King Mohammed VI sent a message to the participants of the second edition of the International Conference on the dialogue between cultures and religions, which took place in Fez from 10 to 12 September, with the theme: "Other issue in question".
The whole message from the king
"Peace and salvation of the Prophet, his family and his companions.
Mr. Director-General of the Islamic Organization for Education, Science and Culture,
Madam President, Secretary-General of the International Organization for La Francophonie,
Ladies and gentlemen,
We are delighted to send this message to this important conference, which is taking place today in Fes, the spiritual and cultural capital of the Kingdom of Morocco, in the presence of a group of personalities who are in love with peace and dialogue and who are committed to their promotion. .
Fez, a secular city, has always been a land of dialogue, a symbol of tolerance and coexistence, a high place of spirituality. It is therefore no coincidence that the city was chosen to host the second edition of the International Conference on Dialogue between Cultures and Religions.
We take the opportunity to praise the tireless efforts of ISESCO and IOF to bring civilizations closer together, more interaction and better dialogue between the peoples. We also welcome the continued efforts and personal commitment of Ms Michaelle Jean and Dr. Abdelaziz Ben Othman Altwaijri in this area.
The holding of this conference in the Kingdom of Morocco is a recognition by the international community of the continued commitment of our country to the dialogue between cultures and religions and the promotion of the values brought by this dialogue. It is also a confirmation of the pioneering role that our country has played as a founding member of the Alliance of Civilizations, an organization charged with mobilizing national and international actors around peace and upholding its values.
By protecting these foundations, our country confirms its determination to develop a new dynamic that will offer promising perspectives and propose innovative ways to ensure respect for cultural and religious pluralism and a unanimous commitment to the values of dialogue. to promote coexistence and respect for the Other.
The forum that brings us together today must set itself up as a reflection framework to thoroughly understand the issues of dialogue and understanding between civilizations and to raise the awareness of these two imperatives. Indeed, in a world like the one in which we live, it is more necessary than ever to exercise more honesty and vigilance in order to maintain a new order of world peace.
The requirement of righteousness is dictated by morality and conscience, these two sources of Truth. The duty of vigilance, it is essential because of the evolutions of our time and the need to adapt to this by quick and sensible answers.
The new order of world peace is the one we want to put together by structuring it around the principles of coexistence, acceptance of plurality and otherness. It is on this condition that it remains possible to continue building, evolving, consolidating safety, growth and prosperity.
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
The Moroccan hospitality, inscribed in the heart of the country's morality, also covers a form of generosity of the mind, where the respect and acceptance of the Other is developed, where cultural diversity flourishes. This characteristic, which makes Morocco a multiple and diverse country within the framework of national unity, has been split into a series of national, regional and international actions.
Since our entry into the throne, our commitment to promote these noble ideals has never been in limbo and we have worked tirelessly to consolidate the successes that Morocco has accumulated over time.
At regional level, the Moroccan model confirms a singularity that derives from its constitution, its cultural reality, its millennium history. It is characterized by deep-rooted coexistence, especially between Muslims and Jews, and testifies to the openness of the country to other denominations.
Based on the Commandery of Believers and the Sunni rite of Malekite, this unique model is the product of profound reforms aimed at protecting Moroccan society from the risks associated with the ideological instrumentalization of religion and against subversive movements. This is the meaning of the creation of an enlightened religious formation, marked by the seal of the happy medium, moderation and tolerance.
Among the structuring elements of this orientation are the approval, in 2008, of the Charter of Ulemma & # 39; s, the Plan for local religious supervision, the upgrading of schools for religious education and the revision of the religious content of textbooks. .
In the same spirit, Morocco trains imams, morchidines and morchidates to serve in Morocco, Africa and Europe. It also works to thwart radicalism by opting against an alternative discourse that preaches peace and tolerance. We also aim for close links with citizens to put them on the right track, particularly through the establishment of the Supreme Court of Ulemas and its regional offices.
On the other hand, we have started projects for the restoration of Jewish cemeteries, the renovation of the Mellahs and the redevelopment of Jewish religious sites.
In Morocco there is no difference between Muslim citizens and Jewish citizens, who always celebrate their respective religious holidays together. It is therefore safe for Our Jewish citizens to attend the services of the synagogues and to perform their worship practices, especially during annual commemorations and visits to Jewish religious sites. They also work hand in hand with their fellow Muslims in the interest of the motherland.
Historically, Christians who visit or stay in Morocco have always had the right to worship in churches. Some of our ancestors, the sultans, had even given a lot of land for the construction of a church that still welcomes worshipers today.
Over time, Moroccan society has developed a keen sense of understanding and acceptance of the Other and has shown an unwavering commitment to preserve the common memory of the followers of the Three Religions and in particular to preserve the spirit of coexistence and harmony that prevailed during the Andalusian period.
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
The coexistence of cultures is consistent with the dialogue culture. After all, every intercultural dialogue requires that people understand each other by establishing a sincere and regular dialogue.
