By Rachid Khouya
By Rachid Khouya
Morocco World News
Es-Semara, Morocco, February 26, 2012
In the beautiful city of Es-Semara, Morocco’s scientific capital of the southern provinces, renowned Moroccan scholar and sheikh, Mr. Abdoulah Nahari, delivered a lecture entitled “integrity is the basis of good governance”. His historic talk took place at the local council and was attended by a large and diverse audience of men, women and youth.
Mr. Nahari based his presentation on a famous tradition (hadith) of Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) in which the Messenger describes life as a journey between a starting point and a final destination. In this journey, there is a bridge that everyone must traverse with utmost concentration and integrity so that they could fulfill their ultimate objective of reaching their final destination without falling off the bridge.
Mr. Nahari proceeded from the individual to the collective and explained that achieving good governance required the incorruptibility of four key social players: the individual, the community, the state and the institution. He advised his audience to hold sacrosanct the belief that the individual’s integrity is essential for good governance and progress of any community and society. Referring once more to the Prophet’s metaphor, Mr. Nahari argued that the individual is unable to stay on the bridge if he does not have equilibrium of three vital human components: the mind, the body, and the soul– with the former taking the lead in controlling an individual’s behavior.
Using a mix of humor and sarcasm, Mr. Nahari criticized some of Morocco’s social ills, including widespread corruption, sexual tourism, homosexuality, and eating during Ramadan. He also lambasted the wasteful use of public funds on sports and entertainment as these extracurricular activities only mislead youth. To illustrate his point about the value of equilibrium, Mr. Nahari categorized people into three groups: those who are preoccupied with their bodies and strengthening their muscles; those who only invest in secular intellect without acknowledging the importance of God’s religion; and those who invest so heavily in their souls that they become vulnerable to Sufism and terrorism and worship spiritual personalities instead of God.
At the end of his lecture, Mr. Nahari emphasized that Islam is a religion of equilibrium, requiring each element of the human body to play its proper role. In order to promote good governance and incorruptibility, Mr. Nahari argued, one must strive to have a healthy mind, body and soul, with the mind as the driving force towards greater human welfare.
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