The singular approach of the Moroccan religious model, under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, was highlighted at a meeting held in Rome.
Morocco represents for several centuries a model of coexistence and convergence of civilizations, cultures and religions, said the Ambassador of the Kingdom to the Holy See, Rajae Naji Mekkaoui, who spoke at a conference on interfaith dialogue, held recently at the Grand Mosque in Rome.
The ambassador welcomed the uniqueness of the Moroccan religious model, based on the Commandery of the Faithful, which is “a factor of unity and a guarantor of respect for the principles and values of Islam in Morocco,” highlighting the efforts of HM King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, in promoting the values of tolerance and interfaith and intercultural dialogue.
Noting that “the Commandery of the Faithful, as proven by history and reality, provides Morocco with immunity against all kinds of extremism and ignorance, through the consecration of a moderate Islam,” the diplomat noted that “the Kingdom draws its foundations in the true values of Islam, including tolerance and coexistence.
Naji Mekkaoui also reviewed the initiatives launched by the Sovereign to restructure the religious field and fight against extremism, including the establishment of the Mohammed VI Foundation of African Ulemas, the Higher Council of Ulemas, the European Council of Moroccan Ulemas, the Mohammed VI Institute for the training of Imams Morchidines and Morchidates, the religious talks ”Dourouss Hassania” and the mediation and support efforts.
In addition, the ambassador stressed that the secular relations between Morocco and the Holy See, which date back to the 11th century, continue to strengthen, recalling the historic visit of Pope Francis to Morocco in March 2019.
Naji Mekkaoui has, thus, recalled that this visit, placed under the sign of the promotion of interfaith dialogue and mutual understanding, was marked by the signing by HM King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee, and by the Pope, of the Al-Quds Appeal which has “contributed significantly to promoting the values of brotherhood, peace and tolerance.”
The ambassador also highlighted “Morocco’s reputation as a moderate Muslim country and reliable partner.”