ENGLISH INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION
FUNDACION MEZQUITA DE SEVILLA
SEVILLE, THE CITY
HISTORY OF ISLAM IN SEVILLE
CURRENT CENTRE
THE ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTRE & AWQAF
HISTORY OF THE PROJECT
ACTIVITIES AND DAWA
CONTACT FORM

INTRODUCTION

The Muslim Community of Seville backs down to the seventies, when the first Spanish man took shahada. Since then it has grown exponentially in to one of the largest and more established Muslim communities of Spain. Being one of the few of being able to boast of having 4 generations of native Muslims among their families. Certainly the reference of Islam in this great city of Al Andalus.

Over the years the community has expanded with the unstoppable growth of families and increasing number of new Muslims. Also surrounded and supported by a large community of immigrants, some from second generation, from Morocco, Argelia, Senegal, etc.

Seville was, and is now, the capital of Andalucía. One of the key cites of Spain, with greater affluence of tourism and certainly the largest and most important city of the south of Spain.

Throughout the years we have had different centers in the city, and have currently one in the heart of Seville, that has been established and full activity for more than 10 years. Classes for new Muslims, where all other mosques send us whom ever they find interested in the deen, Quran classes for kids and the young, seminars, conferences and all other the usual activities partaking at mosques.

Since the year 2000 we started to work on the protect of building a mosque and awqaf in Seville. As we believe that it is not only a necessity for the growing Muslim population of Seville but a much necessary step in placing the deen of Islam where it belongs. To elevate it, and to take the Muslims and Islam, out of the undergrounds and shops, to a building that shines light and where the adhn is heard out loud. A place of expansion, a place of service to Muslims and non-Muslims, a place where people can see the deen by its light and come to it. A place that will make our boys and girls proud of being Muslim in this land. Inshallah!

FUNDACIÓN MEZQUITA DE SEVILLA

Fundacion Mezquita de Sevilla was created as a means and legal tool for the representation of the Muslims and the construction of a Mosque and Cultural Centre in Seville, in 2005. Registered under the Ministry of Education and Cultura, CUL/1679/2005, Number 1091.

The Board of the Foundation is presided by Malik Aberrahman Ruiz, President of both, Comunidad Islamica en España (Islamic Community in Spain), and Fundacion Mezquita de Granada (Granada Mosque Foundation). All other members are key figures of the present and future of the Muslim community in Seville.

One of our aims and own imposed conditions is to build on the foundations of a running awqaf, in order for it to be able to maintain it self from its own income.

Below some of the key articles from the original deed of Fundacion Mezquita de Sevilla;

  • To provide all Muslims, regardless of nationality, age, sex, race or origin, a place of prayer and worship and provide means and tools for the observance of religious practices and the development of education, welfare and harmonious coexistence thereof.
  • To promote, assist and encourage the collection and distribution of Zakat.
  • To assist all Muslims of Seville, in particular, and the rest of Spain in general, to go to Haj and Umrah.
  • To promote the training of teachers, imams and leaders to attend to the spiritual needs of Muslims.
  • To assist Muslims in Spain, in particular, and the rest of the world in general.
  • Provide assistance and cooperation to the young, the old, the weak and the disabled who are in need regardless of their nationality, race or creed.
  • To promote Islam and way of the way of Muslims living among the people of Spain.

SEVILLE, THE CITY

Seville is located in the Southeast of Spain. It has more than 700,000 inhabitants, and an estimated 25.000 Muslims (UCIDE).

As capital of Andalusia, it is the fourth largest city in Spain. Seville is considered without doubt, the artistic, cultural, financial, economic and social center of southern Spain.

Seville, rich millenary heiress of different cultures that settled along the shores of the Guadalquivir River, preserves and pampers its world famous monumental architecture. It has the largest old town of Europe.

Seville, considered one of the great European cities with regards to an urban setting that blends with surrounding rural communities, is today the best communicated city in Spain. Endowed and strategically situated, Seville is the last great metropolis of Southern Europe.

