05/15/2014 (press release: media1press)
The third international gathering of the followers of Tariqa Tijania opened on Wednesday in Fez, to discuss the future of this Sufi brotherhood and means to spread tolerant Islam.
The meeting was attended by nearly 1000 representatives of Tijania from 47 countries who were brought together during 3 days in the Fez Zawiya Tijania to read Quran, pray, and take part in conferences on the spiritual aspect and the current situation of the brotherhood.
This was the largest gathering ever seen in Fez on the occasion of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the death of Sheikh Sidi Ahmed Tijani.
The official opening was marked by a message by HM King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, to disciples and followers of this Tariqa, as well as religious figures from 50 countries, mainly African and Arab-Islamic states, present in Fez which hosts the mausoleum of the founding father of the Tariqa Sheikh Sidi Ahmed Tijani.
In his message read out by minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, HM King Mohammed VI emphasized that: ”As Commander of the faithful – I have been committed to overseeing the religious field, promoting the values of tolerant, moderate Islam and combating blind extremism and biased use of religion for political purposes. This is the path we pursue in the Kingdom of Morocco, as well as in cooperation with our brothers, African Heads of State. We are also keen to build constructive cooperation with all Muslim sister nations to achieve unity and complementarity, ban dispute and disunion and promote good neighborliness with our brothers in the Maghreb region”.
”This blessed meeting of the Tariqa Tijania is being held as part of this wise policy, which we are pursuing with firm conviction and a clear vision to achieve unity. This policy is combined with an ambitious development strategy grounded in a will to revive the role of Sufism in spreading spiritual security, love and concord, while purifying souls and uprooting fanaticism and hatred”, added the King.
The sovereign also noted ”This meeting is an opportunity for the Order’s dignitaries to examine internal affairs, issues related to their Zawiyas and coordination between the various bodies. It is also an opportunity for exchanging views on plans to promote spiritual education, in light of the latest developments. It is a clear indicator of your high level of awareness of the necessary evolution of the Tariqa’s message, at a time – in the history of the Islamic community – when all scholars, clerics and Sufis are called upon to contribute in order to face the challenges of blind extremism, separatism and division.This urgent mission can only be accomplished through the collective mobilization of all scholars advocating moderate Sunni Islam, in order to curb maneuvers by supporters of fanaticism, terrorism, fragmentation, division and misleading doctrines. ”
Concluding the speech , the King said ”As Commander of the Faithful, I have always shown solicitude towards Sufi Orders, whose objectives include that of educating adepts according to the lofty Tradition and enlightening guidance of the Prophet, both inside Morocco and abroad, particularly in those African countries with whose leaders we are working to strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and cooperation. Our sole objective is to help them achieve development, improve their capabilities and disseminate the values of tolerance, cohabitation, concord and harmony between their various communities. We know how important it is for them and for the shaping of their personality to reinvigorate their spiritual strength and stimulate their relation with God”
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