Muslims arrested for Trying to Pray in Córdoba’s Former Great Mosque

Muslims continually show us that the do not respect our culture, and way of life. A few examples of this can be seen in Spain, Sweden and the UK. Of course these examples are just the tip of the iceberg, yet they demand respect. Respect is supposed to be a two-way street, but the Islamic world does not understand this. Here Muslims try to turn back the clock.

Muslims arrested for trying to pray in Córdoba’s former Great Mosque

Two Muslim tourists were arrested when they tried to pray inside Córdoba’s famous former mosque, breaking a ban imposed by the Roman Catholic Church.

Half a dozen Austrian Muslims knelt to pray at the same time in the vast marble building, which was converted to a cathedral in the 13th century after Muslims were driven from Spain.

Security guards stepped in and “invited them to continue with their tour or leave the building”, according to cathedral authorities.

When two refused a scuffle broke out and police were called. Two security guards were seriously injured. Spanish media, citing police sources, said that one of the Muslims arrested had been carrying a knife.

The two men who were detained were part of a group of 118 Austrian Muslims on an organised tour for young European Muslims. All bought tourist tickets for a tour of the cathedral on Wednesday.

The six who started to pray faced charges of disturbing public order when they appeared before a judge in Córdoba.

The clash happened as the building was filled with tourists visiting the cathedral during Holy Week when thousands flock to the town for the parades of penitents in coned hats and long robes carrying huge images of Jesus and the Virgin Mary.

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

After being asked to stop praying, it added, “they replied by attacking security guards, two of whom suffered serious injuries”.

The Great Mosque of Córdoba was converted into a Christian church in 1236 after King Ferdinand III of Castile recaptured the city from the Moors. The building later became the modern-day Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption.

Muslim organisations have long campaigned for the right to pray inside the building, which was once one of the biggest mosques in the world.

However, Demetrio Fernández González, the recently appointed Bishop of Córdoba, reinforced a ban on Muslims praying in any part of the 24,000 sq m (260,000 sq ft) building, saying that canon law did not permit it.

A statement from the bishop’s office said: “The shared use of the cathedral by Catholics and Muslims would not contribute to the peaceful coexistence of the two beliefs.”

The Roman Catholic Church cited archaeological reports that said before the Mosque was built in the 8th century remains of an earlier Christian temple had stood on the same spot.

Despite the prayer ban, the rules have been bent for a number of high-profile Muslim dignitaries, as well as some notorious members of the faith.

Saddam Hussein and Colonel Muammar Gaddafi both stopped off at Córdoba to prey at the former mosque, which comprises 300 yellow and red arches and 1,300 columns.

Mansur Escudero, of the Junta Islamica group, which has been pressing for Muslims to be allowed to worship at the mosque, condemned the incident. He said: “Our organisation has made reiterated petitions in a peaceful way and from a strict respect for law so they would permit the shared ecumenical use of the temple. We would have avoided what happened yesterday.

“They publicise the building as a mosque because that brings in tourists but they do not allow the Muslims who pay money to go inside to pray.” He added that if a space were provided for Muslim prayers it would not convenience visitors or disturb the cathedral and could promote understanding between the two religions.

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.”

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41 comments for “Muslims arrested for Trying to Pray in Córdoba’s Former Great Mosque

  1. PBS
    April 2, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    How would the Muslims feel if non-Muslims were allowed to step inside of mosques in Saudi and other orthodox Muslim countries? The answer is well-known. Islam is not a fan of the Golden Rule.

    • April 3, 2010 at 3:40 pm

      non-muslims are NOT EVEN ALLOWED in mecca or medina!
      Let alone in one of their mosques.

    • Alan Sanchez
      May 28, 2012 at 9:20 am

      Well, the Mussalman will come again to Cordoba and take back the mosque. Wait till the time comes.

      • admin
        May 28, 2012 at 10:51 am

        So frightening traitor…..

  2. Robin Shadowes
    April 2, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    No arselifting in christian churches and cthedrals. Period!

  3. FedUpLibBS
    April 2, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Wanna Pray in that building??? Become a CATHOLIC and there'll be NO PROBLEM.

    Looks like the CULT of islam is looking for an excuse for another CRUSADE.

    • April 3, 2010 at 3:34 am

      Do we really need a reason to give them another one?

  4. Tonto
    April 2, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    All of these incidents like this are a set-up. We called it "recon by fire" in the Army. These little dramas are for the purpose to get a reaction and gage the severity and timing of the response. It can also be spun into the muz "victim" pose, which will be used to incite individuals that have only a tentative grip on their sanity and precipitate more muz violence.

    • April 2, 2010 at 10:44 pm

      You nailed it Mr. T!

      Have a Happy Easter!

  5. April 3, 2010 at 3:38 am

    I had a suspicion, based on the penchant of arselifters to build moskes over churches, cathedrals, synagogues and temples, or to turn existing ones into moskes, that it was also the case with the Cordoba Cathedral as well.

