The Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments, Mohamed Aïssa, said Monday in M’sila in eastern Algeria that the mission to “restore” the national religious reference landmark is at the same time devolved upon the country’s mosques, zaouïas and media.
Speaking at the opening of the 2nd National Symposium held under the theme: “Healthy Spiritual Life, Strengthening Social Cohesion and Promoting Good Citizenship”, the Minister noted that the mosque’s guidance speech must be shored up to “address the souls, spread the values of social cohesion and the development of the sense of belonging to the homeland”.
“This guidance speech should take as a model that of Zaouïas (Koranic Schools) which have, over the centuries, preserved the cohesion of Algerian society”, said the religious affairs minister who urged imams (religious preachers) to address with courage the dangers threatening the religious reference landmark, as well as the social evils that are drug addiction, kidnapping and rape, among others.
The national press is also called upon, Mr. Mohamed Aïssa stressed, to contribute to the re-establishment of the religious referent by orienting “healthily” the national public opinion while precluding the sectarian tension through which plots that target the national religious reference landmark could infiltrate.
“It is this national religious reference landmark that was the cement of national unity during popular resistance and the glorious Revolution against the then colonial yoke,” the minister underscored to this effect.
He also stated that such a correct spiritual orientation would duly promote the preservation of social cohesion and national unity.