Letter from the Spanish Islamic Council to the new Pope

14 March 2013

 

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Dear Pope,
The community of Spanish Muslims part of the Islamic Council wants to give you a heartfelt message of brotherhood and spiritual harmony on the difficult and exciting task of leading the Catholic church in the XXI century.
We hope that during your papacy, the message of love of Jesus will strengthen the spiritual communion between Christians, Muslims and other religions and creeds, and that we may achieve, among all believers, the foundation for a world spirituality oriented and of peaceful coexistence, solidarity and brotherhood of all mankind.
May peace and blessings of God accompany you,

Abdelkarim Carrasco
Presidente of the Islamic Council

IX Islamic Congress of Catalonia

1/12/2012

The Islamic Union of Spanish Islamic Communities of Spain and the Islamic Union of Catalonian Communities will organize the IX Islamic Congress of Catalonia. During the days 14,15 and 16 of December 2012, will participate in the event distinct figures to deal with the theme of the congress: The religion: volunteer work and social action.

Spanish Islamic Community examines “The Role of women in the integration of family in society.”

30 April 2012

 

On Sunday, April 22 of 2012, in Montmelo, the Islamic Community with the collaboration of the Union of Islamic Communities of Catalonia organized a conference for female members of the community under the title “The Role of women in the integration of family in society. ”
At the end of the conference it was clear for all participants the degree of concern that women have over the education of children, communication with neighbors and direct involvement in civic participation.

History’s Hands: Transporting visitors from Fifth Avenue to Fez

After 30 years, the Met museum has embarked on the most ambitious rethinking and rebuilding of its Islamic art galleries in its history, a $50 million endeavor. At the heart of those galleries, which will open in the fall after being closed six years, it dreamed of showcasing the defining feature of Moroccan and southern Spanish Islamic architecture: a medieval Maghrebi-Andalusian-style courtyard, which would function in much the same way such courtyards still do in the traditional houses and mosques of Marrakesh or Casablanca, as their physical and spiritual center.

With world attention focused on the Middle East, the courtyard has taken on an unforeseen importance for the museum; for the Kingdom of Morocco itself, which has followed the project closely; and for a constituency of Muslim scholars and supporters of the Met. They hope it will function not only as a placid chronological way station for people moving through more than a millennium of Islamic history, but also as a symbol, amid potent anti-Islamic sentiment in the United States and Europe, that aesthetic and intellectual commerce remains alive between Islam and the West.

The Spanish government demands the unification of Muslim representation

The Spanish Ministry of Justice considers a reform of the Islamic representation in
Spain to be necessary for the application of the future Law of Religious Freedom.
Currently there are 28 Islamic federations officially registered, but only two are part of
the CIE (The Spanish Islamic Commission). The government is threatening to cancel
the CIE financing as a measure to force the unification of the Islamic representation.

Another Muslim federation requests admission into the Spanish Islamic Comission, or CIE

The Spanish Muslim Federation, or FME, has requested admission into the Spanish Islamic Commission, or CIE, the organization that represents Muslim communities throughout Spain.

The CIE was created in 1992 when the two oldest Muslim federations in Spain, the UCIDE and FEERI, signed an agreement of cooperation with the Spanish government.

The FME is an Islamic federation primarily composed of coverts and was created in 2006 as a result of a FEERI breakup.

Islamic banking making its way to Spain

Islamic finance is coming to Spain, where an estimated two million possible clients await in its potential market. The Halal Institute, the center of Islamic quality certification in Cordoba operating under the Spanish Islamic Commission, plans to sign an agreement for the creation of an Islamic current account with the Sa Nostra building society. Since 2006, the Halal Institute has been in talks with numerous banks on the issue of introducing Islamic finance. Some market analysts have forecasted that Islamic banking will be one of the cornerstones of a credit system re-launched by a worldwide recession and mounting discontent over market management. Islamic banking partnered between the Halal Institute and Sa Nostra is planned to be launched shortly, beginning first in the Spanish archipelago; a specific date has not yet been announced.

Islam comforts Spanish intellectuals

Thousands of Spaniards, especially academics, intellectuals, and anti-globalization activists are finding solace in Islam. “Embracing Islam is on the rise despite ferocious Western media campaigns,” Abdul-Nour Brado, the head of the Islamic Society of Catalonia. It is estimated that three to four thousand Catalonians have accepted Islam recently, with some suggesting that the numbers are even higher. No specific reasons have been cited concerning the spike in Islamic practice, but leaders of various Spanish Islamic societies cite the trend as a global one, and not just limited to Spain. Nevertheless, there are differences that can be seen among these “new Muslims,” such as where they choose to attend prayers. Overall, the differences are welcomed as a positive sign for living in a democratic country.

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The President of the ICC asks the Government to regulate the election and the payment of the Imams

Amparo S_nchez, the President of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Valencia has asked the Spanish Government to study in a regular basis the election and economical sustainability of the Imams of the Mosques with the objective of securing that these people have at least received an Islamic Theological education. According to the first female president of a Spanish Islamic organization, the Government should also pay a salary to the imam as he is a professional.