February 1, 2023

Simultaneously with the “International Day of Tolerance”, which UNESCO celebrates on November 16 of each year, the development of the Moroccan religious sphere in France, the Moroccan-French cooperation in the field of religions, as well as the management of the religious scene in the diaspora countries in accordance with the tolerant and moderate Moroccan model, with her spiritual reference “In the Principality of the Faithful”, the topics for discussion were brought together by Mohamed Moussaoui, President of the French Council of the Islamic Religion, with foreign ambassadors accredited to the Kingdom of Morocco, at the headquarters of the “Diplomatic Establishment” in Rabat.

Moussaoui, who was a guest at the Foundation’s “Diplomatic Forum” at its 181st session, shared with foreign ambassadors accredited to Morocco and representatives of international organizations participating in this meeting, in the presence of the Secretary General of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad, Abdallah Boussouf, the most prominent features that distinguished Ali. Expanding historical periods, the Moroccan religious model internationally and regionally as it “aims to spread the values ​​of tolerance, moderation and coexistence among different groups in societies. “.

In his speech, Moussaoui proceeded from the idea that “the security and stability of the world today require the values ​​of moderation and tolerance in their discourse towards those who follow the religious question”, recalling “the history of the integration of Moroccans in the context of the values ​​and principles of the French Republic, which accepts the principle of secularism or laicism”, with two aims: respect for the freedom to manifest one’s beliefs, and ensuring equality among all people of different backgrounds.

The President of the French Council of the Islamic Religion interacted with the questions of foreign ambassadors, in order to clarify the tasks of the “French Council for the Islamic Religion” (Conseil français ducule musulman CFCM), which enters into relations with the French government on the construction of mosques, the training of imams, women guides and religious mentors, trade, halal, registration of Muslims in prisons, coordination of work with organizations involved in religious affairs, the definition of Islamic holidays, the harmonization of the Islamic Hijri calendar.

Moussaoui did not fail to appreciate “the role of the French Council in the religious and cultural formation of Muslim men and women, including Moroccans of all generations”, pointing out “how the Council, since its foundation in 2003, has managed to preserve the Moroccan identity and achieve a spiritual balance between them”, before referring to “The status of the French Council of the Islamic Religion in propagating the values ​​of tolerance and coexistence in accordance with the tolerant and moderate Moroccan religious model, the purpose of which is to perpetuate the universality of religious tolerance.”

In a relevant context, Mohamed Moussaoui, head of the French Council of the Islamic Religion, revealed the tensions affecting religious affairs in France, especially in terms of restricting the practice of the Moroccan religious scene, and “France’s motives for a policy of extortion against Moroccans in charge of religious affairs”, referring to the case of the Moroccan imam “Hassan Ekwesin”, who is currently being prosecuted before Belgian justice after the French Interior Ministry decided to expel him for “violating the values ​​of the Republic.”

In the same context, the Diplomatic Forum guest praised Morocco’s experience in the religious field at the level of international cooperation and the prestige it enjoys at the international level, highlighting the “obstacles and pressures that hinder the achievement of international cooperation in the religious field.” field”, noting that this “will only serve to undermine life”. shared and social peace. He also called for abandoning it and appreciating the human and civilizational common in European countries of residence.

For his part, the head of the Diplomatic Establishment, Abdel Ati Habek, explained that this meeting is “an opportunity to learn about the opportunities provided by the French Council of the Islamic Religion in terms of sharing their experience and knowledge with other councils and organizations based on the formalization of religious affairs in order to spread the values ​​of coexistence , tolerance and interfaith dialogue.

In a statement to Hespress, Habek praised what the French Council of the Islamic Religion is doing to preserve the values ​​and identity of Moroccan religiosity among Muslim men and women in diaspora countries, including the Moroccans of the world, on the basis of moderate moderate Islam, with its clear spiritual guideline embodied in the institution. Emirate of believers.

He pointed to the “feature of the openness of the Kingdom of Morocco in expanding a real and lasting strategic partnership in the field of managing religious affairs with various countries of the world according to the tolerant and moderate Moroccan religious model”, emphasizing that this “strengthens the countries’ respect for the efforts of the Kingdom of Morocco in the fight against religious extremism through the training of imams at the Mohammed VI Institute.” hatred.

Habek concluded that “The Moroccan historical march through the ruling states from Idris to the Alawites over the centuries has demonstrated its ability to mix and open to all human civilizations, as well as to respect religious and ideological pluralism, such as Christianity and Judaism, and cohesion.” with this.”

The head of the diplomatic establishment emphasized that “Morocco and its citizens have never been proven to restrict adherents of other monotheistic religions, and Morocco has not worked to force Christians or Jews to leave their religion and convert to Islam; There is no coercion in religion,” emphasizing that “just as Muslims have their mosques in Morocco, Christians of all sects have their churches, and Jews have their temples in which they freely and safely perform their religious rituals.”


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