The Moroccan experience is a striking illustration of this principle in that it embodies the coexistence of cultures unique to the United Morocco and is the melting pot where the Arab, Amazigh, Saharo-Hassanian, enriched components of the African, Andalusian and Hebrew tributaries come together. and the Mediterranean.
Morocco is, moreover, constantly adhered to a moderate practice of Islam which is essentially based on the noble universal ideals, first and foremost the values of tolerance and dialogue. Our holy Islamic religion is one of mutual acceptance and the right balance. Contrary to the exercise of any coercion, she pleads for the respect of pluralism, in accordance with the Will of God, as stated in Surat al-Maida (the table served): "If God had wanted, He would be yours a single community ".
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
We believe that this conference is an ideal opportunity to take stock of the measures taken to implement what was the first milestone of the Fez process, in this case the Fez appeal that emphasized the urgent need to bring forward new forms of interaction and understanding between civilizations.
The emergence of ideological conflicts, ethnic discrimination and intermunicipal violence requires a united, united and effective action. This compelling need is essential to consolidate the achievements and project themselves in the future, with an operational action plan and a suitable monitoring mechanism.
It is therefore necessary that the actors involved, the international community and all goodwill commit themselves to face an agitated world, a prey for questioning the markings and frame of reference; a world characterized by the revival of intolerance, withdrawal of identity, violence and extremism.
Civilizations are defined by their successive contributions to the common heritage of humanity: it is a rich legacy of the sciences, arts, moral doctrines and skills that have been forged over time. By confronting each other, civilizations only create violence and exclusions, just as through interaction they create intrinsic links to peace, dialogue, cooperation, mutual respect and innovation.
As a result, the opportunity offered by this meeting is sharing experiences, know-how and good practices.
It is also a place to remember that if the culture of coexistence in which we believe is rooted in our history, it is because it is evolutionary and has been able to adapt to the various changes taking place in a world. world characterized by a burst of each spatio-temporal landmark.
For example, we are witnessing the emergence of new forms of conflict that have brought a radical change in the paradigm of international migration management and have therefore led to a redefinition of the ways of communicating this problem. phenomenon.
If someone understands the fact of migration in terms of challenge, the Kingdom sees it as an opportunity. An opportunity that offers Morocco the opportunity to constantly confirm its African dimension, which it is proud of. In fact, our country welcomes a growing number of sub-Saharan migrants, thanks to a humanistic and voluntaristic migration policy.
The welcoming of these people from countries that are brothers and friends with their religion, culture, family traditions and rhythms of life, has come naturally in this African country.
At national level, this voluntaristic policy is in line with the international commitments that our country has signed up to. In particular, it has made it possible to organize two campaigns to regularize the situation of migrants, to carry out numerous programs aimed, among other things, at the integration of emigrants and asylum seekers and their families.
Faced with alarming speeches on immigration as a destructive phenomenon, the Kingdom of Morocco takes a unique and proactive approach, taking into account that successive migration flows have been one of the essential tributaries of its identity.
At the regional and international level as well as at national and local level, the Kingdom of Morocco acts with a global humanist approach, based on respect for fundamental rights and the dignity of migrants.
This is essentially the message we have conveyed through the African migration agenda that we presented at the 30th summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in January 2018.
This agenda is designed with an inclusive and participatory approach and reflects the ideas, proposals and opinions presented by a panel of top speakers, including civil society actors and researchers. With this Agenda we have striven to deconstruct the prejudices and wrong stereotypes that have arisen around migration.
This same commitment and willingness will lead Morocco's action for the coming deadlines, in particular the eleventh session of the World Forum on Migration and Development, to be held in the period from 5 to 7 December, the International Conference on Migration and Development. approval of the Global Compact for Safe, Ordained and Regular Migration, scheduled for 10 and 11 December.
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
We are hopeful that today's meeting will be a powerful and collective response to every challenge of our values and benchmarks, the withdrawal of identity, fanaticism, xenophobia, extremism, intolerance and all forms of discrimination.
To be effective, our joint action must be permanent, comprehensive and flexible. Individual will is necessary, but insufficient. Only the collective will that unites the efforts of governments, civil society, the media, academics and citizens is equal to waves of withdrawal and intellectual extremism.
The dialogue between cultures and religions is therefore not an abstract concept that belongs to intellectual luxury. It is more than a testament, it is an approach that derives its true meaning from a deep faith, and that requires a strong dedication, a serious work, actions and not just words.
Since the first edition five years ago, many beautiful things have been achieved. Today we hope that this forum will provide the solid foundation for a cultural and intellectual influence and a culture of dialogue and coexistence.
By repeating our wishes of welcome in Morocco, our illustrious hosts, we beg the Supreme to crown your successful works and guide your steps so that, thanks to you, justice and peace predominate. The ultimate goal is to lay the foundation for an effective implementation of the Fez process, to promote the values of tolerance, respect and positive interaction between religions, peoples and civilizations.
Wassalamou alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatouh ".