The Institute for Promoting Training in the Islamic Faith started on Monday, with the first meeting of its management board.

This is reported on Tuesday by La Libre Belgique and La Dernière Heure. The objective is to develop, ultimately, a Belgian Islamic faith. The is aim is to fill the existing vacuum in terms of training within current Muslim frameworks.

The purpose of the institute is to offer theological training to imams, imam khatibs or even professors of the Islamic religion. The President of the Muslim Executive, Salah Echallaoui, explained, "The idea is also to put in place, in the short to medium term, academic training which does not exist in the French community." His comments came at the official launch of the Institute for Promoting Training in the Islamic Faith, in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. He stressed the necessity to maintain the separation between religion and the state, in the creation of such an institute.

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