July 18, 2011
Lleida’s North Street mosque continues to be closed one year after the local government, finding the place of worship did not fulfil the safety requirements, decided to shut it down on July 2010. The relationship between the imam of the Salafi Islamic community and the city council has deteriorated because of the lack of a solution or an alternative place. Currently, the Muslim community continues without a place of worship using one public park for their religious practices.
More information about Lleida’s mosque controversy on Euro-Islam website:
Lleida’s mayor urged to seek another location for the Salafist mosque
Lleida mosque construction
Lleida City Council will not provide land to build a mosque
Lleida’s city council, governed by the Socialist Party of Catalonia (PSC), has blocked the administrative concession of land where the new mosque had to be built. The new mosque was intended to replace the North Street prayer’s room which has been closed since August. The Local Planning Commission rejected this project because the Islamic Community, lead by Abdelwhab Houzi, hasn’t provided the required documentation.
September 6, 7, 8, 2010
Ángel Ros, the mayor of Lleida, is putting pressure to the Muslim community of North Street in Lleida to move their mosque to another location. In the last months several incidents has been surrounding this mosque related to the prayer’s room capacity. Consequently, the relations between the members of the Salafist Islamic community and the city council are deteriorated.