Popular Party (PP) figure calls for the closing of “unlicensed” and “illegal” mosques in Spain

November 11, 2013


Alberto Fernandez, deputy of the Popular Party (PP) in Barcelona has asked the mayor Xavier Trias to close all Muslim centers that have no license.
Fernandez has also denounced a Pakistani cultural center located in the Poble Sec (Barcelona) as an illegal center.

Finally, he has asked the City Hall to ensure the legality of these centers, as well as to ensure that they respect the values ​​of coexistence and democracy and that these centers “do not cause the formation of ghettos in some neighborhoods.”


Abc.es : http://www.abc.es/local-cataluna/20131115/abci-alberto-fernandez-reclama-cierre-201311151844.html

A Mayor Who Puts Wall Street First

Mr. Bloomberg was keen to take on the impossible, or at least the seemingly so. And he did. A man whose public personality came in a plain brown wrapper presided during an era of radical change and rebirth in the city, much of it fostered by his administration.


On March 15 of last year, at a moment when many New Yorkers found themselves increasingly disturbed by revelations that the Police Department had conducted constitutionally suspect surveillance of Muslim communities, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg made an unplanned visit to the offices of Goldman Sachs.


The mood had grown sour among some of the city’s most amply compensated plutocrats. The day before, Greg Smith, an executive director in the company’s equity derivatives business, announced his resignation, in an Op-Ed page article in The New York Times, declaring that the previous decade had left Goldman’s culture so steeped in avarice and self-interest, so utterly disdainful of its clients, that he no longer found it morally tenable to work there.


It was not simply that he was such an obvious champion of the financial industry, but also that in the city he ran he could barely brook any dissent of it.


The siren song of large numbers led the city to multiply the number of people that the police stopped and frisked. He was not naturally inclined to soaring oratory, so on his rare forays, the eloquence was indelible. Practically alone among elected officials in the United States, Mr. Bloomberg spoke in 2010 for the right of a Muslim group to open a mosque a few blocks from the site of the World Trade Center attacks, citing the founding principles of the nation. As he stood on Governors Island, with the Statue of Liberty visible over his shoulder, Mr. Bloomberg said: “We would be untrue to the best part of ourselves and who we are as New Yorkers and Americans if we said no to a mosque in Lower Manhattan.”


Last week, during a news conference in City Hall, the same mayor snarled at a judge for ruling that in searching the pockets of millions of young black and Latino men who had done nothing wrong, the police and the city had violated their constitutional rights. The moment lacked even a whisper of the grace that had made his voice so powerful on Governors Island.


But the Constitution protects the rights of individuals and does not recognize the laws of large numbers. It requires that the more invasive an action the authorities take against a person, the greater the cause must be.


Asked on Monday about a judge’s order that the police wear body cameras in five precincts for a year, to document precisely what was happening in the streets, Mr. Bloomberg seemed especially angry. A “nightmare,” he said. He insisted the test would fail: a police officer might turn his or her head and the camera would miss the action.


The judge said it would be an experiment, a pilot project for a year, but Mr. Bloomberg wasn’t having it. “It is a solution that is not a solution,” he declared.

Almost 5.000 Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan with prayers

09 August 13
About 5,000 Muslims have come this Friday morning to perform their prayers at the two outdoor locations city organized by the City Hall to celebrate the Eid El Fitr. This year, however the UCIDCE has decided to withdraw the invitation made to the Local Government to join the festivities. The President of the Union, Laarbi Maateis, has justified the act as a way to “avoid criticism and controversy.” The local government spokesman Mabel Deu, also told reporters, did not give significance to the fact and said that “there is no need to be invited.”

Radio Mollet interviews the President of the Union of Islamic Communities of Catalonia (UCIDCAT)

25 July 2013

On Wednesday, the 24th of July 2013, the President of the Union of Islamic Communities of Catalonia (UCIDCAT), El Ghaidouni[1] gave an interview on the Radio Mollet news. El Ghaidouni discussed the situation of the Al Huda Mollet del Vallés community that has been doing the prayers of the month of Ramadan in the town square as a response to the closing of its headquarters by the City Hall. The UCIDCAT President stated also that, on one hand the city must find a solution to this problem and on the other, the members of the community should assume that any proposed solution must respect the urban plan of the city. El Ghaidouni said that UCIDCAT rejected the the location of places of worship in industrial areas, because religious practice does not produce waste or chemicals.
The UCIDCAT President concluded the interview by saying “we are expecting a serious commitment from the City to resolve this conflict, and any solution should come in the next day or week.”


