1 February 2013

Morocco: Benslimane's Cultural Projects - New Illustration of Hm the King's Particular Interest in Religious

Benslimane  — The cultural infrastructure in the province of Benslimane were reinforced thanks to projects, launched on Friday by HM King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, accompanied by HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, which shows the particular interest the sovereign takes in religious affairs and the promotion of spiritual and moral values within the Moroccan society.

HM the King laid the foundation stone for building a religious, cultural and administrative complex, under the Endowment and Islamic Affairs ministry, and a school for traditional education.

Worth 64 million dirhams, the two projects mirror the sovereign's continuous solicitude for mosques, Ulema councils, bodies in charge of managing religious affairs and sites meant for spreading religious knowledge.

The religious, cultural and administrative complex, to be built over a surface area of 8,930 square meters, will house a big mosque and administrative, cultural and commercial pavilions.

The mosque, which can seat 1,580 people, will be constructed according to Moroccan authentic architectural standards. It will include two praying rooms (men, women), a Koranic school and accommodations for the Imam and the muezzin.

The new complex will comprise also an administrative and cultural pavilion that hosts the headquarters of the local Ulema council and of the provincial delegation for Islamic affairs, a conference hall that seats 286 people, a library, and reading and computer rooms, in addition to several shops.

The project is an implementation of royal instructions concerning the construction of integrated complexes in all Moroccan prefectures and provinces to spread cultural and religious knowledge and help Ulema (religious leaders) fulfill their missions of orientation and promoting religious and national immutable values.

The traditional education school will provide a comprehensive training in the sciences of Sharia (moral code and religious law of Islam) in phase with contemporary requirements of openness on modern sciences. It will also enable students to acquire and learn the authentic values of the Islamic religion as tolerance and righteousness, in addition to disseminating religious knowledge and fighting illiteracy.

The facility will include a training center made up of six classrooms that seat 180 students, a laboratory, a science room, a library, a multi-purpose room, a computer room and offices. It will also have dormitories where 128 boarders can sleep, an infirmary, a kitchen, a sports field and dining hall.

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