King Mohammed VI
King of Morocco
Mohammed VI, Morocco’s King, and his dynasty have controlled the country for nearly 400 years. He is also the Amir Al-Mu’minin, or Commander of the Faithful, according to the constitution, merging religious and political power. The King has been praised for his internal reform programmes as well as his pioneering attempts to modernise Morocco and combat terrorism. He has strengthened foreign ties while addressing issues of poverty, fragility, and social exclusion at home. Mohammed is a powerful king in Africa who has influence over a network of Muslims who follow the Maliki school of Islamic jurisprudence.
The Alaouite dynasty, which dates back 400 years, may trace its roots to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Moulay Ali Cherif, Prince of Tafilalt from 1631, is the name of the town. It regards itself as a continuation of Islam’s Andalusian Golden Age, which was marked by peaceful coexistence, intellectual and cultural interaction, and growth.
Al-Karaouine, the world’s oldest university, is located in Morocco. The Maliki school of law has its headquarters at this university. King Mohammed VI has adopted the Mudawana family law code, which grants women rights in divorce and property ownership, as well as citizenship to children born to non-Moroccan fathers, from the beginning of his reign. He’s also given the Islamic Affairs Ministry the task of training female preachers, or Morchidat, who are currently serving as chaplains to Moroccans all over the world.
With a population of 32 million people, King Mohammed commands the largest African kingdom. Morocco has deep spiritual ties with Muslims all throughout Africa, in addition to political ones.
Mawlana Ahmed ibn Mohammed Tijani Al-Hassani-Maghribi (1735-1815 CE), the founder of the Tijaniyya Sufi order, is buried in Morocco, and his mausoleum attracts millions of visitors from all over the continent. Morocco is also credited with facilitating the spread of Islam throughout West Africa.
In January 2016, the King summoned hundreds of the Islamic world’s finest thinkers to a three-day meeting in Marrakesh to discuss how religious minorities are treated in Muslim-majority societies.
They made appeals for majority-Muslim communities to uphold minorities’ “freedom of movement, property ownership, mutual solidarity, and defence,” based on the Charter of Medina, also known as the Medina Constitution, which was drafted by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Mohammed VI of Morocco gave the opening address, highlighting Islam’s long history of cooperation with various religions. This demonstrated how Islam has protected religious minority’ rights while also encouraging religious tolerance and variety.
The King, like other Moroccans, is a passionate supporter of the Palestinians and the city of Jerusalem. Since Salah Al-son Din’s bequeathed the Magharbeh Quarter, near to the Buraq Wall, to North African pilgrims in 1193, the Moroccan connection to Jerusalem has been strong. After capturing East Jerusalem in 1967, Israeli authorities razed this 800-year-old neighbourhood.
In reaction to the Arab Spring demonstrations, King Mohammed has enacted significant changes. A new constitution, for example, has given significant powers to a democratically elected administration. The King’s steady reforms have been heralded as an example for other Arab countries to emulate.