King Mohammed VI, accompanied by Prince Moulay El Hassan and Prince Moulay Rachid, and Pope Francis visited this Saturday in Rabat, the Mohammed VI Institute of Imams, morchidines and morchidates.
Upon their arrival at the establishment, the King and the Supreme Pontiff reviewed a detachment of the Royal Guard who was doing the honors, before Amir Al Mouminine and His Holiness Pope Francis were greeted by the Minister of Habous and Islamic Affairs, the Secretary General of the Higher Council of Ulemas and the Director of the Mohammed VI Institute of Training Imams, Morchidines and Morchidates.
After the screening of an institutional film on the objectives, the missions and the various achievements of the Institute, the Minister of Habous and Islamic Affairs, Ahmed Toufiq, delivered a speech to Amir Al-Mouminine and the Head of the Catholic Church in which he emphasized that the training of imams and the mission for which the Commander of the Faithful created this Institute, is part of his commitment to protect religion.
The Commander of the Faithful, he stressed, has since his accession to the throne made structural reforms and introduced a dynamic of concordance between the institutional frameworks of modern management and the ends of religion in different aspects.
This distinction means that some of the major issues facing the management of Islam elsewhere find their solutions in the context of the Commandery of Believers, Toufiq said.
Subsequently, two students from the Mohammed VI Institute followed one another in the gallery to give their testimonies and share their experiences in this Imams training establishment.
This is Hindu Usman, a native Nigerian student, who said she was confident that after graduation and return to her country, she would be able to bring the evidence and convince that religion calls for to peace and doing good, emphasizing that the believer is accountable to God alone and that women and men are equal in their rights to people and to God.
She assured that she will devote her time and efforts to promoting awareness for peace and against violence in the name of religion, thanks to the experience and knowledge gained at the Mohammed VI Institute.
Aboubakr Hmaidouch, a French student of North African descent, pointed out that the Muslim community in France is in great need of imams and preachers so that the values of religion contribute to living together and to spiritual well-being within the community.
He recalled that after the terrorist attacks that hit France in 2015, he felt the need “to acquire knowledge and communication skills” to be effective within a “society shaped by multiple currents and sometimes by ready-made ideas”.
Thanks to the Mohammed VI Imams Morchidines and Morchidates Institute, “I have had access to solid training in traditional religious sciences and modern human science knowledge,” he said.
This visit was also marked by religious songs of Muslim, Christian and Hebrew tradition, performed by the Moroccan Philharmonic Orchestra.
At the end of this meeting, the Minister of Habous and Islamic Affairs presented to His Holiness Pope Francis “The Guide of the Mohammed VI Institute for the Training of Imams, Morchidins and Morchidates”, as well as publications of the Institute in relationship with the Christian religion, in Arabic and English languages.
At the end of this visit King Mohammed VI, accompanied by Prince Moulay El Hassan and Prince Moulay Rachid, took leave of his illustrious guest.