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King of Morocco Asking Local Jews to Pray for Rain

When a Muslim king asks the Jews to pray for rain you know that the world is not so out of kilter, but who gets the credit when the rains fall?
Jews, at the request of King Mohammed VI, prayed for rain this past Shabbat.

Jews, at the request of King Mohammed VI, prayed for rain this past Shabbat.
Photo Credit: Maghreb Arab Press courtesy of Morocco World News

Jews throughout Morocco this past Sabbath responded to a plea by King Mohammed VI and prayed for rain. Muslims did the same in Friday prayers at their mosques.

“In conformity with the high instructions of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI, commander of the faithful, these prayers will be called for in all the synagogues to implore the Almighty to spread ample rain throughout the territory of the Kingdom,” the Council of the Jewish community stated.

The Morocco World News reported, “Moroccan Jews performed prayers in all the synagogues in the country, imploring God to spread bountiful rain on the entire territory of the Kingdom.”

The lack of rain this year has threatened the agricultural sector of Morocco, and the economy will be severely damaged if crop production drops because of the drought.

The King’s plea is not unprecedented. In 2007, nearly all of Morocco’s Jewish population of 5,000 turned out en masses on a Sabbath to pray for rain,

Morocco is one of the more enlightened Muslim countries, everything being relative, of course. John Kerry notwithstanding, there is a less than zero chance that the Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah would ask the Jews to pray for rain – for the simple reason that Jews are no Jews living in Saudi Arabia. Okay, there always is one. You just can’t get away from the Jews, but he probably is not orthodox.

But what happens if Mahmoud Abbas gets its Palestinian Authority state? He won’t, but just for the fun of it, let’s say he does. And then comes a drought and there are no Jews living in the Palestinian Authority, because the United Nations has made an exception that a Jew-free country is essential for peace.

Abbas would have several options: One, he could ask Jews in Israel to pray for the Arabs in the PA. Chances are that he would rather die.

But he also could demand that all of the Jewish refugees expelled from Arab countries move to Judea and Samaria. That way, he would not suffer the embarrassment of inviting expelled Jews back to their homes but could welcome Jews from the Arab world to fill the gap.

The big question is what happens when the rain comes, whether in the imaginary Palestinian Authority or the real Morocco?

Who gets the credit, God or Allah?

The request of King Mohammed VI sounds great for peaceful co-existence until the arguments over who gets credit turns into war.

There is one other possibility.

Let’s say the rain falls only in the Jewish neighborhoods, or only in the Arab neighborhoods. Get out your Bibles and consult past history for the results in Egypt, when Jews lived in the Goshen neighborhood, and in ancient Samaria, where Elijah made fools out of idol worshippers.

Of course, Islam is not a religion of idol worshippers, even if radicla Islam has corrupted it into a religion of evil.

But since rain always seem to fall on the Jewish Sabbath, just when the non-observant were planning a picnic, it would be best to stick with the Jews.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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15 Responses to “King of Morocco Asking Local Jews to Pray for Rain”

  1. If one of the many titles of the King is "Protector of the Jews" the same Jews should respect his request.

  2. Let the rains fall on all the arid lands that are blessed with good people. Let the world see the Jewish people as the oasis they are and not just the oasis they can create.

  3. Leo Erwin says:

    WE ARE GOOD FOR SOMETHING

  4. Emunah Ben Lines says:

    No All Moroccans pray together and that is the beauty of Morocco
    We don't have time for envious people

  5. Nmy Nmy says:

    and maybe time for u to go on a diet john mccord?

  6. David Ifergan says:

    Moroccan Jews always respected the royalties in Morocco and always prayed for the well being of Morocco

  7. Jon Bitton says:

    "Who gets the credit, God or Allah?" You are a religious Jewish website and you do not know that Allah is Arabic and God is English for Hashem? Really???

  8. Tullipes2002 says:

    No matter how you call HIM, God is God.
    The language used has nothing to do with this. Whether you use God, Allah, Hashem, Dieu, etc… it is all and only about Faith, which never goes on vacation.
    Furthermore, religion is solely one’s vehicle that comes in handy in times of needs and the best “WIRELESS” communication tool, not to forget “REALLY” “F R E E” (no hidden fees, no late fees, no over the limit fee, etc…. UNCONTESTABLY FREE AND UNLIMITED. The best deal ever!!
    Whether you inherited/adopted/converted to a religion of your choice or not or none, you are entitled to use it in any covenient and most desirable way you opt for.
    You don’t have to believe in “God/Allah/Hashem/D’…, etc…, but Like any Decent Human Being, you do have the obligation to respect others’ beliefs the same way you expect and want them to do it for yours.
    Let’s not fall into that vicious circle of politics and religion.
    Let’s rather appreciate this magical moment for what it is worth. More importantly With respect.

    Tullipes2002

  9. Francis Weil says:

    Allah is not Arab , a majority of Muslims are not Arabs.

  10. Hamza Bihi says:

    Francis Weil Majority of Muslims are Arabs brother. But Our goal on this earth is to expand Islam to the extent when its not defined by one group of people.

  11. Hamza Bihi says:

    Francis Weil Majority of Muslims are Arabs brother. But Our goal on this earth is to expand Islam to the extent when its not defined by one group of people.

  12. Allal Amrani says:

    Atheist- Jews- Arab- Muslim- Christians- Hindo-Westerns- Eastern's- Northern's- Southern's- Blacks- Whites- Blues-Yellow- Red- People all the same and they all need to pray for Rain until it floods then we see who to thank or who to blame. The article made me smile

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