A mosque in Granada with racist graffiti on the wall

13 June 2013

“Stop Islam” and “Stop the Invasion” were the sentences painted at the Islamic Cultural Center and Mosque in Armilla, Granada.
The fact has been described as serious by the Islamic Commission of Spain. Mounir Benjelloun, President of the Islamic Commission of Spain has issued a statement protesting against this event and calling the graffiti ‘xenophobic’ and ‘racist’. In the same statement, he expressed his conviction that this fact will not affect “in any way” the good coexistence among the Spanish Muslim citizens of Armilla and the Andalusian society “.

The UCIDCE, Union of Islamic Communities in Ceuta very pleased with the outcome of the Third Islamic Conference

15/04/2012

In the last of the conferences organized by the UCIDCE about the interreligious dialogue, the organization emphasized the large number of people and the quality of the contents of the various conferences that took place in the days of the event of The Third Islamic Conference. The conference counted with Zakaria Maza al Qurtubi [1], Isa Garcia[2] and Muhammad Al Toujgani[3].


[1] President of the Community Mosque Taqwa in Granada

[2] A graduate in Arabic Language and Islamic Studies in Theology on the University of Umm Al-Qura Makkah City, Saudi Arabia, specializing in the “Origins of Prophetic traditions.” Translator of numerous books and authored a series of titles for the correct understanding of Islam to non-Muslims entitled “Introduction to Islam”. He was the director of the Spanish department of the editorial “International Islamic Publishing House “(IIPH), Darussalam and different websites.

[3] Moroccan Sheik of the Belgium Mosque, Al Khalil

 

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The III Islamic Congress of Ceuta

The III Islamic Congress lectured on the basics of theology to achieve peaceful coexistence in a pluralistic society and intercultural; the president of the organization, Laarbi Maateis, explained that the meeting aims to promote Arab and Islamic culture “because it is a world heritage site and we want to bring communication and knowledge about it to other cultures”.

The Congress was divided through three days and counted with the participation of three major figures whose short bio follows below.

In this link you can see the presentation in Spanish of the Congress and its Lecturers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx3GE4CK8YI

Muhammad Isa Garcia

Born in Buenos Aires in 1971 he has a degree in Arabic Language and Islamic Studies in Theology on the University of Umm Al-Qura in the city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia. He is a writer, specializing in ‘Origins of Prophetic traditions”. He is also a translator of numerous books and authored a series of titles for the understanding of Islam by Non-Muslims included under the title of ‘Introduction to Islam’. Speaker at numerous forums in Europe, Latin America and the United States, he was the publishing director of the Spanish department of the ‘International Islamic Publishing House’, Darussalam and different websites. He is director of editorial content of Canal Satellite ‘Cordoba’ and also an expert in mediation and conflict resolution, certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia. He has translated a collection of Islamic doctrine, a total of 8 volumes, and he is currently performing a translation of the holy book of Koran.

Manuel Maza Vielva (Zakaria Maza)

Born in Córdoba, Professor Manuel Maza Vielva answers to the name of Zakaria after his conversion; he was born 21 years ago and he achieved the title of professor of basic general education at the University of Cordoba; he continued his studies in Mecca with a degree in Arabic Language Studies and Methodology. In addition, he has also a specialization in Sharia and Islamic Studies in other sciences, through various seminars held both in Spain and other European countries. Besides being a professor at various centers in 1983 he became the co-founder of the Mosque Albaida in Granada, where he also taught at the Spanish-Arabic school. He has also taught Arabic at the International University Averroes of Cordoba and he has translated several works such as a collection of Hadiths ‘The Gardens of the Righteous’ or ‘resurgence of Islam in Al-Andalus’. Currently he is the President of the Spanish Muslim Community of the Fear of Allah Mosque.

http://www.elfarodigital.es/ceuta/sociedad/93208-manana-comienza-el-iii-congreso-islamico-ceuti.html

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Mohammed Toujgani

He does not speak French, but his charisma as a preacher has a strong emotional charge over a significant Arabic speaking audience: the Friday prayers (mosque al-khalil) are flowing with hundreds of devotees from different parts of Belgium. His speech is forging links with neo-Salafi approach, but it is characterized primarily by proximity to the strong political tradition of the Muslim Brotherhood, sensitive to the struggles in which Muslims are engaged in the world (Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan etc..). This preacher plays an important role since he became President of the League of Imams of Belgium, an association with the corporatist desire to defend the professional interests of imams. He has also influenced a number of important young preachers in Brussels, including Abu Abdullah Adil. It was in this center that the Afghan mujahideen Office in Belgium, close to the Hezb-i-Islami of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar was established in the 1980s.

http://meria.idc.ac.il/journal_fr/2008/issue1/jv3no1a5.html

Congress about fiqh maliki and the Al Andalus

12/03/2012 Author: Abdul Haqq Salaberria

In Tangier, Morocco, a group of ulamas, academics, and researchers from all over the world got together to discuss the modern presence of the fiqh-maliki school of the Andalus and its influence in the configuration of the cognitive Islamic universe. Bashir Castineira, Imam jatib of the Granada Mosque spoke about the existence of several Spanish Islamic communities working to establish again Islam in Al-Andalus, of their dawa effort and the teaching of the fiqh-maliki, and the publication in Spanish of classical juridical texts.

