“We are shocked because we did not expect it to happen and these people (we do not know who they are, but if they are Muslims it worries us even more) are tarnishing the image of Islam,” said Sheikh David Munir.
The Imam of the Lisbon Mosque criticized these “barbaric acts of cruelty”, which are not compatible with the environment of freedom of liberal countries.
“If they are not content to live in a liberal country, they may emigrate and leave us alone,” he said peremptorily.
In its opinion, the authors of the attack “are using Islam in a negative way” and degrade “the tolerance and the peace message that Islam conveys.”
July 6, 2014
A man suspected of links to the movement of European jihadists and who has been trained in Syria, was detained at Lisbon airport on Thursday and is in police custody.
The man is suspected of involvement in the international jihadist movement and is, according to those papers, in the list of targets monitored by the authorities of other European countries. He is one of a number of Dutch jihadists who have been trained by Islamists in training camps in Syria.
The man was found on Thursday evening in a prohibited area of the runway at Lisbon Airport by a plane of the Angolan airline TAAG, in possession of a knife of more than 20 centimeters.
June 08, 2014
Spain’s greatest experts on Jihadism, are unanimous: the Portuguese authorities have reasons for concern. “Portugal must be very alert to the movements of jihadists in the territory and for the radicalization within and outside its frontiers” warns Fernando Reinares, principal investigator of the International Terrorism Elcano Royal Institute in Madrid. The same opinion is shared by Oscar Perez Ventura, director of the Department of Analysis of Terrorism and Organized Crime adding: “These Iberian jihadists are considered very dangerous.”
Manuel Torres Soriano, University Professor and author of “Al Andalus, 2.0” emphasises “attention, that all these mentions of these groups to the recovery of Andalusia refer also to Portugal. The jihadists do not believe in national divisions, but in the existence of a unique Muslim community who embraces the entire peninsula.”
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.
25 January 2013
The Ministers of Internal Affairs of Morocco, France, Spain and Portugal signed in Rabat the ‘Rabat Declaration’ in which they materialize a closer police cooperation among the four countries.
The statement was expressed in four main areas: management of migration flows, counter-narcotics, counter-terrorism (with special attention to the Sahel region and its consequences), police cooperation and training.
30 June 2012
For three days, leaders, experts and representatives of different religious denominations coming from America, Spain and Portugal met in Barcelona.
The Director General of Religious Affairs has emphasized in his speech “the ability to dialogue and listening and the importance of interreligious dialogue.” In the closing ceremony was also discussed and approved a document called the Barcelona Declaration which will be given to the heads of states participating in Cadiz, in November at the XII Iberian-American Summit.
11 March 2011
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, a social democratic foundation, has published a report on right-wing extremism, intolerance and discrimination in Europe. Supremacy against particular groups is a widespread phenomenon in the eight European countries that the study focussed on (Germany, Britain, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Poland and Hungary). Several racists statements found strong agreement among the participants, e.g. around fifty percent claim their country hosts too many immigrants, between 17% (Netherlands) and 70% (Poland) supported anti-Semitic statements, a third believes in a natural hierarchy between ethnicities. Islam also plays a large role, with 50% of participants claiming that it is a religion of intolerance.
2 December 2010
Germans are more critical of Islam and less tolerant of building mosques than their neighbours in France, Denmark, the Netherlands and Portugal, a new survey has found.
Despite the other European countries’ often fractious relationships with their Muslim communities, people there were relatively positive about Islam and its followers compared to Germany, according to the survey commissioned by a research group based at the University of Münster.
According to weekly Die Zeit, which reported on an advance version of the study on Thursday, four out of 10 Germans in the former west of the country and 50 percent in the former east feel threatened by foreign cultures.
“Compared with the French, Dutch and Danish, a rigid and intolerant grasp of foreign religions predominates in Germany,” said the head of the project, sociologist Detlef Pollack. “The statement that Islam is part of Germany is completely disregarded in the opinions of Germans.”
International Conference Religions and Migrations
Local Diversity and Global Challenges
Religions and Migrations in Southern Europe
September 30 –October 1, 2010
Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto
(Via Panorâmica, s/n, 4150-564 Porto)
Dutch authorities re-arrested a Pakistani suspect that had been previously released in April, who will now be extradited to Spain. Dutch authorities released the man because there was insufficient evidence that he was involved in planning a terrorist attack; however, a Spanish magistrate issued an international arrest warrant against the man. The man is allegedly part of a jihad network planning to launch attacks in Spain, France, Portugal, Germany, and England. The 26-year old man, Akeel Abbasi, was of Pakistani origin and had lived in the Netherlands since September 1007, and registered for a four-year professional education course.