When We Take Our Religion For Granted

By Mourad EL HANAFI Lately, I have been coming across some blasphemous postings about Islamic issues on one of my friend’s Facebook account. The postings were opposing the Islamic creed in particular. I thought my friend was playing a tricky game to receive abundant likes…I thought he aimed at brainstorming or triggering the followers to…

The Unforgettable Slap- Short Story

        Mourad EL HANAFI Being a five-year-old child, my family, as any other Moroccan family, sent me to the Jamaa (traditional kindergarten, especially in villages) to learn the Arabic alphabets and some short chapters from the Holly Qur’an before I officially enrolled in “the modern school.” Usually in mornings, my mother would…

A Day at a Qur’anic School

By Mourad EL HANAFI Frequent tinkling hand-claps mixed with Qur’anic hums were emanating from somewhere. It was lmqdem who was roaming the corridors of the school to awake students.  “It’s about the dawn, shine and rise!!!” lmqdem regularly cried. The laziest students were still tucked up in their dimly lit rooms–indulged in their slumbers as…