King calls on Moroccan pilgrims to represent their country duly, to remain attached to national & doctrinal Unity
King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, has called on Moroccan pilgrims to duly represent their country during the rite, and to give an honorable image that goes in line with strong adherence to the values of tolerance and moderation and the rejection of any desire for extremism.
“Be the ambassadors of your country by upholding these ideal values, and by remaining strongly attached to your identity, to your national unity and to your Maliki rite,” the Sovereign said in a message addressed, on Monday, to the first batch of Moroccan pilgrims heading to the Holy Places of Islam for the pilgrimage of the year 1443 AH.
“I also want you to show how keen I have been, since Almighty God entrusted me with the mission of leading my loyal people, to uphold our model of moderate Sunni Islam, in keeping with the words of the Almighty: We made of you an Ummah justly balanced that you might be witnesses over the nations,” added the King.
“That Ishhaad, or bearing of testimony, which is required of all Muslims, cannot be achieved except through moderation and the rejection of extremism and fanaticism,” said the Sovereign in this message, which was read by the Minister of Habous and Islamic Affairs, Ahmed Toufiq.
The King also stressed that he has given his highest instructions to the Minister of Habous and Islamic Affairs to keep up his commendable efforts in taking good care of the pilgrims and providing for the overall conditions of their stay in the Holy Land so that they perform their rituals in an optimal manner.
“I asked him to provide for your comfort, health requirements, administrative needs and religious guidance throughout your pilgrimage,” said the King. “Therefore, make sure you cooperate with the officials in charge so that these goals can be achieved. Consequently, you are expected to respect – at all times – the instructions given to you and comply with the measures in place throughout your pilgrimage.”
“You must also observe the measures and regulations set by the authorities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the organization of the great Hajj season, in keeping with the instructions given by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, my esteemed brother King Salman bin Abdulaziz,” the Sovereign stressed.
Thanking the Almighty “for helping us to overcome the pandemic which has afflicted the entire world, and for enabling us to gradually resume our religious and social traditions, while continuing to observe preventive measures and the necessary health requirements,” the Sovereign called on pilgrims to arm themselves with patience, restraint, endurance and to defend themselves against anything that may taint the sacredness of the pilgrimage rite.