Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Why Moroccan Women? What Makes Moroccan Women So Special



I will soon bring you some of my thoughts with regard to this very interesting subject, the things, the spice and everything nice that "Makes Moroccan Women So Special" and puts them apart from their other Arabian sisters, I found it very difficult - on the internet - to find words articles or decent educative discussions on the matter, which encouraged me to take the initiative and right about this interesting and very intriguing subject "What Makes Moroccan Girls So Special".

Although interesting, the subject lacks proper investigation (Journalistic/Scientific..etc.) and lacks objectivity when discussed, the subject still remain some kind of a general opinion or hype circulating amongst guys and bestows some sort of an aura or mystery or privilege that surrounds our Moroccan sisters, I also discovered that some aspects of the subject are not easy to discuss openly, properly and fairly, and perhaps there is a lot of hype surrounding it, and maybe most of it is just fantasy lurking in the imagination of some, but... too much men from different backgrounds and ethnicity unanimously agree that there is something about our beautiful, mysterious, enchanting and interesting Moroccan sisters, so it is difficult to dismiss or ignore or say that Moroccan girls are just like any other girls... it is hard to think of them like any other women.

As I mentioned earlier the subject is also a bit sensitive, perhaps because a lot of misconception and bad stories that have been hovering around the reputation of our Moroccan sisters in an unjust and biased way, nonconstructive and negative discussions that are filled with lies and fake stories about the topic in coffee shops and hangouts and even in Arabic TV Series and Movies have somewhat managed to stereotype and portray our Moroccan sisters in a certain way, it is sad and funny in away how some men with a lot of time and money and very little ethics and fairness go to a country look for prostitutes and come back to their home countries telling stories about how they went to a certain country and the entire population of women in that country are bad and cheap women... it tells you a lot about the kind of people who spread these stories and it tells you how ignorant, shallow and closed-minded they are.

The subject may require a certain level of courage to discuss or even just write about, I did hesitate a lot before writing about it, and gave a lot of thought as to how to approach it.

What makes Moroccan women special may not be exclusive to Moroccan women... these special things and characteristics that makes them special might make any other women special... but it is fair to say that Moroccan women are special in there own way... something just makes them special... is it the environment? is it the Tajeen? is it the Moroccan Bath? is it the Green Tea? is it the exposure they had to a very special mix of cultures? is it the special ethnic mix Morocco is known for? is it the tolerance and lenience and the open-minded approach to life morocco is known for?  whatever it is... it sure did work in making our Moroccan sisters very special with a very special presence.

This is a modest introduction to the interesting topic I am about to embark in, a topic about what makes our Moroccan sisters mysteriously special, a topic that drove me passionately to discover for my self and I found my self actually going to morocco and marry one of those beautiful, mysterious, enchanting and gorgeous Moroccan women, this topic may serve as a gift I so very warmly I present to my wife specifically and to all the Moroccan women generally...and keep on visiting my blog, I will soon tell you what makes Moroccan women so special.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

How to marry a Moroccan women in Morocco - The legal procedure


If you would like to view this information in Arabic click here

My Story, How a Sudanese man living abroad married a Moroccan woman in Rabat, Morocco:

Thank you for stopping by, here I would like to share my experience of marrying a Moroccan woman, hoping to pass on an experience to my fellow brothers who have been lucky to fall in love and be loved by our beautiful Moroccan sisters, I was married to her on 28th March 2012, I never knew what is so special about Moroccan girls, I just knew they are special in a very mysterious way that no one so far has managed to explain it in a logical way, and after being married to one I still don't know, maybe time will tell, but I do know how much she loved me, and I do know she accepted me for who I am, and I do know she appreciated how I kept my promise to fly over and marry her despite my burdens...

We were complete strangers, we met online through ( www.muslima.com ), and we shared nothing in common but a genuine will to opt for a halal and lawful relationship through a marriage that was blessed by our families, she gave me the opportunity to visit her family, sit with them, talk with them and explain my good intentions to their beautiful daughter, I guess when you have good intentions Allah will provide you with all the assistance you need…

Whoever you are, thank you for visiting my blog, I wish you a long and prosperous marriage, based on love, respect, tolerance and understanding, here is a detailed account of my beautiful journey that ended with a lovely wedding.

