Our War in Morocco, First Stop Oujda

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“If peaches were a cure, it would cure itself.”

Moroccan Proverb

Dear Readers,

 

We take our ‘War Against Eating Disorders’ to Morocco, a North African country bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, is distinguished by its Berber, Arabian and European cultural influences.  This is a country of over 33.8 million. The main religion is Islam.

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Speech and action make the perfect conduct.

(Moroccan Proverb)

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Our war in Morocco was launched with the help of an aspiring young 19 year old man, Mohammed Charef. I first came across Charef in July 2015, when he expressed his interest in doing an Eating Disorders awareness video for Ramadan. We struggled with language. I don’t speak Arabic or French and though he has a very good command of English, he often slips into French and Arabic mode.

Eating Disorders in Morocco

 

 

There’s a very little awareness of Eating Disorders in the Muslim countries. We all know how the Muslim countries struggle to identify all of the factors that put someone at risk of developing Eating Disorders. We launched this campaign in Morocco, in city of Oujda where Charef live to urge people to ‘Get in the Know’, to read more on Eating Disorders and to learn about the devastating effects of this mental illness. The campaign also encourages people to go to their doctors if they have concerns about themselves or a loved one having an eating disorder.

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We started off with the central mosque in Oujda on the Holy day of Friday. People responded with great respect for our campaign. It was something new.

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Now we hope to move forward to schools, universities, colleges and work place. Inshallah. Please Wish us Best.

 

I asked him to share a brief bio of himself with our readers. I believe such unique individuals and their efforts should be celebrated. They are volunteers and work to make our world a better place to live in.

I really am proud of him and I’m honored to know him. Over the past few months, he has taught me so much. Thank you Smeed Charef.

 

I live in Oujda , in the East of Morocco , it’s near of Algeria.

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I’m 19 years old and I come from a modest family, my parents are professors of Arabic language.

 

I took my degree in mathematical sciences and I passed with very good marks and now I’m studying in preparatory classes for the high engineering schools! My passion is maths and I love resolving mathematic problems.

 

In my spare time I love to listen to Cheikh Khalid Rachid الشيخ خالد الراشدand helping my mother out with her voluntary work. She teaches women in different mosques across the city of Oujda. Our aim is to reduce the illiteracy. As a result of this work, I’ve learnt a lot about helping others and being respectful and kind to women and other human beings.

 

Helping others is a choice but a right choice. It’s also very beneficial to ones development and it adds experiences to our lives. But we have to keep in mind Al-Ajer (reward) is from Allah.

 

About Eating Disorders, I had no idea this was an illness, I was surprised. Now I know about it and it’s very sad to see a person suffering from this illness. As a Muslim I believe our illness is a test from God, but we have to treat it with right medicine and we have to seek help. We should have tawakul and believe in cure. We shouldn’t accept this as our destiny. A man can always change his destiny with the help of God and a right intention.

 

Volunteering in Morocco

 

What I love about Morocco is people’s willingness to help anyone and everyone. There are helping hands everywhere , and whenever you need help , just ask your neighbours or your friends and you’ll be surprised by their willingness to go extra mile for you.

 

God put us humans together on earth to help each other and to spread love, joy an happiness, Allah said in Surat Al-Maaidah : ”And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression. And fear Allah ; indeed, Allah is severe in penalty.”

 

May God bless and heal us all.

 

Assalam Alaykoum

Eating Disorders Help Morocco

 

The Ravive:Therapy for Eating Disorders in Morocco IN. Help for Anorexia, Bulimia & Food Issues.

 

 

 

The mind is free and the slightest thought has great influence. It is therefore important that you think enlightened thoughts.
(Moroccan Proverb)

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Islam and Eating Disorders founded in 2012 – run by Maha Khan, the blog creates awareness of Eating Disorders in the Muslim world, offers information and support for sufferers and their loved ones.

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