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.

Spanish Islamic Community asks employers to make it easier for their Muslim workers during Ramadan

June 30, 2014

More than 1.7 million Muslims living in Spain have started Sunday, the Ramadan. In this context, the Union of Islamic Communities in Spain (UCIDE) calls on employers to provide, where possible, its practitioners workers to fulfill this task.  “We appeal to the generosity, good practice and good expertise of public and private employers and managers, to the extent of its powers to facilitate the achievement of the daily fast during this month,” says the president of the UCIDE, Riay Tatary. The organization points out that the Spanish law recognizes the right of Muslims to seek the conclusion of the work day one hour before sunset during Ramadan, which is then recovered hours by agreement of the parties.

More than 17 million Muslims reside in Spain

February 5, 2014

 

A total of 1,732,191 Muslims were residing in Spain on December 31, 2013.

60,562 Muslims more than in 2012, according to the ‘demographic study of the Muslim population.’ The statistical analysis of Muslim citizens in Spain was prepared by the Union of Islamic Communities in Spain (UCIDE) and the Andalusian Observatory. The report also reveals that nearly 9 out of 10 new Muslims living in Spain are Spanish (children of immigrants and/or nationalized Spanish citizens)and that 1,4% refer to Spanish born citizens converted to Islam.

 

Europress: http://www.europapress.es/sociedad/noticia-mas-17-millones-musulmanes-residen-espana-60562-mas-2012-estudio-20140205185030.html

Union of Islamic Communities in Spain (UCIDE) note

December 12, 2013

 

We, the Union of Islamic Communities in Spain (UCIDE) view with concern the alarming news about the replacing of Muslim staff and of other religious convictions in certain areas of the Army, based on of religious prejudice and discrimination.

 

UCIDE: http://www.ucide.org/es/content/defensa-y-lealtad-demostrada-espa%C3%B1

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. “

The number of Muslims in Canarias doubles since the last census

07 July 2013

The number of Muslims in the Canary Islands has doubled in the last five years. If in 2008 there were 30,000 people in the archipelago that professed the religion of Islam, in 2013 the figure has risen up to 66,969 Muslims, representing an increase of  55,2%.

But this boom is striking in itself, since more than half of the Muslims in the Islands are converted Islanders; specifically, 35,870 converted Muslims. Plus, they also have one of the highest number of Islamic classes and of Muslims students (7.450 in total, being 5.497 Spanish Muslims and 2.043 foreign Muslims).

 

According to the last population census[1] of the Union of Islamic Communities in Spain (UCIDE), after the Spanish converted Muslims, there are 18,746 Moroccan Muslims, accounting for 28%. Far ahead from the Spanish and Moroccan Muslims are the 3,225 Senegalese Muslims. The census also reports the existence of already nearly 30 mosques in the Canarian Islands.


[1] Census published on February 2013

The number of Muslims in Galicia doubles since the 2008 census

In total there are 14, 296 Muslims residing in the Galician community, according to the latest population census of the Union of Islamic Communities in Spain (UCIDE), which is more than double of the 6,709 recorded by the organization in its balance of 2008. Still they only represent 1% of the total of Muslim population in Spain.
The region of Galicia counts with circa 20 mosques plus other 18 community centers also related with the Islamic faith. The Islamic community in La Coruna Mosque, the Abou Baker Arteixo and Vilaboa Mohammed Mosque (Pontevedra) are three of the Mosques concentrating more North African population in Galicia. In fact the Morrocan community is the largest with 6.743 citizens followed at large distance in numbers by Senegalese, Argelian, Nigerian, and Pakistani communities.

“If they get to the European courts they will rule in favor of the girl”

03April 2013

The president of the Union of Islamic Communities of Spain (UCIDE) Riay Tatary, said that the High Court of Justice of Madrid (TSJM) rule about the Camilo Jose Cela de Pozuelo de Alarcón school’s decision to prohibit a Muslim student, Najwa Malha, from wearing a headscarf in class,  will be dismissed in the case it goes to European Court of Human Rights. Tatary noted that “we need national dialogue” and a unification of the rules in this domain  and in other matters as “it is not about a girl or a particular garment, but about a fundamental right, the right to religious freedom. “

Declaration of the Tatary Riay about the burqa

28 February 2013

The president of the Union of Islamic Communities of Spain (UCIDE) Tatary Riay told Efe, that in his opinion it is not necessary to prohibit the use of these garments because that way “it scares people” and encourages an “hostile “posture toward Muslim women.
Therefore he was satisfied with the Supreme Court decision stating that the mission of his Institution is also to promote the integration of Muslim women within and outside the Muslim community.

 

Demographic study of the Muslim population in Spain

17 February 2013Población+1

In terms of national origin, the two main Muslim groups in Spain are the Spanish and the Moroccan, adding now the growing Pakistani group (a majority in some towns like Barcelona and Valencia); being the rest divided among different nationalities considered in the census made by the Observatorio Andalusi and the Union of Islamic Communities of Spain (UCIDE), for the year 2012.

By its geographical location, the Muslim settlements are higher in the southeastern half of the country, Andalusia, Catalonia, Madrid and Valencia, followed by Murcia, and the clear percentage of Ceuta and Melilla; having smaller presence in the northwest quadrant of the Peninsula.

The reasons to migrate and even to move around Spain are related to the economic crisis; to the search for employment and better life conditions.

Summary of the Demographic Study of Muslims in Spain

The number of Muslims in Spain has reached almost 1.6 million (1,595,221), of which 1.1 million are foreigners in opposition to the 464,978 Spanish Muslims, according to the exploitation of the census of the Muslims in Spain made by the Andalusian Observatory, the autonomous body of the Union of Islamic Communities of Spain (UCIDE).

The study reveals that the community with the highest number of Muslim citizens is Catalonia with 427.138 Muslims from which 66.029 are Spanish; and 361.109 are foreign; followed by Andalusia, with 252,927 Muslims from which 93,579 are Spanish and 159,348 are foreign; and Madrid, with 248,002 Muslims from which 123,952 are Spanish and 124,050 are foreigners.

On the other hand, communities with fewer people professing Islam are Cantabria, with 4.146 Muslim citizens (472 Spanish and 3.674 foreign Muslims); Asturias with 6.386 Muslims (677  Spanish and 5.709 foreign Muslims); and Galicia, with 13,151 Muslims (1.647 Spanish and 11. 504 foreign Muslims).

 

Muslims represent about 3% of the total population of inhabitants.

30% of Muslims is Spanish while 70% are immigrants (50% Moroccans and 20% of other nationality).

90% of the Muslim students have no Muslim religion classes.
90% of the Teachers of Muslim religion are unemployed.

5% of Islamic religious communities have no mosque or oratory.

95% of the Islamic communities have no cemetery.

 

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