Morocco: Princess Lalla Aicha Dead At 81

Tangiers, April 11th 1947

Moocco Board News- Princess Royal Lalla Aisha passed away yesterday September 4th 2011 in Rabat. reports this communiqué from the Royal Palace.
On Sunday evening, HRH Princess Lalla Aicha, aunt of HM King Mohammed VI, passed away. The funeral of the late Princess will take place on Monday. She will be buried at Moulay Al Hassan mausoleum at the royal palace in Rabat.The deceased was born on June 17, 1930 at the royal palace in Rabat.

She became the ambassador of Morocco to Great Britain from March 1965 to December 1968, thus becoming the first woman ambassador in the Arab world. From 1969 to 1972, she became Morocco’s ambassador in Rome....

A succinct communiqué that disparages the symbol she embodied for women’s rights and empowerment in Morocco. She is after all, the only Moroccan woman to make a TIME cover, and the third Moroccan (after her Royal father and Emir Abdelkrim El-Khattabi of the Rif) to be honoured as such.

King Mohamed V and his family. (HRH Lalla Aisha in the centre)

The decision to deliver a public speech in western clothes in 1947 -only 17 years old- carried far-reaching consequences not only for Moroccan women, but for the whole fabric of society. Her father, King Mohamed V gave a resounding speech in April 1947 in Tangiers, and she also took the stand and delivered her own address, urging Moroccan women to rise up and claim their share as productive members of the society.  It was the signal the traditional patriarchal order was coming to an end, and while it was understood that western modernity had its own shortcomings, modernising was considered the only way, for Moroccan women, to extract themselves from the position they were kept in, and to free themselves from male tutelage.

Princess Royal Lalla Aisha embodied the honest effort the monarchy put in to modernise out of genuine survival interest: not only did the (then) Sultan Mohamed Ben Youssef endorse the nationalists’ agenda, he also set out to send a signal to all his subjects about how serious he was in contributing to carry out the yearning for a modern Morocco and make it happen. The immediate post-independence years were stormy, ambitious, but the accumulated gains in pre-requisite legislation, basic infrastructure, administration and literacy were far more significant than during the 40 years following the death of Mohamed V. Lalla Aisha was perhaps an aborted symbol that could have carried Morocco on to the status of a genuine parliamentary monarchy, where the King and his Royal Household would look very much like the Windsors in the United Kingdom: carrying out honorific duties yet commanding respect and devotion.

With her death, a particular chapter in Morocco’s modern history passes away too.



Comments (10)  

moroccan patriot
-1 #1 Yawn!!!!moroccan patriot 2011-09-05 09:44
You must be kidding me? This is newsworthy? How? Morocco has been in a state of frozen status because of these people. In 1947, by wearing western clothes and serving under the colonial regime, she ushered in the beginning of self hate in Morocco - the notion that everything foreign must be better... I am not one to speak ill of the dead, and I hope that she did enough good deeds in her adult life to have her forgiven, as I hope the same for all Muslims, but lets get real - we all know that in 1956 - the eve of independence day, Morocco was leaps and bounds ahead of Korea, Spain and all of South East Asia in terms of development - and look at us now... you know what the real difference between Morocco and all of the other countries and area's I mentioned? Leadership. While Morocco was stuck going backwards, the rest of these countries had leaders that actually loved their people.
-1 #2 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Morocco: Princess Lalla Aicha Dead At 81Morcelli 2011-09-05 11:23
The thing is that Korea, Spain, and all of South East Asia are not Muslim states.
As a matter of fact every country in the planet that bases its governance on religion is the worst country on the planet.
Let me think, The US, Japan, Germany, Australia, Canada, France....etc do not rely on religion to tell them what's good and what's bad. They rely on common sense and on trusting their own people to differentiate right from wrong.
Why do we have to have an Imam tell us not to steal or not to lie? isn't common sense not to that?
I however do agree that the death of this woman is not a newsworthy, the truth is that this is the first time I hear about this woman, in any case, may she rest in peace no matter what she did in her life.
0 #3 What achievements?mbt 2011-09-05 14:21
Let us pray that Allah SWT will accept her excuses for the neglect of life Here-After.
+1 #4 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Morocco: Princess Lalla Aicha Dead At 81borsa 2011-09-05 16:31
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un

@moroccan patriot - show some respect, if you have nothing positive to say after someone's death then keep your peace.
-1 #5 i agree with moroccan patriotNATION OF RATS 2011-09-06 06:53
for a sample facts that this so called the royale family is a symbol of humiliation, corruption,slav ery and poverty that still haunt the moroccan poeple since the illusion of the independence happened, morocco is still going backwards,corru ption, more depth , social and economic demise, killing and torturing of the innocents , YOU NAME IT.
moroccan patriot
0 #6 No Disrespect to the dead intendedmoroccan patriot 2011-09-07 02:28
I really do hope she rests in peace, as I do for all Muslims. To answer your point about religion and its place in governance, we are on completely different pages Morcelli!

