Rabat – Moroccan Head of Government Saad Eddine Othmani has presented his new book as a gift to King Mohammed VI ahead of its publication, according to Moroccan daily newspaper Akhbar Al Yaoum.Entitled “The Islamist Prophetic Actions… A Temporal Study of Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) in Imama”, the 370-page book is continuation of his thesis written for his degree at Rabat’s Dar El Hadith El Hassania.In the book, Othmani defends the distinction between religion and politics based on the Prophet’s actions, which religious scholars usually distinguish as being divided between divine relations, to which the Faithful have to submit, and the Prophet’s other actions as a political leader, which are subject to debate. Othmani has published several books and papers on both Islamic studies and psychology, his other field of study. His popular books include “Jurisprudence of Political Participation of Sheikh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah” (1997), “Woman’s Issues and Psychological Tyranny” (1998), and his diplôme superior thesis in Islamic Studies at Mohammed VI’s Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences in 1999, “The Actions of the Prophet Muhammad, Peace Be Upon Him, with Imama Methodological and Legislative Connotations”.He also released “Religion and Politics: Preference, Not Separation” (1999), tackling the political participation of the Moroccan Islamist movement.Known as a bookworm from a young age, Othmani showed an interest in politics as a child and began working with Dawah O Tabligh, a group of Sunni Muslim evangelists and preachers. His father opposed his political bent, warning him against entering politics.On March 17, 2017, King Mohammed VI appointed Othmani as Head of Government replacing his partisan colleague Abdelilah Benkirane who had failed to form government coalition.
October 7, 2019
BRUSSELS — European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will use his first day back at work after a gallbladder operation to speak to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson by phone about stalled Brexit negotiations.Juncker’s spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said Tuesday it was up to Britain to come up with concrete proposals to break the deadlock over the how the EU-UK border on the island of Ireland would be managed once both sides split up.With a target departure date of Oct. 31 drawing nearer, Andreeva said any proposal by Johnson would need to be “compatible with the withdrawal agreement” that the EU negotiated with his predecessor Theresa May. Johnson is insisting that the Irish border arrangement in the agreement must be changed, something the EU has steadfastly refused.The Associated Press