The Kingdom of Morocco, leader in promoting true Islam: the Islam of Moderation

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I came across a very interesting article I have found in The Times of India which I have decided to publish part of the article. I agree completely in what the article says and I am sure most of you will too:

In order to tackle the problem of the terror of Jihadism, one needs to understand the nature of this jihadi virus. By its very character it is able to quickly latch on to grievances through the narrative of injustice. While Islam indeed extols believers to fight against oppression and discrimination, it also abjures the use of violence for achieving one’s goals. But the proponents of jihadi extremism cleverly elide over the latter while emphasising the former.

Since all Islamist terrorist groups derive inspiration from distorted theology, the antidote lies in propagating true Islam. Extremist ideology needs to be countered with moderate ideology. In this regard, the North African constitutional monarchy of Morocco is pioneering the fight against the jihadi virus through the battle of ideas. The country’s Muhammadan League of Scholars is doing exemplary work in strengthening a brand of Islam that is rooted in the Quran but also the product of reason and contextual interpretation. Such moderate Islam has no conflict with modern life despite its grounding in theological teachings. Indeed, it is adherence to this interpretation of Islam that has largely staved off the jihadi virus from infecting Morocco.

Add to this Morocco’s King Mohammed VI’s farsighted foreign policy vision that has guided Rabat to facilitate training of imams from neighbouring African nations in its own moderate Maliki Islam. Such an initiative is bound to have a ripple effect throughout the African continent and counter jihadi Islamist tendencies. And given that almost all jihadi groups are networked and rely on each other for material and ideological support, Morocco’s push for moderate Islam strikes at the very root of the problem.

The international community must support Morocco’s efforts as Rabat, in its own unique way, tries to turn the tide of extremism that is threatening Middle East and North Africa. The challenge is humongous and the solution requires years of patience. But Morocco’s pioneering work could eventually shift the balance of power in the battle of ideas between extremist Islam and moderate Islam. Success on this front will automatically deny oxygen to jihadi terror groups wherever they are, making it easier for security forces to demolish their networks. This in turn should facilitate inclusive economic development to pull the rug from under groups such as Boko Haram.

Finally, India, which is deeply concerned about the spectre of jihadi terror looming over its neighbourhood and has significant stakes in Africa, should take cognisance of Morocco’s efforts. Both countries should enhance bilateral cooperation to strengthen the international security framework against global Islamist terrorism.

The Times of India

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Carlos Mundy

Carlos Mundy, the current Count of Mondaye ( a Norman title that dates back to the XI century!) , was born in Bilbao (Spain) but lived in London until the age of twelve, when he moved to Madrid (Spain) with his parents and brothers. He studied in Spain and went to University to study journalism. During those years he was already working as a freelance journalist for several Spanish magazines. AT the age of 19 he took off on a round the world tour for two years working as a model to make ends meet. On his return he founded a model agency in 1982 which he managed until 1996 and became the top agency in Spain with offices in Madrid and Barcelona. During those years he traveled the world extensively on scouting trips and he also continued working as a freelance journalist doing interviews to top fashion designers, heads of state and celebrities. He also wrote many travel pieces: his passion. In the year 2000 he founded Metaphore Magazine: Creative Culture, a must read in the Spanish publishing scene. The magazine was a monthly that lasted two years. In 2003 he published the Spanish version of The Rainbow Warrior, co- written with his sister Charis and that was published in the US in 2007. His next book, The Toucan Lodge was published simultaneously in the UK and the US in 2009 and its Spanish publication in 2010. The novel was re-released in the UK in 2011 under the title Gestapo Lodge. This was followed by the publication of the successful historical novel, "The Romanov Lost Icon and the Enigma of Anastasia" (Thames River Press) in 2013, co-written with historian Marie Stravlo. 2015 has seen the publication of an epic fantasy co-written again with his sister Charis, "The Twilight of the Fourth World," inspired by the teachings of His Holiness The Dalai Lama and the Hopi Indian prophecies. Before the end of the year his latest historical novel, "The Indian Kings of France: The fascinating story of the Bourbons of Bhopal" is expected to be published. Carlos is currently working on the production of Unforgettable, a tribute to the Legends of Hollywood which is scheduled to start shooting in Jodphur (India) in 2017 with a fabulous cast of legends. Carlos is a show jumper and when time permits, he continues to paint. He had two successful exhibits in the nineties. He is also a member of The Comite de APoyo al Tibet. The Spanish NGO, that has lobbied successfully to have the Spanish courts start criminal proceedings against Chinese Communist leaders for Crimes against Humanity committed in occupied Tibet. He was made a Knight of the Royal Order of the Principality of Hutt River in 2007, became a Knight of the Ecumenic Order of Malta in 2011 and received THE WOMEN TOGETHER AWARD at the United Nations for his philanthropic anonymous work with Tibet. He is currently Chancellor of Foreign Affairs of the Ecumenical Knights of Malta.

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