I believe that a real Muslim state, not like Saudi Arabia, or the fake Muslim state of Morocco... no I mean a real Muslim state, a country that is led by people who love their people almost as much as they love God... the way we are supposed to be, as outlined in the Koran and Hadith... this kind of state would be the most glorious state ever known to mankind.

Islam does not lead to backwardness, religion does not lead to lack of development, rather it is lack of scruples, lack of discipline, lack of TRUE Iman that leads to a lack of development.

If we had real Muslim rulers in ANY of the Arab countries, that country would be fine, a great example of a country that has relatively decent Muslims in positions of leadership is Malaysia, another example is the leadership of some political parties in Lebanon... these are people, that when you meet them, you feel their decency and sense of honor, the exact opposite of what you feel when you meet with Mubarek, Bouteflika, or any of the other Arab leaders I have had the misfortune of meeting.
0 #7 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Morocco: Princess Lalla Aicha Dead At 81Morcelli 2011-09-07 05:40
Out of 57 Islamic states you were only able to come up with Malaysia, this does speak well about Islam and governance, what about the other 56 states and do you know that Malaysia's system of governance is not based on Shari3a as you were led to beleive?

Wikipedia: "Malaysia's jurisdiction of Shariah courts is limited only to Muslims in matters such as marriage, inheritance, divorce, apostasy, religious conversion, and custody among others" basically the same system of Governance as in Morocco.
The only difference between us and them is decency and common sense.

You are right we are different, I am for responsible Islam, M6 made it impossible for a man to marry another woman if he is already married, well that's a responsible thing to do, intelligently abolishing polygamy. He also made it illegal for an under age girl to marry or to be handed on a silver place to someone her great grand father's age, that is also responsible Islam.
Islam is not bad if practiced the way is intended to be, unfortunately many now especially the dictator use Islam to suffocate their own people.
moroccan patriot
0 #8 Good Governance stems from good Leadershipmoroccan patriot 2011-09-07 07:19
If you want a country to be well run, then the best way to do that is to make the government as small as possible. The next step is to establish a meritocracy in terms of all government appointments and to decrease the the wage earning disparity within that country. I also firmly believe that a well armed citizenry is a responsible citizenry. Point in case Switzerland - where child care is available for all, every MALE head of household is REQUIRED by law to have a weapon and even gets free ammunition once a year to practice their skills and a secretary makes between 30 and 40,000 Euros a year, a real living wage (Geneva is VERY expensive) - Now the downside - Suicide rates are very high, child birth rates are low, mental illness incidence is very high too, as is drug addiction and alcoholism.

I am a proud Muslim. It seems this may not fit for you Morcelli, but it works for a lot of people, and a true Islamic state does NOT discriminate against those who are NOT Muslim. My perspective on Islam is that I practice it to the best of my ability and understand the best way to get others to also try to be good Muslims is for them to see how well it works for me, in other words, to lead by example.

It offends me when people say that Islam is somehow a problem. Islam is in fact a solution. Those who claim to be leaders of the faithful while NOT being Islamic in their deeds are what is known as Munafik, a state of being that is on the same level of Kufar. However, it is not for me to judge the intentions of others... that is for God to Judge.

When you refer to how Islamic law works in Malaysia, you are not seeing that when you handle marital, inheritance and other issues you mentioned, that covers about 90% of all legal proceedings. What is most remarkable about Malaysia is their no nonsense view on corruption. This is another scourge that needs to be dealt with aggressively.

I see you in your own way as a Patriot of sorts, rather than focusing on where we differ, I think in the future, we should focus on where we agree.
man en blanc
0 #9 Mohammed-come-l en blanc 2011-09-07 09:14
The way I see it,there were a couple of religions in the dreaded wastelands of the Middle-East before Mohammed had the brilliant idea to craft and custom-fit the rules and regulations from the preceding religions to make them palatable to the denizens of the Jahilia. And it worked! It stopped the Arabs from killing each other as it was more fun to kill the Hebrews, or the Christians, or the occasional free-thinking Arab who might dare to think about thinking.
If you study the Arab literature pertaining to the before/after Islam in the sands of Arabia, you would surely notice how the before is sublimely superior, creativity-wise , to the crap that emerged once the contamination invaded the minds.

Not much has changed since then. In fact things have gotten much worse! And if this nefarious pattern holds, very soon, and with trumpets blaring : burkas and beards for everyone!
The Jahilia all over again!
I can't wait!
Ron in the U.S.
+1 #10 Rest in PeaceRon in the U.S. 2011-12-20 02:28
I had the great pleasure of playing golf with Lalla Aicha at Royal Dar Es Salaam a few years ago. Charming woman and an avid golfer. May she rest in peace.

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