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Mozif Depicts Hospitality of Persian’s Arab

Mozif, Where you can watch the warm and simple life of the Arab people southern Persia and enjoy the special taste of coffee.
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The Unique southern lifestyle

Iran is a vast country with different peoples, each of whom has specific customs, traditions and culture. The Arab people of southern Iran are also a warm-hearted and hospitable group, especially in their Mozif. The first time seeing a muffler up close will amaze you. The colours and tools used in the construction of Mozif attract the attention of every viewer to the extent that you will not get tired of watching. Sitting and relaxing in the shade of Mozif is an incredible experience. Travellers can watch the warm and simple life of the Ahvaz Arabs of Iran in Mozif. Enjoy the special taste of coffee in their ancient coffee-drinking ceremonies away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Mozif embraces special respect among the Arab people of Iran. For this reason, these Mozifs attach great importance to the observance of customs, including the unique coffee-drinking ceremony.

Mozif, Ahvaz travel attraction
Identifying Arabic structure to depict the culture of hospitality with unique cookery art and serving traditions in Ahvaz.

Mozif Guest House

Mozif is a kind of guest house made of straw, which respects the guest and special customs. It dates back to the fourth millennium B.C. when the Sumerians ruled. Architecturally, they are solitary guesthouses without doors, indicating that they are open to all and anyone can enter. Iranian Arabs build Mozif entirely of straw.  Arabic carpets cover the floors. The double columns should be cold to make Mozif strong and cool in summer and hot weather and more light in the guest room.

After Islam, people built the entrance of the shrines to the qibla. Mostly, the height of their entrance is low so that the person who enters it bends slightly. In this way, he paid tribute to those present. In the middle of the space, there is a stove called “Moghad” for a coffee ceremony. From time immemorial, a fire was lit at night near the entrance of Mozif. The fire smokes all day so that the guest could notice Mozif from afar.

Al-Mahmas at Mozif

Mahmas is a cylindrical vessel with a hollow inside. Al-Mahmas used to be for roasting and deforming “Ben” coffee beans.

Mortar at Mozif

A mortar or “al-Majr” is a cylindrical tool with a deep cavity. The mortar is usually made of a strong alloy and has a handle called a “penis” to grind roasted coffee beans. The sounds of mortars and coffee grinders have a special purpose for the Arab people.

Mozif garden, Ahvaz travel attraction

Lost and lost at Mozif

People use two dishes to prepare coffee. A larger container for the initial preparation and brewing of coffee is Algum and the smaller container to stagnate the coffee for a certain period and keep it warm and entertaining guests is called a dale.

Cup at Mozif

It is a kind of cup without a handle with a geometric shape to introduce coffee to the guest.

The connection between Mozif and the coffee ceremony is that people perform this traditional ceremony here. But some people mistakenly say the name of the ceremony is double. The guests start with a greeting from the first person sitting next to the entrance. Usually, middle-aged people sit on top of the Moshif and the Mozif owner welcomes them with coffee.

Mozif coffee, Ahvaz travel attraction

Coffee etiquette at Mozif

This ceremony has its customs. You must be careful to please your host by observing them. The person who compliments the coffee is called the butler. He leans towards the guest while complimenting the guest during the coffee and the coffee ceremony. The butler has to compliment the guest with his right hand. The sound of the heartbeat and the cup produces a sound so that the guest notices his coffee and the guest must hold it with their right hand and sip the coffee without placing the cup on the floor. Putting a cup on the ground one day means having a request from him. If you want coffee again, give the cup to the butler without any movement. If not, move the empty cup left and right and give it to the butler. Coffee reception by the butler has special names in Mozif that include:

  • Al-Haif First Cup in Mozif

Al-Haif is a cup that the bartender drinks to show the guests that the coffee is completely healthy and they can taste it without any worries.

  • The second cup of Al-Daif in Mozif

Al-Daif is a cup that is for the guest and the butler introduces it to the guest with his right hand in Mozifs. The guest must also hold it with his right hand and sip the coffee without placing the cup on the floor. Putting a cup on the ground one day means having demands from him.

  • The third cup of Al-Kif in Mozif

Al-Kif will serve again by people if the cup shakes, and the reason is usually the guest’s satisfaction with the taste of coffee or the guest’s need for it.

people will serve the fourth cup for special and rare people. This is because it is usually no longer served by the butler, but the sheikh personally pours it for them. Such a guest announces to the butler after eating the fourth cup that he shares all the joys and hardships with the butler, after which he spends it. A brotherhood agreement will be between the guest and the sheikh or butler in Mozif.

Other rituals and coffee ceremonies in Mozif

The heart is held in the left hand and the cup in the right hand.

The cup is always standing and bent.

Guests should not carry wool in Mozif.

If the boys are in parliament, their father should not be the butler.

It is the responsibility of the older brother to compliment.

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