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Islam in Spain

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SHAFAQNA- Islam in Spain has a remarkable presence. Muslims in Europe in general and Spain in particular have always been categorized as immigrants. In recent years, however, there is a notable number of native Spaniards who have converted…

Catalonia Elects Its First Female Muslim MP

SHAFAQNA- Catalonia elected its first female Muslim MP in the region’s elections last Thursday, bringing the number of Muslim parliamentarian representative to three. The December 21st election marked the 12th Parliament of the Autonomous…

Catalonia election: Muslim woman on a political mission

SHAFAQNA - "It's sad to turn on the television and never see a black face or an Arab personality," says Najat Driouech, who is likely to become Catalonia's first female Muslim MP. She says she is used to being a pioneer, as the first girl…

Catalonia rejects snap poll as Spain mulls direct rule

SHAFAQNA- Speaking at the regional government’s headquarters in Barcelona on Friday, Puigdemont said the central government had not provided sufficient guarantees that holding elections would prevent the imposition of direct rule, Press…

Violence erupts as police try to stop Catalonia referendum

SHAFAQNA- Spanish riot police burst into polling stations across Catalonia on Sunday, confiscating ballot boxes and voting papers to try to halt a banned referendum on a split from Spain as Madrid asserted its authority over the rebel region. Police…

Spain's Muslims unite against terrorism

SHAFAQNA- Around 50 associations backed Monday’s rally which converged in the Plaza de Catalunya close to where a van ploughed into pedestrians on Las Ramblas. The message was loud and clear from Miriam Hatibi, a Muslim community…

EXCLUSIVE - Barcelona Muslims stand against terrorism, but worry about racist backlash

SHAFAQNA - "We denounce terrorists! We feel sad for Barcelona!" Among the crowd mourning at Las Ramblas on Saturday stood a woman holding a white board reads so. She and her three companions, all in hijabs and robes, seemed quite eye-catching…

Spain Terror Attacks Put Muslims in Catalonia Under Harsh Spotlight

SHAFAQNA - As authorities hunted the driver who plowed into a crowd in the Catalan capital, Barcelona, some have expressed concern that the region's large Muslim population puts it at particular risk from Islamic extremism. An ISIS-affiliated…

World Muslims Condemn Daesh Terrorist Attack in Spain

SHAFAQNA- World Muslims, along with political and religious leaders of various countries denounced a terrorist attack in Spain on Thursday claimed by Daesh (ISIL or ISIS). The Islamic Commission of Spain condemned the attack in Las…

Wahhabi-inspired terror group claims Barcelona attack

SHAFAQNA - A van has crashed into a crowd in Barcelona killing 13 people and injuring 100 others, according to Catalonia authorities. Police say they are treating the incident as a “terrorist attack.” Catalan interior ministry official,…

History: How African Muslims “Civilized Spain”

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SHAFAQNA - Four hundred and eight years ago today King Phillip III of Spain signed an order, which was one of the earliest examples of ethnic cleansing. At the height of the Spanish inquisition, King Phillip III ordered the expulsion of 300,000…

History: How African Muslims “Civilized Spain”

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SHAFAQNA - Today marks the anniversary of the end of nearly 700 years of African Muslim rule over Spain, Portugal and Southern France. Four hundred and eight years ago today King Phillip III of Spainsigned an order, which was one of the…

Daesh wants to sow fear in Spain during summer holiday

SHAFAQNA - British tourists in Spain have been warned of a fresh terror threat to popular holiday resorts across the country after a fanatic allied to Daesh called on Muslims to attack busy destinations including shopping centres and cruise…

Muslims in Spain don’t want coffins, but local burial laws oblige

SHAFAQNA -  Spanish authorities are considering Islamic funerals incompatible with local laws that prohibit corpses being buried in direct contact with the soil. This issue -- and the allocation of more cemeteries for the community -- has…

Biography of Ayatollah Khamenei is published in Spanish

SHAFAQNA - The biography book of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Kahmenei under the title “From A Seminarian to A Supreme Leader” was published by Mandela Printing House and placed in the circulation of Spain’s book distribution…

Spain and Morocco are hit by earthquake

SHAFAQNA - An earthquake registering 6.1 on the Richter scale has struck the Mediterranean Sea between Spain and Morocco. Buildings have been damaged by the quake, which was felt in Spanish cities, including Seville and Malaga. The earthquake…