TOLERANCE AND SOLIDARITY .
An article from Libération (translated by CPNN)
The 11th edition of the World Meeting of Sufism opened Saturday in Madagh, province of Berkane under the slogan “Sufism and culture of peace: universal vision of Islam for the values of living together and the peace of civilizations “.
This meeting, organized under the patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, is an opportunity to highlight the contributions of Sufism to build peace, give special care to living together and constructive cooperation among countries. Organizers in a note of presentation of this annual meeting, added that the objective is to “show Islam in its true face, tolerant, advocating peace and respect for all civilizations.”
Speaking on this occasion, Mounir El-Kadiri Boudchich, Director of the meeting, welcomed the fact that this intellectual and spiritual encounter has become, over the years, a meeting of choice for scholars and researchers to discuss issues related to the coexistence and living together between religions and cultures of peace, stressing the importance of the theme chosen for this edition insofar as the culture of peace is now at the center of the concerns of the whole world.
For several centuries, the presence of the Zaouiya in Morocco has continued to cultivate these values on a large scale and to train men of exception, able to incarnate and make them radiate, estimate the organizers, adding that the Morocco of today is a worthy heir of this history, holding high its values which makes it a particular case but also an example to be followed.
“Culture of Peace: Concept and Meanings”, “Culture of Peace in Islam: Contents and Expressions”, “Culture of Peace: Individual, Social and Cultural Dimensions”, “Sufism and Culture of Peace” Peace: Historical Examples “,” Culture of Peace and Practice of Spiritual Diplomacy “and” Sufism and Green Peace “.
On the sidelines of this edition, meetings and conferences will be organized in Oujda and Berkane to make known Sufism as the foundation of the Moroccan identity.
Several other activities are also planned in the margins of this edition, including “a village of solidarity” dealing with the creation of associations and cooperatives in the Oriental region and solidarity and social economy, training sessions for local journalists and meetings dedicated to ecology dealing with the importance of the protection of the environment in Islam.
“The Sufi approach can not be identified with a philosophical discourse on peace, it is rather characterized by a practical method aimed at purifying man from the evil inclinations inciting him to evil, conflict, hatred, domination or violence,” explains the initiators, adding that today’s societies in search of stability and development “will undoubtedly find in the Sufi model and methodology an inspiration to found peace at the individual, family and social levels, the economy and the environment “.
The history of Morocco, which has long been the supreme land of Sufism, is a testimony to a peace founded on the spiritual purification of man, the same source points out, emphasizing the predominant role played by the zaouiyas in The rooting of values of tolerance, cohabitation and respect for others.
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