Cordoba, Spain – There are no mosques in Spain, but there is one that will provide worship for Muslims.
The mosque is being built by a local mosque.
“The mosque was started by Cordoba’s Muslims, a group of Arabs who decided to set up a mosque,” said Maria Guedes, the head of the Muslim group in Cordova, a city of just more than 2 million people.
“It’s not a mosque, it’s a church.
It’s a mosque for Muslims.”
The church is one of a number of new churches being built across Spain.
The mosque is the latest example of how the Spanish population is growing and adapting to the globalisation of Islam.
The number of mosques in the country has doubled since 2015, according to the country’s statistics agency, which says that between 2007 and 2015, there were just 10 mosques in Catalonia, the biggest in Spain.
The number of churches has also grown dramatically, from around 200 in 2007 to more than 1,200 today.
The construction of a new mosque has become an urgent issue for the local Muslim community, as they face rising tensions with the Catalan government and a growing number of migrants from the Middle East and Africa.
The city of Cordoba is located near the Spanish border with Morocco, which has seen a large influx of migrants in recent years.
Guedes says Cordoba has seen the number of Muslims increase by about 25 per cent in the last two years, but has seen significant tensions with locals.
She said there are more migrants than locals in the area, which is home to around 5,000 people.
Many of the migrants arrive in the city by boat, and Guedis fears they will cause a backlash.
“Some of the people who come to us here come from Syria, Iraq, Morocco, Turkey, all over the world,” she said.
“We’re dealing with a situation where we have an influx of people who are from different cultures and different religions, and they are coming to the area in groups of five to six.”
Guedis says the migrants have become increasingly aggressive towards locals, including verbally abusing them.
“They have said, ‘Go back to your country and you will not get a place here’,” she said, referring to migrants arriving in Spain from the North African countries of Libya, Syria and Tunisia.
Gueez said they are often caught off guard by the aggressive behaviour.
“A couple of months ago, I went to the police and told them that some people were harassing the mosque and calling it a terrorist organisation,” she told Al Jazeera.
“And they didn’t really have any response.
They said that they would not take any action against the Muslims.”
Then they said that if we did not have a response, we would send some policemen to the mosque.
“While Guedas fears that her city will be next, she said there is still hope for her city.”
I think that we will see a change in the neighbourhood, and that will bring the neighbourhood back,” she added.”
There are some positive changes that have been happening, but we have to see what will happen in the future.
“If the municipality of Cordova is going to allow a mosque to be built in their area, then that will definitely have an impact.”‘
People are scared’The Mosque of Cordava in Cordoban is part of a wave of new mosques being built around the country.
The first mosque in Catalonia was inaugurated in the town of Sant María in 2015, and there are plans for more.
“These are new mosques, they are not being built at the moment, but people are scared,” said Guedues.
“People are worried because they see what happened in Syria and Libya, where they were told to go back to their country and they have come here.”
She said the recent attacks on the city of Barcelona, in which 10 people were killed, have also put a strain on the community.
“You see a lot of attacks and a lot more people coming to our mosque, which means that it’s more vulnerable, because people are afraid of being followed,” she explained.
Gues believes that this will continue to increase, and she believes that the local authorities in Cordabans biggest city, Barcelona, will soon be forced to close the local mosque for the night.
“All of these things are going to happen, they will happen,” she concluded.
“But in Cordibaga, it is going very well, and I think it will be a long time before people are going back to a mosque.”