Before going to Morocco:

The process or the procedure explained below is known in Morocco as a “Mixed Marriage” procedure, which means a Muslim none Moroccan getting married to a Moroccan woman in Morocco, I don’t think the Moroccan law allows any none Muslim men to marry Muslim Moroccan women, if it does happen chances are it isn’t legal.

If you are none Muslim and willing to convert to Islam just because of a woman, I think you will be better off doing it out of conviction and belief rather than love, ask yourself what if the love is gone?

You will have to prepare the documents mentioned in the first step in your country, if you reside abroad as an expatriate then you may prepare these documents at the country in which you legally stay and work, it is also important that you try to contact your embassy in Rabat before you go there and ask them what is required to issue a document called a “Marriage Eligibility Certificate”, if your fellow citizens have been marrying Moroccan girls in Morocco, chances are the embassy will be well aware of such document and it will be very easy for them to issue, also make sure that all the documents you issue are in either Arabic or French.

The procedure:

1.     Here is what you need to do before going to Morocco:

A.   Prepare an original "Birth Certificate".
B.    Issue "A Certificate of Good Conduct", this is typically issued from the Ministry of Interior and may involve finger printing; basically it shows you have no criminal record.
C.    "An Income Certificate", this is a document from your employer that states your monthly or annual salary and your job title.
D.   If you are divorced make sure you have the "Divorce Certificate" and if you are a widower make sure you have the "Death Certificate" of your late wife and the "Marriage Certificate" that belongs to you and your late wife, if you are already married, I think you need your first wife’s written consent, some even say she will have to be present in person to testify she agrees to the second marriage, I have very little information regarding a second marriage in Morocco, sorry, but I promise to post any information on the subject once it becomes available to me.

Important Note:
Make sure that the documents mentioned above from A. to D. are authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country in which you are an expatriate, and then have it attested by the Moroccan Embassy in your country or the country in which you are an expatriate, when you go to authenticate documents at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Morocco don’t let the long queue fool you it usually moves faster than you think, just make sure to go there as early as possible as they close at 2pm, and don’t let anybody fool you into paying them money in return for a fast service.

E.    Prepare at least five photocopies of your National ID Card if you are a national living in your country, or a photocopy of your Expatriate ID Card if you are an Expatriate in a foreign country.
F.     Prepare at least five photocopies of your passport.
G.   Prepare at least six recent passport size pictures of yourself.

2.     Your future Moroccan wife must prepare the following documents, preferably prior to your arrival to save time:

A.   “Engagement Certificate” or “Single Status Certificate” to be prepared by your future wife, this document is issued at the “Wilaya”, prepare at least five photocopies. 
Single Status Certificate

B.    Your future wife should go to the nearest public or private clinic to issue a “Medical Certificate for the Purpose of Marriage”, have her take you to the same clinic once you arrive to Morocco, and prepare at least five photocopies.
“Medical Certificate for the Purpose of Marriage”

C.    She has to go to the “Justice Records” at the Ministry of Justice to issue a certificate that shows she has no criminal record in Morocco, prepare at least five photocopies.
A certificate showing that your fiance has no criminal record in Morocco 

D.   She should also make sure she has her “Birth Certificate”, it comes in two forms a long one and a brief one, she should have both available if possible, and she should prepare at least five photocopies.
The birth certificate in its short form

The birth certificate in its long form

3.     When you arrive prepare the following:

A.   Take your future wife to the same clinic she issued her “Medical Certificate for the Purpose of Marriage” so you can issue one for yourself, and make at least five photocopies.
“Medical Certificate for the Purpose of Marriage”

B.    Go to the “Justice Records” at the Ministry of Justice to issue a certificate that shows you have no criminal record in Morocco, and make at least five photocopies.
A certificate showing you have no criminal record in Morocco

C.    Take your future wife to the nearest Notary and issue a letter called a “Request for a Mixed Marriage Permission”, both you and your future wife must sign on this letter, make sure you bring all your papers with you for reference, and make at least five photocopies.
“Request for a Mixed Marriage Permission”

D.   Issuing "The Marriage Eligibility Certificate" and the "Nationality Certificate":
The "Nationality Certificate"

"The Marriage Eligibility Certificate"

