Sufism or Tassawuf as it is called in Arabic is a way of education and spiritual teaching, considered to be the esoteric aspect of Islam. It was first defused by stoics and devotees in the path of our creator, in an informal way before it was progressively structured around the 10th century. Historically, the transmission of this teaching is done in its early stages through spiritual centers that earned by merit to preserve the norms of culture, sociability, and spirituality proper to Islam in an era of dislocation of the Muslim world, particularly under the reign of the Abbassides dynasty in Baghdad. These centers, in fact, have known how to preserve a message of a universal spirituality that has nourished the Muslim culture and not only enhanced its artistic and literary expressions but also its social and economic advancements. For centuries Sufism has inspired simultaneously the organization and the ethical and spiritual charters of all classes harmoniously throughout the Muslim world.
In Morocco, for example, guilds and special trades have traditionally allied themselves with Sufi orders as they found ethical education a way to prosperity. The relationship that has been established between spirituality and social and human development has marked naturally the cultural and historical identity of Morocco.
These Sufi Orders of Morocco have known through time an international beaming by establishing their zawiyas throughout the Islamic empire from the Farwest of Morocco to the borders of China. The case of the Zawiya Shadhulia and Zawiya Tijania in this regard is an eloquent illustration. The roles of these Sufi orders of teaching and civic and spiritual education at the same time engagement of human development and mediation for peace, in a profound and creative effect, are what constitute the unique identity of Moroccan culture.
The festival of the Sufi Culture in Fez has not only the gift to identify a spiritual and artistic patrimony of an exceptional wealth, but also to open the thought on what could be the benefit of this patrimony on the heart of the Moroccan society today. Sufism can also inspire on a global level, some new approaches for concrete maneuvers of peace mediations and for development of mutual dialogues between religions and cultures. This festival can contribute as well as promote and diffuse throughout the world, the message of peace, universality, and a spiritual way of life registered in the heart of Islam, particularly in our troubled world today.
This Sufi Journey in Morocco is beyond just a spiritual trip to a foreign destination, but as close as you can get for a spiritual growth. Join us in the spirit of a universal improvement by meeting world-renowned scholars and thinkers of different faiths and traditions. Meet with other travelers like yourself from all webs of life who are here to share and learn what self-growth is all about.
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