Rabat - Rama Yade, France’s former Minister of Sports and current candidate for the French presidential elections, 2017, cited Morocco last Monday as a paragon of combatting extremism and Salafism within mosques.
Rabat – Rama Yade, France’s former Minister of Sports and current candidate for the French presidential elections, 2017, cited Morocco last Monday as a paragon of combatting extremism and Salafism within mosques.
Interviewed by French TV channel i-Télé, Yade tackled the issue of training imams in France, stating that Salafist mosques don’t necessarily have to exist there. She added that during her recent visit to Morocco, individuals told her that as soon as they see a mosque in which there are extremist preachers, they close it.
“I suggested co-working with Mohammed VI Institute for the Training Imams and Female Preacher last June to train the future imams in France,” Yade said.
Yade paid tribute to Morocco’s rewarding efforts in receiving sub-Saharan youths to train in the institute, which was inaugurated last year by King Mohammed VI, aiming to enhance Morocco’s religious influence, teach the new budding imams an authentic tolerant and open Islam in order to fight extremism.
In a short time after its inaugurations, the institute had become renowned internationally for its effectiveness to train imams and disseminate a tolerant Islam.
RTL, a Belgian French-language news channel praised the institute last February by publishing a report which asked why Belgian imams have not yet started training in the institute.
During his last visit to Russia in March, King Mohammed VI signed an agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin to train Russian imams at Mohammed VI Institute of Imams.
100 young Ivoirians, including 14 females, enrolled in the institutions last January to learn the precepts of moderate Islam after terrorism and radicalisation had been spread in Africa within recent years.