Moroccan Islamic Affairs Minister Urges Mosque Preachers for Moderation
Moroccan minister of habous (Islamic endowments) and Islamic affairs, Abdelkebir Alaoui Mdaghri, called last week mosque preachers to be moderate and balanced in their preaches and to adopt the Malekite jurisprudence school (named after Imam Malik bin Anans) as a pillar to consolidate national unity, reported the official Maghreb Arabe Presse (MAP).
Most Moroccans follow Malikism, which is one of four major Sunni Muslim mazhab, or school of Islamic fiqh.
The minister, who met on Thursday Ulema (Islamic scholars) and preachers of the mosques of Casablanca invited them to avoid expressing political positions and taking as a reference ideologies that contradict the teachings of Islam.
The minister also advised preachers to be concise and clear and avoid issuing tapes and fatwas (religious decrees). The instructions, common in the Arab world after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the US, come as Morocco exerts more efforts to help combat religious fanaticism and terrorism. (Albawaba.com)