Professor Ibrahim Ahmad Maqari: Spiritual and Cultural Dimensions of Moroccan-Nigerian Relations

Professor Ibrahim Ahmad Maqari: Spiritual and Cultural Dimensions of Moroccan-Nigerian Relations

HM King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, accompanied by HRH Prince Moulay Rachid and HH Prince Moulay Ismail, chaired, on Thursday in the royal palace of Casablanca, the second religious lecture of the holy month of Ramadan.

Professor Ibrahim Ahmad Maqari
Professor Ibrahim Ahmad Maqari

The lecture was given by professor Ibrahim Ahmad Maqari, Imam of the National Mosque in Abuja and a professor at the Bayero-Kano University in Nigeria, under the theme “Spiritual and cultural dimensions of Moroccan-Nigerian relations”, drawing on the Quranic verse “O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you”.

At the outset, the lecturer recalled the historic and deep human relations between Morocco and Nigeria, whose density would require the mobilization of a multidisciplinary team of specialized researchers to define its extent and density.

Humanism, one of the major characteristics of Islam, holds a prominent place in the theories and foundations as well as in practice, he said, noting that it is not fortuitous to find the term “Man” twice in the Surah of Al Alaq (Adherence), whose five verses are devoted to the human being and His place in the universe.

From this point of view, Nigerians have found in Islam, this new belief that has reached them thanks to Moroccans, a religion that perfectly accommodates their deepest roots as it does not involve any racial or ethnic segregation, he pointed out.

According to him, if there is a term which, by itself, summarizes the density of Moroccan-Nigerian relations, it would be “mutual knowledge” magnified in the Holy Quran, explaining that this word has this merit of recognizing the peculiarities of each, without any inclination to dissolve the cultural identities of peoples.

Maqari argued that it was thanks to brave Moroccan merchants that Islam spread into large areas of what is now called Nigeria, noting that many of these Moroccans settled among the indigenous populations, married and founded families.

Recalling the place of choice that Islam grants to knowledge, the lecturer pointed out that Moroccan-Nigerian relations have transcended the simple transmission relationship to transform into a full acculturation.

Maqari stressed that these spiritual, cultural and human relations have a historical depth and a humanistic perspective that no one can deny, let alone circumscribe by barriers.

If the Alawite kings were the guardians of these dense relations throughout history, the praiseworthy efforts of HM King Mohammed VI in favor of African unity are in fact an extension to the legacy of His illustrious ancestors and these “High royal initiatives bolster these ties marked by faith and humanism that the malicious try in vain to break”.

The lecturer hailed the efforts of the Commander of the Faithful in favor of Arab-African solidarity, as well as the good initiatives of the Sovereign in favor of Islam and the well-being of Man, citing for this purpose the last visit of HM the King to Nigeria, which opened wide prospects for cooperation.

He also highlighted the role of the Mohammed VI Foundation of African Oulema “in which we place great hopes for a new dawn that can dissipate the darkness that has long darkened our religious discourse”.

Following the lecture, HM the King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, was greeted by several Muslim figures and scholars coming from all over the world.