HISTORY OF ISLAM IN SEVILLE

The Muslims were in Seville from the time that Prince Abd al-Aziz took Hispalis in 712, where the city served as the capital of al-Andalus till the 23rd of November 1248, when the city surrendered to King Ferdinand III of Castile. The city then took the name of  Ishbiliya (إشبيلية), that then became Sevilla, as it is known today. During this period of Muslim rule a richly complex culture developed.

It was during the Almohade era (mid 12th C) when Isbiliya reached its greatest splendor. The Great Mosque was constructed and its minaret became the symbol of the city. As it is still today.

The city was occupied by the Crown of Castile, conquered by King Santo Fernando III in 1248. Mosques were converted into Churches. A century and a half later the ecclesiastic council decided to tear the main mosque down and in its place erected the Cathedral (Cathedral), the indisputable symbol of Seville.

CURRENT CENTRE

In 2002 we inaugurated this Centre in the heart of Seville, having become over the years a reference for Muslims and non-Muslims, and Muslim tourists that come from abroad. Here the five prayers are established, the Jumua, a Ramadan program, classes for new Muslims and people interested in the deen, Quran and fiqh lessons for kids and the young, etc. This center was first rented out, until the day the owners wanted to sell it and we faced having to move out. At that time, 2007, Umar Kanoute, world renowned football player, bought the center, doing the Muslim community of Seville a great and very much appreciated service.

Since then, the Fundacion Mezquita de Sevilla agreed to make a monthly contribution for this center. All the Proceeds go to the Fundacion Kanoute that keeps the “Children’s City” called Sakina, in Bamako (Mali), a project that brings together several services and facilities for the needs of orphans and disadvantaged children.

THE ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTRE & AWQAF

After many years of hard work, struggle, achievements and deceptions, the decision has been taken, that, if Allah is to grant as the gift of having a built Mosque and Cultural Centre in this precious city of Seville, it will be in a fully owned plot of land. And that is the curse, that with Allah’s permission and help, we have now taken on. Plenty of time, energy and resources have gone in all previous projects of the building of the mosque, whereas in the several granted lands by the state or a previous church turn into a mosque, all have failed, and brought us to this point.

The project has also changed as we have re-designed it to the ´Islamic Cultural Center of Seville´ as the best way of relationship with the city, our human, historical and institutional environment.

The framework where our project is inspired is the Imaret, traditionally conceived containing spaces for education, health, library and study rooms, communal dining, business center and mosque. As an element that creates culture and civilization.

HISTORY OF THE PROJECT

As spanish Muslims, we have longed for the building of a Mosque and Cultural Centre since the very fist day, here is a chronological description of the events leading to our current situation and decision of buying a plot of land for the building of the mosque of Seville, inshallah.

  • 2003 / Saleh Paladini, rahimullah, ask for the grant of use of the abandoned church of Santa Lucia. To which the Church denied completely, saying nonetheless, that we ought by constitution to have out own space.
  • 2004 / With this situation at hand, Comunidad Islamica en España, CIE, with its legal represent ant at its head, Mujahid Jimenez, ask the Mayor of Seville for a plot of land where this can become a reality.
  • 2005 / Fundacion Mezquita de Sevilla is created, as the legal entity to take over this protect. The board of this foundation is presided by the president of CIE, also president of Fundacion Mezquita de Granada.
  • 2005 / A plot of land of 6000sqm is granted for the building of the mosque.
  • 2005 / Agreement to allow the project to go ahead making the mosque smaller.
  • 2006 / After great pressure from the neighbors, the City Council proposed another plot in a Business Park, Cartuja 93, that also suffers reproof from the association of business. While all this is happening an open media battle against the construction of the mosque is at hand.
  • 2007 / This ends with the Tribunal Superior de Justicia de Andalucia cancelling the already signed agreement with the city council, and forbidding any granting of public land to any religious entity.
  • Since then the intention to build never ceased and all the different possibilities have been studied at depth.
  • At present the decision and direction is clear. To buy and build the Islamic Cultural Centre on a private plot of property. Inshallah.

ACTIVITIES AND DAWA

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