LAS PALMAS – “What can Europe offer to Islam, and the Muslims to Europe?” “Europe gives Muslims who were born there a life in societies under the rule of law and democracy, where we can express and develop pluralistic points of view. In the other sense, what Muslims can contribute to Europe is further cultural horizons, the wealth of real pluralism. Islam also contributes to questions of spirituality and ethics, which trouble the whole of this consumer society. I am both things, a European and a Muslim, and my own contribution is to work for a reconciliation.” – Tariq Ramadan
Centuries after Christian building was put at the centre of C_rdoba’s mosque, Vatican hears Spanish appeal to allow Islamic worship there. Muslims across Spain are lobbying the Roman Catholic church in the southern city of C_rdoba to make a symbolic gesture of reconciliation between faiths by allowing them to pray in the city’s cathedral. C_rdoba’s renaissance cathedral sits in the centre of an ancient mosque complex, and local Muslims want to be allowed to pray there again. They have appealed to the Vatican to intercede on their behalf.