Banner o Morocco
The banner o Morocco ( Arabic: علم المغرب) is made o a red field wi a black-bordered green interwoven star. Red haes considerable historic significance in Morocco, proclaimin the descent o the ryal family frae the Prophet Mohammad via Fatima, the wife o Ali, the fowert Caliph. Red is an aa the color that wis uised bi the Sherifs o Mecca an the Imams o Yemen. Frae the 17t century on, when Morocco wis ruled bi the Alaouite Dynasty, the banners o the kintra wur plain red. In 1915, durin the reign o Mulay Yusuf, the green interlaced pentangle wis addit tae the naitional banner, uised as a seembol in occult law for centuries. While Morocco wis unner French and Spainyie control, the red banner wi the seal in the center remained in use- but only inland. Its uise at sea wis prohibitit. When unthrildom wis restored in 1956, it ance again became the naitional banner.
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Tae be kent frae this beuk, mey god uphauld its value an tae be aroond the centre o grace an joy its orbit, that due tae the promotion o oor cherifian kinrick affairs, the spread o its glory an its pride, the need tae assign a banner that distinct it frae the rest o the kinricks as that oor sacred ancestors banner uise tae be vera similar tae some ither banners especially the anes uised in the marine signs, oor noble veesion decidit tae distinct oor joyful banner bi makin the five pointit seal o Solomon in the middle in green, askin the almichty god tae keep it wavin wi the winds o fortune an ambition for this time an the becomin, Amen an peace.
Rachid Sbihi, Moroccan historian an numismatic specialist, says that the decision taken then wis tae keep the red-anerlie banner as a seembol for the Ryal Makhzen, while the naitional banner wad bear a 6-pointit green star in its center. It wad stay like this till the ryal Dahir o 1915 chynged the 6-pointit starn tae a 5-pointit starn.
The 6-pointit starn uised in the Moroccan banner is an aa kent as the Seal o Solomon (Sulaïman in Arabic) or the Starn o David. Housomeivver, it wis no chosen tae be on the Moroccan banner for that reason, since the 6-pointit starn is a seembol o life, wisdom an guid health common tae aw three major monotheistic releegions. The Seal o Solomon wis an aa stamped on the 100 an 200 francs coins as well as on some Makhzen stamps till 1954.
Accordin tae Rachid Sbihi, it seems that the chynge o starns wis done bi General Hubert Lyautey when gettin ready tae send Moroccan troops tae fecht durin Warld War I. Rachid Sbihi points oot that reasons why General Lyautey wad dae such a thing wur neither clear nor valid. The Moroccan fowk housomeivver, wur given anither explanation that coud be the richt ane: the new starn wis best adaptit tae the kintra's releegion an faith syne the 5 branches coud seembolize the 5 pillars o Islam. The Moroccan banner is an aa uised bi Moorish-Americans o the Moorish Science Temple of America.
The new banner housomeivver wad anerlie be displayed flush on the grund till Morocco's unthrildom in 1956.
On 8 Mey 2010, a Moroccan banner wi a size o 60,409.78 meters squared wis certified bi the Guinness Book of World Records as the lairgest banner draped iver, its weight wis 20 tones, an it wis set in Dakhla, a ceety in the disputit territory o Wastren Sahara.