Conference Background :
The success achieved by the first and second Fez International Sufi Conferences has motivated the International Academic Center of Sufi and Aesthetic Studies to organize a Third Annual Meeting during the Spring of 2017 with the partnership of national and international academic groups and various mystical institutions from across the world.
We are pleased to note that the Annual Conference has become one of the most important events anticipated by Sufi enthusiasts from around the world, both researchers and practitioners. We believe that this is due to the conference’s clear vision based on the Quran and Sunnah and in accordance with the inherited understandings of the Prophet’s living light over generations, which rejects hyperbole, extremism, and heresy.
The Annual Conference aims to go beyond narrow views confining mystic acts within the scope of a single Sufi order claiming the entire truth. The Conference also rejects negative competitiveness among Sufi orders or with any other Islamic groups. Rather, this Conference seeks to highlight the openness of mystic thoughts, practices, and creativity, including all the beautiful meanings and noble values considered the real essence of Islam.
Society today is in need of true Sufism to help reconcile the psychological and physical aspects of our human lives. This Sufism is rooted in following the Prophet’s methods for molding worthy human lives and is intertwined with a faith that emerges from repentance founded upon inner struggle and the conscious understanding of Islamic doctrines and dogma. These come before undertaking a path of purification grounded in enlightenment of the mind, heart, soul, and spirit. Finally, the ascent to divine knowledge derives from an unending love of perfection and beauty. And this, in turn, is reflected in the Sufi Muslim’s vision of the universe and creation, in which sympathy for all creatures becomes one of the noble goals of the spiritual journey.
Nowadays, the world is in serious crisis in all spheres, from the political to the economic, and the social to the intellectual. This wide-ranging crisis affects moral and spiritual values as they become overwhelmed by anxiety and conflict. Individuals and nations suffer the same fate. We therefore, more than at any other time, need to embrace a true Sufi approach, far removed from spiritual corruption, so as to inspire individuals with inner peace and who will, in turn, create a peaceful community.
For a discussion of these questions, we call upon prominent intellectuals and leaders of Sufi orders from all over the world to join together in the city of Fès in April to discuss this year’s Conference theme, “Sufism for Global Peace.”