December 16, 2013
In response to the expansion of Salafi-Wahabi extremism across Europe, Spanish State security has deployed a dense network of agents throughout Catalonia that have woven a stealthy early warning system for detecting terrorist threats from radical Islamist groups that have arrived to gain new supporters in the Catalan community. Several “conferences” held by Salafists in Catalonia during 2013 confirm the growing importance of Islamic extremism in Catalonia.
The general situation is as follows: although there has not been any recent terrorist activities in Spain, the danger posed by extremists has not disappeared. Instead, the jihadist message grows, especially in Catalonia. For example, security forces in the Barcelona area have calculated that the number of extremists willing to promote elaborate, violent actions is in the hundreds.
La vanguardia: http://www.lavanguardia.com/sucesos/20131215/54396209083/centenar-yihadistas-catalunya-dispuestos-actuar.html
25 June 2012
The president of the Union of Islamic Communities of Spain (UCIDE) Riay Tatary, has claimed more Muslim cemeteries in Spain – they have twelve in the country – to avoid having to repatriate the bodies, which is very expensive, more in this time of crisis, as the cost can amount to 6,000 euros, depending on the country of origin of the deceased.
Speaking to Europa Press, Tatary has indicated that, although the Law 26/1992, a Cooperation Agreement between the Spanish State and the Islamic Commission of Spain, recognizes the Islamic communities with “the right to reserve plots for Islamic burials in municipal cemeteries, and the right to own their own Islamic cemeteries “, some municipalities are playing deaf.
Tatary indicated they are trying that, where there is a fairly large Muslim population, there is a cemetery or burial plot for Muslims or at least that they will be allowed to transfer the body to the nearest graveyard, which, as he explained, “is very difficult “because” municipalities do not want it.”
13 May 12
The president of the Union of Islamic Communities of Spain, Secretary General of the Islamic Commission of Spain Riay Tatary, expressed on May 13, 2012 his satisfaction to the media about the statements made to Europa Press by the Confessions Relations Director of the Ministry of Justice, Angel Fernandez de la Reguera Llorente, in which he “has ensured that the will of the government is to ” move forward “in developing the 1992 Agreements signed with the Muslim, Jewish and Evangelical faiths that mark this year its twenty years anniversary. ” Tatary is ready to develop the Cooperation Agreement between the Spanish State and the Islamic Commission of Spain, and to collaborate with the Administration to get a “clear and representative dialogue” of the Muslims in Spain.
Today, Ceuta has 14 teachers of Islam in public schools, an “insufficient” number for the Union of Islamic Communities in Ceuta, who last month met with the delegate of the Government to reactivate the request made earlier to the Spanish State to expand the teaching staff.
The organization accuses the state of “violating the law on education” in terms of Islamic education”.
On the 11th and 12th of February 2011, the Spanish Federation of Islamic Religious Entities of Spain (FEERI), one of the two federations present at the Islamic Commission of Spain (the other is the Spanish Union of Islamic Communities, UCIDE) and that, in 1992, signed the Cooperation Agreements with the Spanish State, will be holding its I Meeting, under the theme: “Official representation of Muslims in Spain: Present and future”. This Meeting concerning current situation and challenges in the religious issue in Spain, comes in a time when the Islamic Commissions’ structure is under debate – as an attempt to incorporate those Muslim communities of recent creation that are outside FEERI and UCIDE, and so excluded from the rights granted by the 1992 Agreement.
On October 3, Mansur Escudero died at the age of 62 years in his house of Almodovar del Río (Cordoba). Mansur, who converted to Islam at the end of the 70s, was an important advocate of the legal recognition of Islam in Spain. He was cofounder and president of the FEERI (the Spanish Federation of Islamic Religious Entities) and Junta Islámica de España. Mansur was a prominent Islamic leader and contributed to the Agreement of Cooperation between the Spanish State and the Islamic Commission in 1992. He also founded “Verde Islam” journal and the website “Webislam”, currently one of the most important online resources about Islam in Spanish language.