"The Moroccan Flag, the Colors Red and Green" Top 5 Page for this destination Morocco Local Custom Tip by JamalMorelli

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  Red and Green, War and Love - salts of the earth
by JamalMorelli

These colors together have a deep religious and political significance.

Red is War, Blood, Mars, etc, Green is Peace, Islam, Love.

For the Gnawa - red is the color of Sidi Hamoo, green of the Salaheen, the Shorfa, the Friends of Islam.

Having no relation, you will be shocked at the red and green of the earth and flora as you enter Ourika and around...

From a now deleted page on the colors:
SOURCE http://ismaili.net/Source/myflag/11significance.html

The famous tradition has it that once Imam Hussain and Hasan mounted on the shoulders of the Holy Prophet when they were yet small boys. Imam Hussain wore red garment, while his elder brother was in green dress. Being asked why both brothers were in different dresses, the Prophet said, "This Hasan will fight for restoring peace in religion, while Hussain will sacrifice for the cause of Islam." It ensues from this tradition that the agency of peace and sacrifice is symbolized in green and red colours in Islam.

The notion of green and red emerges in addition while pondering minutely over the following Koranic verses:-

"And the herbs and the trees do adore" (55:6)
"Therein (earth) is fruit and palms having sheathed clusters" (55:11)
"And when the heaven is rent asunder then it becomes red like red hide" (55:37)
"And for him who fears to stand before his Lord are two gardens" (55:46)
"Dark-green in colour" (55:64)
"In both are fruits and palms and pomegranates" (55:68)
The essential features of green and red colours have been mentioned above in the historical context. In sum, the green colour in Ismaili flag symbolizes joy, gaity, prosperity and peace; while the broad red diagonal on it connotes sacrifice.

Photos by Jamal Morelli, uploaded at Studio Shamharush

Website: http://ismaili.net/Source/myflag/11significance.html

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  • Updated Dec 1, 2006
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