seven in religion and mythology.

The seven saints of Marrakech, usually called Sbaatou Rijal (the "seven men" *)
The theologian Abderrahman al-Hamadani said that God created seven heavens, seven stars, seven earths and the hell with seven floors and seven gates. He added that God had adorned the world of seven words - la-ilaha-illa-allah Mohamed-Rasoul Allah ("There is no God but Allah, Muhammad is the prophet of God") - and the world in seven provinces .

When a woman gives birth, she must withdraw with her ??newborn in the room where the delivery took place during a period of seven days, and the child is baptized at the seventh day.

During circumcision, a circumcised child and his mother make a seven-day retreat in a room of the house because circumcision is considered a "second birth".

Similarly, after the wedding, the couple are isolated for seven days in the bridal chamber. This practice would provide, according to Mohammed Boughali essayist, "to prevent the secret wife disrupt domestic harmony by the power that it brings" until "space which it has been integrated is used to his presence. "

Finally, after his return from the pilgrimage to Mecca, the pilgrim cloister seven days in his room.

*) A number of holy women are also worshiped. Celebrated by the Gnawa brotherhood in Fez, Lalla Mimouna is probably the best known. But Lalla R'Kia is sought by many women who are unable to have children. Lalla Mahla is itself famous for its beauty and scholarship. Sometimes these women have become holy simply because their marabouts fathers had no male offspring ...

Maroc: à la découverte des sept saints de Marrakech (Dafina.net)

 

 

 


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External links

Flag of Morocco
Wiki

Coat of arms of Morocco
Wiki

Pentagram
Wiki

The Barbary Lion
Wiki

Hamsa Hand
The Hand of Fatima in Islamic Religiion and Culture

Le symbol de la khamsa
Dafina.net

Symbols of Islam
Wiki

Allah
Wiki

Morocco Historical Flags

Berber Symbols and Tattoos

Berber Symbols

Berber flag

Eight-point Star Symbol

Origins and Meanings of the Eight-Point Star

The Seal of Solomon

The meaning of
The Seal of Melchizedek

Flower of Life

Star of David
Wiki

The Fabric of
Moroccan life
carpet symbols