Muslims call for more Muslim cemeteries in Spain to avoid repatriating bodies

25 June 2012

The president of the Union of Islamic Communities of Spain (UCIDE) Riay Tatary, has claimed more Muslim cemeteries in Spain – they have twelve in the country – to avoid having to repatriate the bodies, which is very expensive, more in this time of crisis, as the cost can amount to 6,000 euros, depending on the country of origin of the deceased.

Speaking to Europa Press, Tatary has indicated that, although the Law 26/1992, a Cooperation Agreement between the Spanish State and the Islamic Commission of Spain, recognizes the Islamic communities with “the right to reserve plots for Islamic burials in municipal cemeteries, and the right to own their own Islamic cemeteries “, some municipalities are playing deaf.

Tatary indicated they are trying that, where there is a fairly large Muslim population, there is a cemetery or burial plot for Muslims or at least that they will be allowed to transfer the body to the nearest graveyard, which, as he explained, “is very difficult “because” municipalities do not want it.”

Round table talks address Swiss Muslims’ problems

The vote to ban the construction of minarets in Switzerland has been a wake-up call to both the government and Swiss Muslims, round table talks have shown. Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf met six representatives of Islamic organisations in Bern on Monday, to discuss the situation of Muslims in the light of the anti-minaret vote passed by the Swiss public on November 29.

It was the third such meeting since the anti-minaret initiative was launched, but the first since it was passed. Follow-up meetings are planned where specific proposals will be discussed. Topics discussed included mosque construction, Islamic cemeteries and growing Islamophobia.