[1] https://twitter.com/El_Ghaidouni


Muslims accuse the city of Vila of racism for not having a place to pray

25 July 2013


The Muslims of Vila accused yesterday the City Hall of aplying  ‘racist’ policies against the Islamic collective for “ideological reasons” assured the president of the Islamic Community Ibiza-Maghreb, Redouan Elkharrim. The conflict arises because, according to Elkharrim, they have no sufficient conditions for prayer during the month of Ramadan.  The representative of the Muslims said that once completed the period of Ramadan, he plans to meet with the mayor of Vila, Pilar Marí, and President of the Consell, Vicent Serra, and that “if necessary” he will go to Madrid. “There is no political will or anything. Here everyone would prefer that Muslims did not exist, “he said. In this period, the group has used the mosques of Ses Figueretes and the Navarra street to pray at the lack of a better place to do it all together.

The Islamic Community of Mollet prays in font of the City Hall as a sign of protest

11 July 2013

The Al Huda Islamic Community of Mollet (circa 150 to 200 people) met for the second day in front of the City Hall to perform their daily prayers during Ramadan, as a sign of protest. The meeting place was chosen as a protest against the closure of their former local of prayers. However the City Hall representatives affirm that the place is closed due to illegal construction works performed without permission. Furthermore, they add that the place is designed to be a commercial space so it could never be used as a mosque.

The Islamic community of Bilbao protests against the places of worship law

14 June 2013
More than a hundred members of the Bilbao Muslim community expressed their dissatisfaction about the new law ruling the places of worship during a demonstration at the esplanade of the Guggenheim Museum.
According to the law which is to be approved at the end of the month, no mosque or other type place of worship can be located in the city of Bilbao, pushing all new construction on the outskirts of the town.
A spokesman for the Muslim community, Othman Gomez Kortazar, considered the law a “serious attack” to the Islamic community and to all other religions. “The City Hall does not want to see in Bilbao people with different customs and beliefs” complained Gomez to the reporters.
He also lamented the unwillingness of the City Hall to dialogue and to try to reach a solution with the Muslim organizations. The president of the Al Furkan, Moulay Idriss Sadiki, demanded respect for  freedom of worship.

City hall fires Muslim convert for controversy


Brussels City Hall fired a recent Belgium convert to Islam for having refused to shake the hand of his female supervisor. When being interrogated during an inquiry on the case, the accused stated ‘to be forbidden to touch women’ according to his religion. The man was fired on the grounds of contradicting the notion of neutrality and civility at workplace.


Cambridge mosque leader disavows marathon bombers

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — People who worship at the Cambridge mosque where the Boston Marathon bombing suspects prayed have held an interfaith service with community members during which a leader condemned the attacks as a ‘‘grotesque perversion of the teaching of our faith.’’

Anwar Kazmi, a member of the executive board of the Islamic Society of Boston which runs the mosque, effectively disavowed the bombing suspects during the interfaith service Thursday evening. He cited a warning from Mohammad that anyone whose actions make neighbors feel insecure is not a Muslim.

Kazmi was speaking after an estimated 300 people marched from the Cambridge City Hall to the mosque to pray for peace and declare their solidarity with worshippers there. Those who marched include residents as well as political, community and religious leaders.

The location of a mosque affects local politics in Portugalete

15 August 2012

The possibility that a mosque will open its doors in an inhabited house in Portugalete has shaken the daily life of the local City Hall. The Mayor, the Socialist Mikel Torres, yesterday accused the Popular Party of “lying” and generate “social alarm” by reporting  that “many residents will find themselves arriving from their holidays to see such a Mosque located under their homes. ”
Unlike Bilbao or Basauri, where government teams plan to ban Mosques in housing buildings, Torres does not believe this to be necessary. In his opinion, Portugalete lives a different situation. “Here we do not have 118 centers of worship coming from  eight different religious denominations like in Bilbao.