King Mohammed VI is a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) and his family has ruled Morocco for close to 400 years. He is also constitutionally the Amir al Mu’minin, or Commander of the Faithful thereby combining religious and political authority. King Mohammed VI is lauded for his domestic reform policies and pioneering efforts in modernizing Morocco and countering terrorism. He tackles issues of poverty, vulnerability and social exclusion at home, and has improved foreign relations. King Mohammed VI is an influential leader for his control of the network of Muslims following the Maliki school of Islamic jurisprudence, and as a leading monarch in Africa.
Four-Hundred Year Alaouite Dynasty
The 400 year-old Alaoutie dynasty traces its lineage back to the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h). It sees itself as a continuation of the Andalusian Golden Age of Islam, which was characterised by peaceful co-existence and intellectual and cultural exchange and development.
Control of Maliki Network
Morocco is home to the oldest university in the world, Al- Karaouine. This university is the center of the Maliki school of jurisprudence. This school bases its rulings on the Qur’an and Hadith but also predominantly derives its practices from the work of Malik ibn Anas (711-795 CE) and his texts, the Al Muwatta and Al Mudawana. Since early in his reign, King Mohammed VI has implemented the Mudawana family law code that gives rights to women in divorce and property ownership, as well as citizenship to children born from non-Moroccan fathers. He has also commissioned the Islamic Affairs Ministry to train women preachers, or Morchidat, who are now active chaplains to Moroccans across the globe.
Huge Influence over Muslims in Africa
King Mohammed VI leads the largest African monarchy, with a population of 32 million. Besides political links, Morocco maintains strong spiritual ties with Muslims all over Africa. Morocco is the site of the tomb of a highly revered Sufi sheikh, Mawlana Ahmed Ibn Mohammed Tijani Al Hassani Al Maghribi (1735- 1815 CE), the founder of the Tijaniyya Sufi order, whose shrine attracts millions from across the continent. Morocco is also recognized as a source for the spread of Islam through West Africa. Thus, King Mohammed VI exercises vast amounts of power and influence over Muslims in Morocco, throughout Africa, and the rest of the world. He leads one of the most stable constitutional monarchies in the region, which is also the center of a moderate, flourishing Muslim culture.
Support for Al-Quds
The King and indeed all Moroccans show strong support for Palestinians and for Jerusalem. The Moroccan link with Jerusalem has been strong since Salah al-Din’s son endowed the Magharbeh Quarter, next to the Buraq Wall, to North African pilgrims in 1193. This 800 year old quarter was demolished by the Israeli authorities in 1967 after they had captured East Jerusalem.
King Mohammed VI has implemented major reforms in response to the Arab Spring protests. These have included a new constitution which has transferred many powers to a freely and fairly elected government. The Justice and Development Party (PJD) won the elections and is the current government.
Morocco: Greetings Letters Exchanged Between HM King Mohammed VI, Swedish King On Occasion of 250th Anniversary of First Friendship Treaty. 17 May 2013. Rabat — HM King Mohammed VI and HM King Carl Gustaf R. of Sweden, exchanged ...
WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama invited Morocco's King Mohammed VI to visit Washington during a telephone conversation with the monarch on Thursday, the White House announced. During the call Obama "reaffirmed the historic relationship ...
King Mohammed VI of Morocco urged the conservative Istiqlal party to remain part of the coalition government, AFP reported on Sunday (May 12th). According to Istiqlal spokesperson Adil Benhamza, the king called party leader Hamid Chabat "to exhort him ...and more »
THE king of Morocco, Mohammed VI recently visited three African countries, two of which (Senegal and Cote d'Ivoire) are in Nigeria's backyard. Even the third-Gabon is not too far off Nigeria's southern sea frontier flanking the gulf of Guinea. Morocco ...
Network managers protested, and King Mohammed VI intervened, appointing a special commission to decide on the matter. Meanwhile, no contracts were signed for a year, putting the industry into crisis. Actors, directors and producers say that they have ...
Morocco's King Mohammed VI, accompanied with Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba, inaugurated Wednesday the eighth edition of the International Agricultural Fair in Morocco (SIAM) held in the imperial city of Meknes as the North African country is ...and more »
Rabat — On the occasion of the 57th anniversary of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR), HM King Mohammed VI, FAR supreme chief and chief of staff addressed this Tuesday the annual order of the day to the officers, majors and soldiers. The creation of the ...and more »
Dozens travelled recently from Europe and the United States to attend the rededication of the long-neglected Jewish burial plot within the Varzea cemetery, which has been restored with financial help from Morocco's King Mohammed VI. "I want to know ...
Morocco, under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, recently deepened its ties in Africa and underscored the country's commitment-and the king's personal dedication-to strong relationships among countries. Such relationships, it's believed, can sow the ...and more »
Now a Washington-based nonprofit is spearheading their restoration. The Cape Verde Jewish Heritage Project has a board stuffed with prominent Jewish Washingtonians, but its funding comes almost entirely from one man — King Mohammed VI of Morocco.
-Responding to demonstrations in the country, King Mohammed VI has changed the country’s constitution and the prime minister and the parliament now have powers that were previously the reserve of the King.
-He is the big winner of reform and evolution — not revolution — in the Arab Spring; no one was killed in Morocco.
-The post-Arab Spring formula in Morocco has proven to work successfully with an elected government and the king keeping essentially moral authority.