Almost 5.000 Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan with prayers

09 August 13
About 5,000 Muslims have come this Friday morning to perform their prayers at the two outdoor locations city organized by the City Hall to celebrate the Eid El Fitr. This year, however the UCIDCE has decided to withdraw the invitation made to the Local Government to join the festivities. The President of the Union, Laarbi Maateis, has justified the act as a way to “avoid criticism and controversy.” The local government spokesman Mabel Deu, also told reporters, did not give significance to the fact and said that “there is no need to be invited.”

UCIDCE recognizes the presence of takfiris in Ceuta

14 April 2013

The president of the Union of Islamic Communities in Ceuta (UCIDCE), the organization that brings together more than 90 percent of the fifty Muslim entities legally registered as such in Ceuta, Laarbi Maateis, acknowledged the presence in the autonomous city of ” five or six “militants of the radical group Takfir Wal Hijra (Anathema and Exile), to which different experts have linked to the recruitment of young Muslims of Ceuta to perform Jihad in Syria.

“If it was not for the great work of the intelligence services of the neighboring country,” he warned, “ we would have had thousands of cases in Morocco and many in Ceuta, (..), because there are many young people who are self-radicalized, they become fanatics, especially through the Internet, without hearing messages from their Imams, without the slightest knowledge of Islamic jurisprudence. ”

Maateis points to the neighboring Moroccan town of Castillejos (Fnideq, in Arabic), as one of the hotbeds of Islamic radicalism. “I guess it is because it is a border area, because there is contact with people of Ceuta, (…), “he says.

UCIDCE President has stated that his federation is spending “much time and sacrifice” to “prevent young ceutíes to be captured by radicals.” “However,” he added on the processes of recruitment, we “must take into account the movement of our youth to Morocco and warn that most of the contacts occur via the internet with emails, the whatsapp and especially the Paltalk “.

The government allocated € 70,000 to restore the mosque ‘Anas Ibn Maalik’

25 August 2012

The UCIDCE received 70,000 euros to restore the mosque “Masjid Anas Ibn Maalik ‘thanks to a grant approved yesterday by the Governing Council and is part of the program to rehabilitate temples in the city, since they are” cultural heritage “.

The spokesman of the Muslims of Ceuta criticizes “scoundrels” politicians who wear the veil “as electoral strategy”

21 August 2012

The president of the Union of Islamic Communities in Ceuta (Ucidce) Laarbi Maateis, has censored the  “scoundrels political parties and associations ” who “used the hijab – the headscarf – as decoy during electoral campaigns and cause alarm for the rest of the year “after an association that works in defense of gender equality in the two autonomous cities, ‘Búscome’, has termed as “macho” the expressions allegedly discharged by imams who led the prayers at the end of the month of Ramadan.
Maateis has denied, however, that during the prayer such assertions had been made. “During the prayers [attended by about 3,000 people], the imam asked Allah to give our children the faith to wear the hijab according to the conviction and education of each family, no more, because nor a father, or an imam or a head of state may force it to anyone, “warned the President of the UCIDCE.

The UCIDCE, Union of Islamic Communities in Ceuta very pleased with the outcome of the Third Islamic Conference


In the last of the conferences organized by the UCIDCE about the interreligious dialogue, the organization emphasized the large number of people and the quality of the contents of the various conferences that took place in the days of the event of The Third Islamic Conference. The conference counted with Zakaria Maza al Qurtubi [1], Isa Garcia[2] and Muhammad Al Toujgani[3].

[1] President of the Community Mosque Taqwa in Granada

[2] A graduate in Arabic Language and Islamic Studies in Theology on the University of Umm Al-Qura Makkah City, Saudi Arabia, specializing in the “Origins of Prophetic traditions.” Translator of numerous books and authored a series of titles for the correct understanding of Islam to non-Muslims entitled “Introduction to Islam”. He was the director of the Spanish department of the editorial “International Islamic Publishing House “(IIPH), Darussalam and different websites.

[3] Moroccan Sheik of the Belgium Mosque, Al Khalil



The III Islamic Congress of Ceuta

The III Islamic Congress lectured on the basics of theology to achieve peaceful coexistence in a pluralistic society and intercultural; the president of the organization, Laarbi Maateis, explained that the meeting aims to promote Arab and Islamic culture “because it is a world heritage site and we want to bring communication and knowledge about it to other cultures”.

The Congress was divided through three days and counted with the participation of three major figures whose short bio follows below.

In this link you can see the presentation in Spanish of the Congress and its Lecturers:

Muhammad Isa Garcia

Born in Buenos Aires in 1971 he has a degree in Arabic Language and Islamic Studies in Theology on the University of Umm Al-Qura in the city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia. He is a writer, specializing in ‘Origins of Prophetic traditions”. He is also a translator of numerous books and authored a series of titles for the understanding of Islam by Non-Muslims included under the title of ‘Introduction to Islam’. Speaker at numerous forums in Europe, Latin America and the United States, he was the publishing director of the Spanish department of the ‘International Islamic Publishing House’, Darussalam and different websites. He is director of editorial content of Canal Satellite ‘Cordoba’ and also an expert in mediation and conflict resolution, certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia. He has translated a collection of Islamic doctrine, a total of 8 volumes, and he is currently performing a translation of the holy book of Koran.

Manuel Maza Vielva (Zakaria Maza)

Born in Córdoba, Professor Manuel Maza Vielva answers to the name of Zakaria after his conversion; he was born 21 years ago and he achieved the title of professor of basic general education at the University of Cordoba; he continued his studies in Mecca with a degree in Arabic Language Studies and Methodology. In addition, he has also a specialization in Sharia and Islamic Studies in other sciences, through various seminars held both in Spain and other European countries. Besides being a professor at various centers in 1983 he became the co-founder of the Mosque Albaida in Granada, where he also taught at the Spanish-Arabic school. He has also taught Arabic at the International University Averroes of Cordoba and he has translated several works such as a collection of Hadiths ‘The Gardens of the Righteous’ or ‘resurgence of Islam in Al-Andalus’. Currently he is the President of the Spanish Muslim Community of the Fear of Allah Mosque.


Mohammed Toujgani

He does not speak French, but his charisma as a preacher has a strong emotional charge over a significant Arabic speaking audience: the Friday prayers (mosque al-khalil) are flowing with hundreds of devotees from different parts of Belgium. His speech is forging links with neo-Salafi approach, but it is characterized primarily by proximity to the strong political tradition of the Muslim Brotherhood, sensitive to the struggles in which Muslims are engaged in the world (Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan etc..). This preacher plays an important role since he became President of the League of Imams of Belgium, an association with the corporatist desire to defend the professional interests of imams. He has also influenced a number of important young preachers in Brussels, including Abu Abdullah Adil. It was in this center that the Afghan mujahideen Office in Belgium, close to the Hezb-i-Islami of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar was established in the 1980s.

UCIDCE requests the State to increase the teaching of Islamic religion



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”.

Public celebrations to the end of Ramadan in Spain

September 10, 2010
Last Friday the Islamic communities of Spain celebrated the end of Ramadan. Usually, the local government let different public spaces for the main Islamic celebrations. In Lleida (Catalonia), for example, more than 3,000 Muslims met in a local sport hall. The media reported Islamic celebration at different locations as Zaragoza, Granada, Murcia or Melilla. In the autonomous city of Ceuta, the celebration showed the division between the members of UCIDCE and the members of the Islamic communities that are supporters of the Morocco government. Each group celebrated the end of Ramadan in different spaces.