King Mohammed VI presided over the 5th religious evening of Ramadan at the Royal Palace in Casablanca.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI chaired the fifth religious lecture at the Royal Palace in the Casablanca royal palace on May 27. The lecture was attended by religious leaders from a number of African and Middle Eastern countries.
Themed “Constants of the Islamic identity in Africa and the challenges related to its preservation,” the lecture, delivered by Omdurman University professor Safya Abderrahim Tayeb Mohammad, addressed the leading position of Islam in Africa as one of the main markers of identity on the continent.
The lecture focussed on verse 13, Chapter 49 (Al Hujurat Surah), “O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is knowing and acquainted.”
The female Sudanese lecturer discussed how Morocco was the fountainhead of the Islamic faith throughout the African continent, with the Sunni school as the dominant doctrine.
Noting the significant role of the Mohammed VI Foundation of African Ulema (scholars), she noted that Africa, which is facing a number of challenges including combating terrorism and illiteracy, could benefit from the teachings of Islam.
She explained that African Scholars are facing a daunting task when called upon to tackle the issues tearing the African continent apart, which she again ascribed to the “weak religious framework.”
The evening was attended by a number of leading religious figures from across Africa and the Middle East, including Senegal, Saudi Arabia, Mali, the Ivory Coast, as well as from Great Britain, the Maldives, and Sri Lanka.