Religious beliefs in Morocco


The most dominant religion in Morocco is Islam. It is the faith of all Moroccans except a decreasing Jewish community and a small European colony. It also has the highest number of followers in most parts of the country. Practices from earlier religions still exist, even if they have taken a Muslim cloak. In fact, this is an age-old Islamic practice in Morocco, indicating the notion of a holy man, popularly called a “Marabout”.

The constitution of Morocco guarantees freedom of religion, describes the nation as Muslim and the king as the “Amir El Mouminin”, or commander of the faithful. The government especially the ministry of religions foundations (Habus) and Islamic affairs acts to strengthen and support Islam.

Christianity is present in the country and it is the 2nd largest religion in Morocco. It has as many as 100,000 followers or less than 0.3% of the population. Christians in the country are either immigrants or descended directly from the French invaders and settlers in the early times.

Judaism is another important Religious Beliefs in Morocco with a supporter of 5,000 citizens or 0.1% of the population of Morocco. Their total count is decreasing quite fast and heading towards potential extinction.

All in all, the religions existing in Morocco preach lenience, mutual love and friendship among diverse sects, which is essential for peaceful co-existence.