Though not customary
for most Muslims, the tradition of marabouts, or saints, and intercessory
prayer continues to be observed in Morocco.
People seeking healing, aid or enlightenment visit the tombs of
such notables to gather in prayer. http://www.magharebia.com/
The koubba is a burial ground
and is seen as a holy ground. People make informal pilgrimages
to the Marabout to reflect on life or to seek
spiritual enlightenment.Some Marabouts is also visited because
of the belief that the Marabout has miraculous healing powers,
seeking Baraka (the beneficent
force from God that flows through the physical and spiritual spheres
as prosperity, protection, and happiness)
See also: Essaouira history:
"Baraka refers to spiritual
power that manifests in the form of a blessing or good fortune,
similar to the concept of good karma in Buddhism.
Murabitin are the individuals who possess good
Baraka, similar to the concept of sainthood in Catholicism.
Baraka may rub off on individuals who
spend time with Murabitin. Also, most
villages and medina neighborhoods have a fortune-teller who will
charge to offer a vision, provide a remedy, or put a curse on
someone. When news travels that pagan practices are taking place,
Muslim missionaries will travel to the area to stop them and bring
the people back to Islam."
Famous are the seven saints of Marrakech, usually called Sbaatou Rijal (the "seven men" ) but also a number of holy women are 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 ...
see also art symbols about the number seven!
The shrine of Sidi
Jacoub and Sidi
is visited by the Regraga
on their yearly Douar.
"Small dome-shaped temples are constructed
for the Murabitin after their death, as they
are thought to continue exuding spiritual power. Individuals seeking
blessings, such as a woman who wishes to become pregnant, make
pilgrimages to Murabitin temples."