MADRID, Spain - Spanish Muslims said on Wednesday that they have appealed toPope Benedict XVI to be allowed to pray in the Cathedral of Cordoba in southern Spain, which was once an ancient mosque.
In a letter to the pope, Spain's Islamic Board said Spanish Catholic clergy had rejected requests for Muslims to be allowed to pray inside the Cathedral, which was converted into a church in the 13th century.This is one of the most ridiculous requests that I have ever heard. Nevertheless, I'm big enough to say that this particular request should be granted. Posthaste.
[Andrew: What the report does not say is that Muslims often do attempt to pray there illegally.]
They stressed that Muslims want the mosque to turn into an ecumenical temple, where Christians, Muslims and believers from other faiths might all be worshipping the same God. [Why don't they turn one of their mosques into ecumenical temples? It's just that the Spanish manage to reconquer Spain. Ask the Copts of the Greeks in Constantinople to ask for a mosque to be turned into an ecumenical temple.]They wrote a similar letter to Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero earlier this year.
"What we wanted was not to take over that holy place[Could have fooled me.], but to create in it, together with you and other faiths, an ecumenical space unique in the world which would have been of great significance in bringing peace to humanity," the letter said.
The Cordoba mosque dates back to the times when the Moors ruled Spain, and in its heyday was considered one of the world's most magnificent buildings. It is classified as a United Nations world heritage site.
Spain, a traditionally Roman Catholic country, has a Muslim community of around 800,000 people out of a total population of 44 million.
As soon as Hagia Sophia in Istanbul is restored as Church. And all the other Churches converted by Muslim jihadists into mosques and for other uses in all the lands that the Sword of the Prophet ripped from the Christians from North Africa to West Asia and Albania, Bosnia etc.
These fellas should be asking their Muslim brethren to start restoring our Churches. Reciprocity anyone? Yeah right...
Reciprocity man...the Pope should take this opportunity to raise this issue with them. Its time for some reciprocity on the Muslim side.