7 Apr, 2010 @ 13:08
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Holy war outside Cordoba’s former Great Mosque

A BRAWL erupted when a group of Muslims tried to pray outside Cordoba’s former Great Mosque.

Two Muslim tourists were arrested for breaking an ancient ban imposed by the Roman Catholic Church.

While taking a tour of the historic building – which became a cathedral in the 13th century – six Muslims controversially knelt down to pray.

Security guards “invited them to continue with their tour or leave the building”, but when they refused, a scuffle broke out seriously injuring two security guards.

One of the men, part of a tour of 118 Austrian Muslims, pulled out a knife.

The group of six appeared before a Cordoba judge after being charged with disturbing public order.

Catholic authorities condemned the incident: “They provoked in an organised fashion a deplorable episode of violence.”

Alexander Osman, spokesman for the the Association of Young Austrian Muslims, said: “We would like to sincerely apologise to the Christian authorities for what happened.”

Muslim organisations have long campaigned for the right to pray in what was once one of the biggest mosques in the world.

But the Bishop of Cordoba recently reinforced a ban on Muslims praying in any part of the 24,000 square-metre building.

The Great Mosque of Cordoba was captured by King Ferdinand III in 1236 after he reclaimed the city from the Moors.

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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  1. What a surprise. A group of muslim extremists trying to start trouble. The problem with these nutters is they don’t have the same rule book as the rest of us (they have a collection of fables, myths and fairy-stories) they will never see reason and they will only move on to the next target when they feel they have won and in the process gaining power and prestige within their nutty circle.

  2. “they have a collection of fables, myths and fairy-stories”

    Just like the Christians too then lol. All religions are nutty in my opinion; if any “Son of God” came to Earth they would almost certainly tell everyone that they had totally abused their respective religions.

  3. Fred… my comment above has been edited (censored) tut tut. It did say “insert appropriate religion here” after “muslim extremist” but I guess we have a religious editor (censor) whos convictions will not tolerate even oblique critisism.

  4. Well its right of Muslims to pray …To stop praying is actually Extremism ..Solution could be in half space should allow Muslims to offer pray…
    BCz this is great Heritage of Muslims in Spain ..

  5. Ben,
    you must be a Catholic extremist, sadly there are so many.

    The Muslims are not nutters that title has been held by the Catholic church from it’s inception and your description is a perfect fit.

    It is the Catholic church that destroyed or ordered the destruction of everything that stood in it’s path of absolute control – the extermination of the Cathars is a prime European example but even that pails into insignificance with that evil organisation’s work in Central and South America.

    The Cordoba Concorde (which you obviously know nothing about)came into existence before the Ayran savages destroyed the last vestiges of the great Al-Andaluz civilisation.

    This Concorde was agreed by all Christians/Muslims and Jews living in Cordoba that never again would they kill each other because of religious differences.

    Only in countries where the mindset has’nt changed from the middle ages does the Catholic church still have this kind of sick power.

    Still Fred has it right – sad that so many cowards are afraid to take responsibility for their own lives.

  6. Stuart obviously you have not read the posts in their entirety or you attention span isn’t long enough to retain the information if you did. My original comment was “edited” and the context altered to specify one religious group above others. All groups who conflate belief with fact should be ignored.

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