Friday, July 24, 2015

The Mouse in the Mosque Saga Continues

Was it a single mouse, acting alone? A so-called lone wolf mouse? Was it a Moroccan mouse, or an illegal migrant? Where were the security cats at the time?

Back during Ramadan, The View From Fez reported on the stampede in the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca - the chaos caused by a mouse. Unfortunately eighty-one people sustained minor injuries.

Now it appears that there is much more to the story. There also may have been more than one mouse.

According to reports in the local media the prefectural services of the Casablanca judicial police have arrested three individuals suspected of being responsible for the stampede during the vigil of Laylat al-Qadr the "Night of Destiny".

The beautiful Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca seen from the ocean

Last Monday they arrested a parking attendant from a parking area near the mosque. It is alleged that he could have dropped mice in the wing reserved for women just before the Al Fajr prayer (the Islamic dawn prayer). The three people arrested so far have been interviewed by the metropolitan police who say that further inquiries are expected to be carried out.

If the story is true, it raises the question of what the motivation was for releasing a mouse or mice in the mosque. Was it a spur of the moment prank? "Hey, I have a mouse in my pocket, what shall we do with it?" Or was it a well planned mouse attack with the mouse prepared well in advance? As one sceptic told The View From Fez, " I smell a rat! I don't know about you, but I hardly every carry a mouse in my pocket."

Prayers inside Hassan II Mosque on Laylat al-Qadr

Despite extensive inquiries the fate of the mouse (or mice) is still undetermined

The mouse incident has captured the imagination of many Moroccans and already the "mouse in the mosque" jokes are being told. There is also an animated music video by Khalid Benz, which has been viewed almost forty thousand times. It depicts the mouse, that caused the stampede and tells the story from his point of view.

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