King Mohammed VI Chairs 2nd Religious Lecture

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PERSISMA, RABAT – King Mohammed VI, accompanied by Crown Prince Moulay Hassan and Prince Moulay Rachid, presided over the second religious lecture for the holy month Ramadan at the royal palace in Rabat on Tuesday, May 14.

Dikr Arrahmane, a university professor and director of the India Islamic Cultural Center in New Delhi, delivered the lecture to the royal family.

The theme of the lecture was “Education on Responsibility,” and it invoked the Qur’anic verse of the 31st chapter, Surah Luqman: “And We had certainly given Luqman wisdom [and said], “Be grateful to Allah .” And whoever is grateful is grateful for [the benefit of] himself. And whoever denies [His favor] – then indeed, Allah is Free of need and Praiseworthy.”

Arrahmane spoke about how the Islamic teachers address the virtue of education, drawing on how other philosophical doctrines linked education with spiritual tendencies, mentioning in particular the case of India.

The lecturer also touched on the importance of the promotion of moral values and peace; virtues the world is in quest for, he said.

The lecturer stressed the correlation between freedom, education, and responsibility, highlighting the importance of teaching children the virtue of responsibility at an early age, especially at a time where vices of “social decay and rebellion” loom large within societies.

Drawing on the moral of the story of Luqman and the divine wisdom he was ordained with, he recalled how Luqman never ceased to offer wise pieces of advice to his polytheistic son, who later embraced the Islamic doctrine.

The lecturer pointed out that education as dealt with in the Qur’an is quintessentially based on moderation between worldly pursuits and that of the afterlife.

The religious evening was held in the presence of a number of religious leaders, including Cheikh Mohamed Ahmed Mohamed Houssein, grand mufti of al Quds and Palestine, and Jordanian professor Mohamed Ali Ibrahim Zaghoul, as well as religious figures from the African continent including the Burkinabe Cheik Khaled Saif Al Islam, and the Gambian member of Mohammed VI foundation of African Scholars, Mohamed Lamine Touray. (Mohammed Amine Benabou)

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