 

List of Lecturers :

 

  1. Dr. Abdel Hadi Tazi, from the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco
  2. Dr. Khalid Abdullah’s Madhkour, Chairman of the Council of Islamic Sharia in Kuwait
  3. Shaykh Muhammad Amin Shijna Wild, representative of the Council of Ulema of Mauritania
  4. Dr. Jamila Zian, Professor at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Saiss and Sidi  Mohammed Ben Abdellah and member of the Islamic Council of Fez
  5. Castiñeira Bashir, Imam Khatib Mosque in Granada and student of the Koran at the University of Fez Qairawiyyin
  6. Abdul Haqq Salaberria, Secretary of the Basque Islamic Council

 

Themes:

  • Maliki school Andalusian-Maghreb in the world;
  • the legacy of Al Andalus Muslims contemporary Andalus:

Presented in Granada the first Muslim Party

One day before the EU-Moroccan summit, the PRUNE – Partido Renacimiento y Unión de España (Spain’s Renaissance and Union Party) is officially presented in Granada. It’s founder, a Spaniard of Moroccan origin (former delegate of the Spanish Islamic Commission – CIE – and Vice-president of the FEERI – Spanish Federation of Islamic Religious Entities) relates the parties’ principles – which include the promotion of political participation, of justice, equality, solidarity and respect for the Spanish Constitution and legality – and regrets the negative public reaction claiming a potential islamicist and pro-Moroccan tendency of the Party. PRUNE shall run for the municipal elections in the year 2011 and for the general elections in 2012. So far the PRUNE is present in Granada, Málaga, Madrid, Barcelona, Asturias, Valencia and Murcia.

Digital Islamic channel in Spain

The first Islamic digital TV channel in Spain is going to be launched next August, coinciding with the beginning of Ramadan. The channel is promoted and financed by the Saudi sheikh Abdelaziz Al Fawzan. It might be called “Cordoba” and its headquarters are to be in Andalusia, most likely in the city of Granada or in Cordoba itself. The content on the channel is going to be similar to other religious channels promoted by Saudi Arabia including Iqraa or Saudi Channel. The channel is also going to broadcast in other Spanish speaking countries.

Interview with the president of PRUNE, the first Islamic party in Spain

The Party for the Renaissance and Union of Spain (PRUNE) is the first Islam-orientated political party in Spain. The Party was founded in Granada and party organizers are trying to present candidacies in three cities (Granada, Barcelona and Oviedo) for the next local elections in 2011. The article is an interview with Mustafá Bakkach El Aamrani, the president of PRUNE. In the interview, he explains the main points of their political program. He defines PRUNE as a party with an “Islamic orientation” much like the way “the Popular Party (PP) has a Christian orientation”. “This is different from an Islamic party”, Mustafá Bakkach adds. The PRUNE was legalized in July 2009. The party identifies itself as a conservative party which aspires to represent all the minorities of Spain.

Controversial celebration of Reconquest Day in Granada

The “Toma day” is a traditional festival in Granada that commemorates the end of the Spanish Reconquest of Spain. This celebration takes place in the Town Hall square on January 2 and commemorates the entry of the Catholic Kings into the City, and the end of Islamic presence in Spain.

In the crowd there are usually fascist groups that use the occasion to publicize their racist and xenophobic claims against the immigrant and Muslim population. Different civic organizations are against this practice and, every year, organize an alternative event in sign of protest. These organizations are collecting signatures against the celebration of the Reconquest.

Over 100 illegal African migrants reach Spain

Over a hundred African migrants were held at a detention center in Motril, Granada, after two boats turned up on the shores in a span of less than 24 hours. The immigrants, who departed from Morocco, exceeded the capacity of the immigrant detention center, resulting in the majority being scheduled to be moved to another detention center. Since the beginning of the year, 582 illegal migrants have been caught trying to reach Spanish shores.

Study reveals that immigrant teenagers eat better than Spanish teenagers

According to a study carried out by the Department of Experimental Sciences of the University of Granada, immigrant teenagers eat a better diet than Spanish teenagers. As a result, immigrant teenagers have a lower probability of suffering from obesity, diabetes, and other cardiovascular diseased caused by bad eating habits. Issues such as meal habits, kinds of foods, and nutrition were among those examined in the study.

Conference and Seminar about Sufism in Granada

The German Sufi Master Hussein Abdul Fattah Hill recognized by his high spiritual, religious and cultural capacity will be giving a conference about Sufism nowadays in Carmen de la Victoria de Granada on the 14 of March, and since the 16 until the 18 of March at the Puebla de Don Fadrique. The event will be open to any type of belief, sex, so that the traditional Islam of Andalusia can be explained.