Confrontation in the Great Mosque of Ceuta

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.

The reorganization of Muslim associations in Catalonia

The article is an overview of the system of representation for Muslim communities in Catalonia. The most important Muslim federation in Catalonia is the CICC (The Islamic and Cultural Council of Catalonia). The CICC was created in 2001 and currently is the principal Muslim liason with the Catalan government. There are other Islamic associations too, some of which are critical of the work being done by the CICC.

Recently the CICC has created a controversial travel agency which organizes annual pilgrimages to Mecca. Critics of the CICC see this agency as a private business and not a religious organization.

Currently there are two other Muslim federations; one is still in the project stages having broken off from the CICC and the other, the UCIC, is a part of UCIDE. The fragmentation of Muslim communities, combined with other factors, such as the influence of the Moroccan government makes it difficult to have only one federation as the privileged liason with the Catalan government.