Notching up Moroccan Religious Diplomacy in Africa


– Scholars to review and discuss the Kingdom’s Principles of Religious Constants.

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From Alhassan Y. Babalwaiz

Dr Sidi Mohammed Rifqi, General Secretary of the King Mohammed VI Foundation of Oulema

Muslim scholars, Researchers, and Diplomats will convene in Fez this weekend – June 25-26  to “case-study” and discuss the kingdom’s religious constants and how they manifest in the life of the Ummah,

The two-day scholarly symposium is being jointly organized by the Ministry of Endowment and Islamic Affairs (through the managers of the website of the Moroccan religious constants) and the Mohammed VI Foundation of African Oulema.

Prominent among the objectives of the foundation is “to unify and coordinate the efforts of Muslim religious scholars in Morocco and the rest of African states, the purpose of which is to introduce the tolerant values of Islam and to disseminate and consolidate them”.

Under the theme: ”Introducing Oulema to Morocco’s Religious Constants”, the international symposium will be attended by the leadership of the 34 branches of the Mohammed VI Foundation of African Oulema, the Higher Council of Moroccan Oulema, representatives from the various local Councils of Oulema, and the Moroccan Oulema Council for Europe.

Other participants are drawn from National Universities and research institutions such as; Al Qarawiyeen University, Institute of Dar Hadith Al Hassania, The Mohammed VI Institute for publication of the Holy Quran, the Mohammed VI Institute for the Training of Imams, Male and Female Guides, the Mohammed VI Institute for Qur’anic Recitation and Studies, the Directorate of Royal Documents, Curators of national libraries and research centers, as well as researchers and local authorities.

The symposium is structured into four main thematic areas under which the following granular details – and how each finds a common thread within member countries of the foundation will be reviewed and discussed; The legitimacy of ‘Emarah Almumineen’ (The Leadership of the Faithfuls), the ‘Ash’arite’ doctrine of the Sunni path, the allegiance to the Maliki school of Islamic jurisprudence, and Sufism (seeking extra closeness to Allah) according to the sunnah.

The event will be divided into six sessions: an opening ceremony, four sessions devoted to scholarly interventions, and a closing session.

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