Last Friday a confrontation took place between the two main Muslim groups of Ceuta. Each one of the groups arrived to the Friday prayer’s with their own imam. Finally, the Police had to intervene surrounding the building and trying to pacify the several groups of believers. The Muslim community of Ceuta is divided in two factions; on the one hand there is “Unión de Comunidades Islámicas de Ceuta” related to the Tabligh movement and, on the other hand, the FEERI that have less support but has links to the Moroccan government. The two Muslim federations are disputing over the control of the Great Mosque to the city.
Czech Muslims are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the first mosque built in the country, built in the city of Brno. While the Islamic Foundation in Brno faced protests and opposition concerning the mosque’s construction, and the facility was built without a minaret, the community is now thriving and is planning to build a new, and larger mosque. Islamic Foundation head Muneeb Hassan Alrawi said “we are celebrating ten years of the Brno mosque but we consider it a success of the society, of the people in the Czech Republic. Two different entities agreeing on a common principle of co-existence is definitely a success.” Brno’s Muslim community currently has some 800 members, comprised of both Czechs and foreigners.
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Spanish police arrested two Islamic terror suspects wanted by Morocco. The two men were arrested in Melilla, a Spanish enclave located on Morocco’s northern coast. The suspects were identified as Ali Aarass, and Mohamed El Bay. Aarass was sought for his involvement in a string of suicide attacks that killed 45 people in Casablanca, in May 2003. El Bay is accused of being part of an Islamic terror ring, and establishing tied with traffickers in Central Europe to obtain weapons and explosives. The suspects face no charges in Spain, but extradition proceedings will son begin.