The Moroccan Minaret Jamour

 

A minaret jamour sits on top of the tower adjacent to a mosque which is used to call Muslims to prayer five times daily. This tower is called a minaret. In Morocco the tower (minaret) is square with a spire on top which has a number of spheres attached. This spire is known as a jamour and it can symbolise the sun, moon and stars or the four elements – earth, wind, fire and water.

The minaret jamour

In addition to the spheres, a minaret jamour can have a crescent moon on top, a five pointed star (representing the five pillars of Islam) or a combination of both. The crescent moon atop a minaret jamour indicates that the calendar in Islam is based on the lunar cycle and not the Gregorian calendar as used in the West.

Here are some examples of the Moroccan minaret jamour illustrating the different styles.

Minaret jamour with single sphere

Single sphere jamour seen on the Road of 1000 Kasbahs

Minaret jamour with two spheres

Two sphere jamour in Fes

3 sphere minaret jamour

3 sphere jamour on the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca

Four sphere minaret jamour

Four sphere minaret jamour in Rabat

3 sphere minaret jamour with crescent moon

3 sphere jamour with crescent moon in Casablanca

3 sphere minaret jamour with star and crescent moon

3 sphere jamour in Fes with star and crescent moon