In Spain, “The radical ideas are being transmitted in the virtual world.”

Riay Tatary, president of the Union of Islamic Communities (UCIDE) of Spain defended yesterday that Islam “is peace and therefore can not be used as a synonym for violence or terrorism.”

He also insisted that the Muslim Spanish community is well integrated and that “ radical ideas are being transmitted over the Internet, in the virtual world. It occurs in homes, in closed rooms. “ He also pointed out that the youth receives a weak islamic educaction through the web and this creates a need among the community to strenghten universal values such as such as coexistence, tolerance, justice, equality, freedom.

Muslims also victims of the 11-M

March 9, 2014


Muslims are victims  “fear and suspicion” after the tragedy of 11-M, Madrid terrorists attacks.
In these ten years the Muslim community has doubled its presence in Spain. 3% of the world’s Muslim population lives in Spain. “The 11-M led some media and security forces to typecast Muslims with international terrorism but the Spanish people have been much more mature and have learned to differentiate,” says the general secretary of the Islamic Commission of Spain, Riay Tatary .


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The Muslim Brotherhood a silent presence in Spain

28 July 2013


Riay Tatary, the President of the UCIDE (Union of Islamic Communities of Spain), was interviewed by the newspaper El Confidential about the possible connection between him, the UCIDE and the Musilim Brotherhood.

“UCIDE is distant from any movement: our principle is a positive independence. If any of our members is connected to it, it is on his own. We maintain a dialogue with other religions, ideologies and other sensibilities within Islam. We work with everyone, but without imposing “, he argues.

Do you belong to the Muslim Brotherhood? “No. I have good relationships with everyone, while there is nothing that affects our organization. I have been associated with them, yet I have the courage to say if I like or not. “My greatest concern is the entire Muslim community and that is the project that I defend. Islam is far greater than all the movements, which are nothing more than tools. In Spain I think we need to have another vision. And Tatary recalls that the word Islam means precisely peace: “The Muslim Brotherhood should have a very clear stance against violence, and not miss an opportunity to say it. “

Muslims ask their employers to be flexible with the working schedule of Muslim workers during Ramadan

8 July 2013
Speaking to Europa Press, the President of the Islamic Communities of Spain, Riay Tatary has asked the employers to “take care” of the Muslims workers during the Ramadan period. Tatary also thanks the Spanish people for their interest in the celebration of Ramadan and invites them to go to the mosques and share the events with their Muslim neighbors. Therefore they can get to know their traditions, lifestyle and discover that they are good citizens. Such gesture would be considered as a sign of integration, according to Tatary.

Spanish Muslims denounce the displacement of their mosques

03 June 2013

The president of the Union of the Islamic Communities of Spain, Riay Tatary, has criticized the “exile” with which “some municipalities” want to “punish” their mosques by moving them to “uninhabited areas such as industrial ones” or the suburbs. Tatary also added that this measure of the urbanization plans makes it harder for the believers to attend the services, to pray five times a day or just to go to the mosque in a daily basis.

Islamedia interviewed the imam and president of the Union of Islamic Communities of Spain, Mr. Riay Tatary.

13 May 2013


Islamedia interviewed  the imam and president of the Union of Islamic Communities of Spain, Mr. Riay Tatary.

I- What is the Islamic religious perspective of terrorism?

RT-Both the Koran and the Sunna express prohibition and condemnation of the grave sin of killing another human being, this transgression being matched and related to genocide and crimes against humanity. (…)Therefore, terrorism and criminal acts against civilians are clearly declared contrary to Islamic faith (…).

I-There seems to be confusion in defining a terrorist attack, in your opinion, how could we define terrorism?

RT-Any aggression against civilian or military targets by individuals or armed groups is reputedly terrorism (…).

I-Although terrorism is motivated by political extremism reasons why does it seem that the speech of Muslim terrorists is more loaded with religious vocabulary?

RT-Muslims are well aware that assaulting and endangering the life of others goes against the law of God, so to attract followers violent extremists distort the Word of God and make evil seem like good (…). Pretending that a cruel slaughter is considered a legitimate defense, or a minor jihad has caused today talk of “jihadist terrorism” to be a reference to this false speech. Falsifying the message of the Creator to the humanity to such a degree and consequences is a serious sin against God and human beings.

I-The general public has the impression that Muslims keep in silenceabout the terrorist attacks. Do they not condemn the attacks or are they not given enough publicity when they make such public condemnation?

RT-The Union of Islamic Communities of Spain, (…), has always condemned terrorism and attacks, with more emphasis in 2001 and 2004, however we cannot failing force the national press to reflect our press notes over the years, but they are available for anyone who wants to be properly documented.

I-For several years, some accused the imams and mosques to be the source of extremism. Has the population changed this perception?

RT-It has been changing and citizens realize that from the temples, including mosques, peace and brotherhood has been preached, and that the true breeding ground for violent extremists are the closed small groups who do not frequent the mosques (…).

I- How do you see the coexistence of Spanish Muslim communities with the rest of society?

RT-Overall there is a correct coexistence between neighbors of different religions, except in some specific cases municipalities where the public opinion has been poisoned therefore creating animosity between neighbors and Islamophobic fears about the opening of mosques (…).

Spanish Muslims wish that Pope Francis I, will keep the interfaith dialogue

16 March 2013


The President of the Islamic Communities of Spain, Riay Tatary, expects the new Pope to maintain an open dialogue profile and have a spirit of approchement towards others, not only to Catholics, but to all the great religions that “follow a same god. ”

Riay Tatary, expressed hope that the new Pope would follow the lead of interreligious dialogue that his predecessor Emeritus Pontiff, Benedict XVI, kept.

“If there is peace and cooperation between Christians and Muslims” for sure there will be peace in the world “because interreligious dialogue can promote coexistence, especially among members of the great religions,” concluded Tatary.

Islamic communities respect and value the resignation of Pope

11 February 2013

The president of the Union of Islamic Communities of Spain, Riay Tatary has expressed on Monday his respect and value for the resignation of Benedict XVI to the papacy due to his advanced age, as his role is one of “a lot of responsability”.

During his declarations, Tatary has highlighted the attitude of Benedict XVI as head of the Catholic Church of visiting several Muslim countries, through which he has “removed” the “damage” that he had caused in the relationship with Islam in the beginning of his pontificate.

Tatary: UCIDE The project is based on the unity of all Muslims in Spain

28 November 2012

Riay Tatary, President of the Union of Islamic Communities of Spain and General Secretary of the Islamic Commission of Spain participated on Wednesday, November 28 at the seminar “Public policies for managing religious diversity in Spain and Latin America” organized by the Law School of the University of Extremadura. Upon completion of his speech he was asked by one of the attendees about the current situation of the Muslims in Spain, to which he said “the UCIDE project is based on the unity of all Muslims in Spain in our communities and the defense of democratic principles. ”

The Union of Islamic Communities contest the election of new president

The Union of Islamic Communities of Spain (UCIDE) has claimed that the decision of the Islamic Commission in Spain (CIE) in the last 17 of November to elect Mounir Benjelloun Andaloussi Azhari as its new president, “did not fit right” by which they will put the necessary legal action to challenge it.

They contest the election on the basis that more than 70%of the Federations represented by the UCIDE where not included in the election process. As so they declare them invalid because they don’t represent the needed consensus.

Riay Tatary, the general secretary of the UCIDE believes that the election has not complied with the statutes of “consensus” so far regulating the functioning of this community and has announced that he is considering contesting the results.