    And, yes, I was right. From –

    built as a Mosque on the place (and partly with materials) of what previously had been a Christian Visigothic Church.

    So it was originally a Visigoth church.

    • April 3, 2010 at 4:30 am

      Come on Gary, you know what Muslim do to others does not count. All that matters is what they say, when they play the victim card.

      • April 3, 2010 at 11:41 am

        Yes, you are correct. Unfortunately.

  6. April 3, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Very interesting article Christopher. I would have liked to post it on FB Is there any possibility of you adding a share gadget on your blog?

    • April 3, 2010 at 6:26 pm

      Hi Heather,
      I had one, and didn't notice it was gone. lol! When the tech. guy worked on the site, he must of forgotten to put the share back up. Please give me a few days.

      Happy Easter!

    • April 3, 2010 at 6:29 pm

      Fixed! It is now at the bottom of every article.


  7. deepak
    April 3, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    soft european policy towards these demons is big threat now ther were two islamist demons tomorrow there wil b thousands

  8. Hungarian Crusader
    April 3, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    The security guards need to be armed AND WALKING WITH DOGS ON THE OUTSIDE PERIMETER!
    Those morons think dogs are dirtier than themselves but of course I would pick a dog anyday over those terrorists.
    Dogs horrify muslims so they should utilize them post-haste.
    PS Name the top dog mohammed. 🙂

    • April 3, 2010 at 2:06 pm

      Make that pig dogs and you're on a winner!

    • peace
      December 15, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      Hello everyone, there is a lot of anger in this posts and it makes me sad,the prophet Mohammed (PBUH) said “A good deed done to an animal is like a good deed done to a human being, while an act of cruelty to an animal is as bad as cruelty to a human being.”
      I recommend all of you to read about what Mohammed (PBUH)said in regards to animals.
      Now in regards to respect of other religions Muslims or Christians, we are just people, we are not perfect. But if you want to judge the religion I recommend you all to read about Islam, and not take opinions on what you’ve heard or the Muslims you see.
      If you want to know even further about respect between religions, please read about Cordoba in the times of the Muslims where Jews, Christians and Muslims lived together.
      With respect, a Muslim sister from Spain.
      PS We are not all terrorist.

      • eib
        December 17, 2012 at 6:15 am

        I notice that you recommend that we read Mohammed’s words about animals.
        It’s obvious that you and your prophet view us as less than human.

      • eib
        December 17, 2012 at 6:17 am

        “we are just people”???
        Your Quran tells you that you are the best of humanity, superior to all, with the right to conquest, domination, life and death over all the world.
        You are not just people I assure you.
        Islam is profane.
        Mohammed is a false prophet.
        Your faith commands war, conquest, mass murder, rape and slavery.
        It is innately evil.

    • emmi
      March 15, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      I agree with the arming and dogs H Crusader.

      This desire to pray in the Cordoba Catholic Church is just another instance of the camel’s nose getting into the tent. They must be stopped at this point. Dogs have greater decency than these dog killers. They have unconditional love for humans and will willingly share their fortune, good or bad.

  9. LeonG
    April 3, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    And what about Catholics being allowed to pray in the former cathedral, now mosque, in Istanbul? Perhaps the mohamatens there would let us have a few Latin Masses as this was celebrated therein at the time. Or, on the other hand, for better understanding of the two religions we might allow Catholics in Saudi Arabia to pray in what used to be Christian areas as well.

    Oh! Have they refused?

    • April 3, 2010 at 3:02 pm

      Just some minor nitpicks. The Hagia Sophia is/was an Orthodox Basilica. It never held Latin Masses.

      The original Christians in Soddy Barbaria were probably Syriac.
      I doubt any of their churches remain, so it would be hard to tell where they were located now.

      • AL
        July 21, 2010 at 11:53 am

        To Further nitpick, while it was indeed a Eastern Orthodox structure (The Hagia Sophia) it did have Catholic masses in the 200 years that Constantinople was capital of the “Latin Empire” a Glorified Crusader state after the 4th Crusade suddenly turned against the Byzantines

        Also, its not just the Hagia Sophia, the “Ummayyad Mosque” in Damascus us really the Cathdrel of Saint John, it has a Shrine that was said to contain the head of saint John the Baptist, Im sure they’d like it if we prayed in there.

  10. April 3, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    "Córdoba’s Former Great Mosque"

    Why isn't the title:
    Córdoba’s Former Christian Visigothic Church. !!!

    Dhimmi press… too lazy to check their sources!

  11. Hungarian Crusader
    April 3, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    There is no such thing as Istanbul….it was and always will be Constantinople named after Constantine the Great.
    The last emperor died defending the city in 1453 and aptly was also named Constantine.
    Dont let the muzzies say that word in front of you without correcting them.
    That civilization defended Europe for centuries from islime.
    Read the new book LOST TO THE WEST by Lars Brownworth about the Byzantine Empire for more information.

