Daniel Hashomer Ashkenazi, a saint revered by Jews and Muslims – The Media Hq

Posted By on January 29, 2020

The village of Tagouna, 55 kilometers from Marrakech, is home to the tomb of Rabbi Daniel Hashomer Ashkenazi, a Jewish saint also known as Sidi Daniel. The indigenous population of Jewish and Muslim faith had visited his grave for several years for spiritual activities.

According to legend, he was originally an emissary from Palestine. Like several saints who went to the Amazigh villages to finance their schools, he settled in this small village and decided to stay.

After he died, he left a fabulous story that was marked by several miracles. The Jewish saint is visited in every Elul, the twelfth month of the Jewish civil year and the sixth month of the church year in the Hebrew calendar.

Rabbi Daniel Hashomer is best known for his miraculous cures for mental illness and is also revered by Muslims who call him Sidi Denil (or Daniel), reports the Moroccan-Moroccan platform to celebrate his hillula, first of all from Elul .

Unfortunately, history has not stored much information about this saints biography or his experiences. The location of the mausoleum despite its isolation and difficult accessibility did not prevent Rabbi Daniel Hashomers Hilulla from having great success.

In his book Holy Worship among Jews in Morocco (Editions Wayne State University Press, 1998), historian and ethnographer Issachar Ben-Ami refers to the legends associated with Rabbi Daniel Hashomer. An Arab started building a house near Rabbi Daniel Hashomer Ashkenazi, but it was demolished and the Arab died, he wrote, quoting a Jews account.

The origins of his worship by Muslims

Another report recalls that any hostile act against a saint, any contemptuous or disrespectful statement about him or his grave triggered severe reprisals. A sterile Muslim woman who bathed at the grave of R. Daniel Hashomer Ashkenazi was paralyzed, says the same book.

In addition, a womans menstrual period, which started while visiting Rabbi Daniel Hashomer, caused a thunderstorm with hail and rain, it said. Muslims were afraid of him. No Muslim who cut a piece off the tree there or did something that took a long time. Muslims say they think this saint is tough.

Rabbi Daniel Hashomer is also depicted as a holy healer. I had typhoid for three months. I couldnt speak or walk, said a Jew in a story contained in the book by historian and ethnographer Issachar Ben-Ami. I had hardly got there when I got well. I opened my eyes and asked my father for something to eat, the story says.

Part of the mausoleum was reportedly built by a Jew who had served in the French army and who had promised before the war to return to the village of Tagouna to build a house near the tomb.

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