Jihad Turk Represents American Muslims in State Department Trip to Morocco

By: Editor

Jihad Turk, in his capacity of Interim Dean of Bayan, an Islamic Graduate School of Claremont Lincoln University, was awarded a U.S. Speaker and Specialist Grant to participate in an Interfaith Dialogue program in Morocco from Feb. 20 – 29. This program will support the U.S. Embassy in Rabat’s outreach efforts to relay positive messages about Islam in the U.S., and how the U.S. government advocates interfaith cooperation.

Morocco’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Endowments has praised the efforts of the U.S. Embassy inviting North American Imams to emphasize this message of tolerance and dialogue between different traditions. The program supports the goals of mutual understanding and partnership, as well as countering extremism.

Jihad has a full schedule. He will be speaking with students and faculty at University Mohammed V in Rabat, Dar Al Hadith Al Hassaniyya School of Theology, Al Qarawiyyin University School of Sharia, University Cadi Ayyad, and University Hassan II. He will also be meeting with a number of youth groups and dignitaries between his University speaking engagements.

Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca


He will also visit Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. Inspired by the verse of the Qur’an that states, “the throne of Allah was built on water,” the mosque is built on reclaimed land with almost half of its surface above the Atlantic. Part of its floor is glass and offers a view down into the sea. Its minaret is the world’s tallest, and it can hold up to 105,000 worshipers.

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