Born in Souk Larbaa El Gharb in 1942, Zafzaf settled in Casablanca where he started writing stories and articles, as well as translating world masterpieces. He lived a lifestyle that focused on writing, the work he loved most. From his apartment and favourite café seats, especially the Café Majestic in the Maarif district of Casablanca, he weaved tales that have fascinated Arab readers for decades.
In the Maghreb, Zafzaf was known almost as much for his simple lifestyle as for his works. An outspoken critic of cultural ignorance, Zafzaf lambasted authorities when the only government-financed theatre in Casablanca was demolished in the 1980s.
Zafzaf authored dozens of novels and stories while working first as a junior high school teacher before becoming a librarian at the school. Despite the humble position, many literature students chose aspects of his works to research for their theses during his lifetime and continue to do so now. Zafzaf tells the story of Arab citizens' everyday struggle. One of his most famous works, "The Intermittently Appearing Fox," focuses on an Arab citizen with ill-fitting simple clothes who always works hard and looks over his shoulder awaiting unexpected crises that can suddenly emerge.
Among Moroccan novelists, Zafzaf remained the most dedicated to his craft, steadfast and self-disciplined. He showed his support for the people not by open participation in politics, but through artistic creativity in which his writings addressed the concerns of society.