Badajoz: Ramadan against the thermometer

11 July 2013

At the mosque of Gurugu street the Ramadan prayers finish at the first hour of dawn. “Here we make a sacrifice because the next day we still need to get up to go to work, but we adapt, “summarizes Adel Najjar, the Imam of Badajoz. To try to reconcile the Ramadan schedules, representatives of Islamic communities have asked several times to employers to facilitate the life of Muslim workers as they do not have it easy.  In fact, Spain is one of the countries where the Muslim community fasts for a longer period (17 hours), alongside the high temperatures (30/40 degrees Celsius).

Besides these problems the community of Badajoz has also to solve the question of space. The mosque is too small and they do not have an oratory for women. Moreover, between Badajoz and Huelva there is no mosque and many communities come also from Portugal to pray there.

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.

Sheep Hung at Site of Intended Dutch Mosque

A dead sheep was hung at the site of a new mosque in the Dutch city of Roosendaal, police reported Saturday. The animal had ‘no mosque’ written in green on the fleece. The sheep hung at the site of one of the largest planned mosques in the Netherlands, which has already seen incidents of arson and graffiti. The mosque’s chairman responded in anger to the deed, but notes that he does not suspect it was perpetrated by the mosque’s neighbours.