King Mohammed VI Presides Over Ramadan Lectures
King Mohammed VI chaired a lecture on the subject of faith and health last Tuesday. In Morocco, lectures on various topics related to Islam are given during the holy month of Ramadan. It has become a tradition that has been upheld by the Moroccan royal family, with the king presiding over the lectures. This year, King Mohammed’s presence at the lectures is even more special, due to the fact that he became ill with a stomach virus during the start of Ramadan.
The lecture, which was held in Marrakech last Tuesday, was delivered by Mohammad Haytam al Khayat, who is the senior advisor to the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr. Al Khayat focused on prevention of illnesses, and the protection of health, according to an article in the Agence Maghreb Arabe Presse. Al Khayat discussed the worries over the H1N1 virus, and stated that there was a “need not to overstate the seriousness of the virus, especially since the measures recommended by the relevant organizations are still valid on the eve of the pilgrimage season”.
Last week, another Ramadan lecture was given in Casablanca on the topic of “Faith and the Love of Country”. King Mohammed was not the only member of the royal family present for the lecture. He was accompanied by his brother, Prince Moulay Rachid, and his cousin, Prince Moulay Ismail. The lecture was delivered by Said Bihi, president of the Council of the Ulema of Hay Hassani. Bihi talked about how the love of country is one of the religious prescriptions stated in the Koran, according to the Agence Maghreb Arab Presse.
The lectures are scheduled to continue throughout Ramadan.
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