Go to your embassy in Rabat and ask them what they need to issue "A Marriage Eligibility Certificate" and a "Nationality Certificate", usually they will need the following:


i.                    A photocopy of your passport that includes the first entry visa stamp to Morocco and the most recent entry visa stamp to Morocco.
ii.                  A photocopy of your Expatriate ID Card if you were an Expatriate living abroad, or your National ID Card if you were living in your country.
iii.                A written letter from the legal guardian of your future wife or her father stating his consent of the marriage, he might be required to sign in front of the embassy official.
iv.                The National ID Card of your future wife.
v.                  The National ID Card of the legal guardian of your future wife or her father.
vi.                2 recent passport size pictures of you and your future wife.
vii.              If you are divorced make sure you have the "Divorce Certificate" and if you are a widower make sure you have the "Death Certificate" of your late wife and the "Marriage Certificate" that belongs to you and your late wife.
viii.            Bring your "Income Certificate".
ix.                Finally bring the “Medical Certificate for the Purpose of Marriage” for both of you and your future wife.

Important Note:
Once the “Marriage Eligibility Certificate” and the "Nationality Certificate" are issued you must attest them at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also, the embassy may request to see the originals of the documents you present.

4.     Now that you have all the above documents prepared, take your future wife to the nearest Odool office to have them check the documents and then they will send their messenger to the court, here is a check list of the documents you have by now:

A.   "Birth Certificate", for both of you
B.    The certificates issued to you by the “Justice Records” stating that you are both clear from any       criminal records in Morocco
C.    Your “Good Conduct Certificate” from your country or from the country in which you are an expatriate.
D.   Her “Engagement Certificate” or “Single Status Certificate”.
E.    “Medical Certificate for the Purpose of Marriage”, for both of you.
F.     Your “Marriage Eligibility Certificate"
G.   Your "Nationality Certificate"
H.   Your "Divorce Certificate" if you are divorced.
I.       If you are a widower, your late wife’s "Death Certificate" and the "Marriage Certificate" that belongs to you and your late wife.
J.      “Request for a Mixed Marriage Permission” signed by both of you.
K.   Your “Income Certificate”.
L.    A photocopy of your passport that includes the first entry visa stamp to Morocco and the most recent entry visa stamp to Morocco.

5.     At the court the Odool’s messenger will submit the papers to a judge who will review the documents and open a “Mixed Marriage File” for you, you will then be given the file’s number for reference.
6.     The file will then be sent to the Public Prosecutor in the court who will refer the file to the “Wilaya” for an investigation, you will have to drive the court’s messenger to the Wilaya and possibly pay him 50 – 100 MAD unofficially otherwise he won’t send it right away, you will not be allowed to take your file in person.
7.     Once the file reaches the Wilaya you and your future wife will undergo an investigation on a date they will set for you, usually a couple of days after the Wilaya receives the file, the investigation will include an interview and both of you will be asked to submit a CV about your bio data and where and when you received the different stages of your education and where and when you worked, during the interview you and your future wife will be asked all kinds of questions during the interview such as:

A.   How you met?
B.    Your income?
C.    Where and when you worked?
D.   Where and when you were educated?
E.    Who are your close friends?
F.     Where and when you traveled and to which countries?
G.   Who are your family members, their birthdays, are they married, do they have children where they live?

8.     Once the interview has completed at the Wilaya, your files will be sent back to the court a couple of days later.
9.     Once the judge receives a positive result of the investigation he should issue a “Mixed Marriage Permission” letter, you can follow up at the court using the file number you have, the letter from the judge is basically an approval of the marriage, you or the Odool’s messenger may receive this letter, that must be taken to the Odool’s office to commence the marriage and issue the marriage contract.
The Mixed Marriage Permission

10. Once the Odool’s office receives the “Mixed Marriage Permission” letter they can prepare the marriage contract so you and your future wife and her guardian or father will sign the contract and… congratulations!!! You are finally married; of course the procedure of signing the marriage contract can be done during a ceremony at the bride’s home or any place of your choice with the presence of the Odool.
The Marriage Contract

After the marriage you can submit a request to the court to withdraw and return any original documents you may need.

- Airlines I would highly recommend:

        - Emirates Airlines
        - Qatar Airways

- When you go to Rabat for the mariiage procedures I would highly recommen the IBIS Moussafir Rabat Hotel