Tariqa Qadiriya Boutchichiya (Morocco), 10 November 2019:
In a first ever representation of Chishty Sufi Order from Ajmer Sharif, India – Haji Syed Salman Chishty – Gaddi Nashin – Dargah Ajmer Sharif on behalf of India spoke at the opening day of the International Conference on Sufiam in Madagh – Morocco – Africa .
Chishty spoke about the blessed life of Hz.Khawaja Moinuddeen Hasan Chishty(ra) and his teachings for all Humanity as well as how in India people from all different faith and religious communities have deep respect and reverence for Dargah Ajmer Sharif and why they visit for Ziyarat of Khawaja Gharib Nawaz (ra). Also as a global celebration of Milad Un Nabi (saw), how millions of people come together across India to commemorate the Blessed Birth of Prophet Muhammed (saw) as they visit Ajmer Dargah Sharif.
In its 14th edition, the World Symposium of Sufism focused on the theme of Sufism and Development. On the commemoration of the birth of the holy Prophet , over 120 academics, researchers and intellectuals from around the world gathered in Madagh (Berkane) from 6 to 10 November 2019, as part of the 14th anniversary of the World Symposium of Sufism (WSS), organized by the Tariqa Qadiriya Boutchichiya and the Moultaqa Foundation, in partnership with the EuroMediterranean Center for the Study of Modern Islam (CEMEIA).
Organized under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, the theme of this new edition was “Sufism and Development: the spiritual and ethical dimension of human edification”. This year, the Organizing Committee of the WSS, under the direction of Moulay Mounir El Kadiri, decided to focus on the role of Sufism in the development of societies, emphasizing the importance of man’s spiritual development.
Much like the example of the Prophet in the spiritual education of his companions, the development model transmitted through the Sufi tradition has always favored the building of women and men to ensure the well-being and balance of society. Human values are essential to build a society based on togetherness, peace and mutual aid. Thus, by emphasizing sincerity, altruism, ethical solidarity, nobility of behavior and mercy towards all creatures, Sufi education allows actions to be meaningful, and to achieve the best purpose, for the benefit of all. The spiritual and moral dimensions must then be placed at the heart of the development project, in order to ensure an environment that can meet the needs of the human being in all its dimensions.
For that reason, the Moultaqa Foundation chose to dedicate the 14th World Symposium of Sufism to the theme of development. Scholars in anthropology, philosophy, Islamic studies, sociology, communication and international relations discussed their research. Experts from South Africa, England, Canada, Egypt, the United States, France, Indonesia, India, Mali, Morocco, Mexico, Niger, Senegal and Turkey were among the many speakers.
In parallel to the Symposium, the Moultaqa Foundation also presented several important initiatives: the Solidarity Village, the Muslim Ecology Conference, the Civic University, the Forum of Techno-Ethics and the Preventive Gathering. The Solidarity Village is dedicated to the social and solidarity economy (SSE) to promote a responsible economy based on a principle of solidarity and social utility.
From 8 to 10 November 2019, cooperatives, associations, researchers and consultants gathered to present project leaders different services that will help them develop their respective business activities. Organized under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, this 7th edition specifically focused on the concept of skills as a lever for development and the importance of establishing a real skills strategy for all SSE players in Morocco.
Indeed, the various projects related to SSE required the establishment of a strategic vision for their operational realization. All of these prerequisites can be optimized with the set-up of an appropriate network between project promoters and confirmed experts. The Moultaqa Foundation also organized the 5th Muslim Ecology Conference (MEC), which brought together teachers, researchers, scientists and activists around a common question, that of spirituality as a response to the current climate crisis.
This year, the MEC focused on the following theme: “Health and Ecology: the impact of climate change on health”. The 3rd edition of the Civic University took place from November 8 to 10 and addressed the issue of continuous training as a moral duty, societal advantage and professional requirement.
This event aimed to highlight the virtues of Sufism to the public and reveal the inner and spiritual dimension of Islam, still too little known. This Symposium testifies to the importance that gives the Zawiya Qadiriya Boutchichiya to a scientific approach to the ethical dimension of Islam, as other Sufi Zawiyas in Morocco which have traditionally worked for an approach advocating for a balance between the spiritual, scientific, social and cultural life of society.