    • April 4, 2010 at 1:48 am

      Yes, an excellent point. I'll endeavour to call it Constantinople from now on.

        July 2, 2010 at 10:15 am

        you christians have no humanity. have u forgotten the time when we muslims conquered you people in history and did the mercy whom u can never show.
        we muslims has always battle and ruling ethics and u ……….????
        u shed un ending blood of muslims in crusedes but go to read history from ur own authors. and even watch the movie kingdom of heaven.what ayubi behaved is a golden part of history….
        but listen….. we will again come to ur lands again.i may not live a long but remember we will come again.if it would happen in my life Insha Allah . i will let u see what i would do to u people.its my promise… we have started our compeign.see what we have done to allians armies in afghanistan and how we are smashing american and christians bastards in iraq.time is about to come.just see .there is no more wait

        • admin
          July 2, 2010 at 11:54 am

          Here you go. Do you care to respond?

          Muslim Threat on Logans Warning: Christians Your Time has Come

        • eib
          December 17, 2012 at 5:04 pm

          I have a savior.
          You have a prophet.
          There is no hope in Islam.

        • emmi
          March 15, 2013 at 2:53 pm

          Abubakar Khan. You poor soul! You have not conquered our lands yet already your mouth is wateringcat the thought of what youbwill do to us. That, no doubt, will involve circumcising the people by force, beheading anyone who will not convert to Islam, chopping hands off thieves, lying about those of whom you are jealous and seeing that they are fitted up with a lashing, beheading,stoning or amputation. When your bloodlust has acted as the aphrodisiac that it is, you will then shove your dick into any female over the age of six.
          At least one part of these atrocities is happening in every country in the world. In some countries ALL these atrocities are happening.
          Islam doesn’t bring joy and that is why you want to stifle free speech, democracy and criticism by law so that you can have your nasty self-indulgence.
          We know what you will do with us. Your backward moronic pals tell us on a daily basis. Strangely these are the only things that make them laugh. The sign of the psychopath.

  12. eib
    December 17, 2012 at 6:12 am

    Muslims arrested for trying to pray in Córdoba’s former Great Mosque

    The bias of the story is obvious from the first sentence.
    It is not “Cordoba’s former Great Mosque” any more.
    The Muslims were thrown out of Spain, their political rule is over, their religious domination and oppression are over.
    It’s a church.
    Get over it.

    • Michael C
      December 17, 2012 at 7:49 am

      The Christians of Cordoba had a great church. The muslims “influenced” them to permit their use of some of the space in it. In due course they “influenced” them to hand it over.

      In a customary act of Supremacism (as with the Basilica of St. John in Damascus, and the temples in India) they demolished it, and on the site built a triumphalist building which stands there today. After the eviction of muslims from Spain it was consecrated as a church.

  13. Michael C
    December 17, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Mohammed ordered the killing of dogs – very kind of him (Bukhari 7:62:88); .

    Ayatollah Khomeini (who married a bride aged ten) insisted that sex with animals is fine. (

    No thanks. Islamic kindness – not for me

    • admin
      December 17, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      It is almost comical how they avoid verses like that.

  14. Being Human
    March 15, 2013 at 5:21 am

    People are very smart, they think they will say and get rid of that, as they are supported by some un-brain people. the fact is that, the majority will harras the minor and when the minor will react then they will say, see are are bad, they are terorist bla bla…, the truth is that majority start first terrorism and second the minority retaliate it.

  15. Being Human
    March 15, 2013 at 5:21 am

    People are very smart, they think they will say and get rid of that, as they are supported by some un-brain people. the fact is that, the majority will harras the minor and when the minor will react then they will say, see are are bad, they are terorist bla bla…, the truth is that majority start first terrorism and second the minority retaliate it.Being Human

    • admin
      March 15, 2013 at 8:24 am

      If that was your attempt to play the Muslim victim card it is a pretty poor one. Islam will be fought!

    • emmi
      March 15, 2013 at 2:33 pm

      Do you live under the Taliban rule, Being Human? If not I shall ask how you would endure it?
      When the Taliban roll their armoury into surprised, inoffensive towns where the people enjoy books, poetry, music, education, discussion, shared meals and ideas, they chop the fingers off the civilised, sophisticated women who wear nail polish. The women are then ordered by these barbarians to wear a burka and not to go outside without a male relative. Education and medical treatment are forbidden to women. If a woman has no male relative, she is a prisoner in her home. This usually applies to the elderly. One elderly woman in this situation had a male neighbour who kindly brought her some bread. The 74 year old was arrested and given 70 lashes for speaking to a man who was not a relative.
      This is what Westerners are fighting and if you in your stupidity don’t like it, tough. Would you like to be rescued by brave men and women or would you starve to death for some silly superstition? Or are you going to watch the oppression and keep chanting that those who carry out aggressive acts are inviting aggressive acts, but have nothing to say about the barbarians who are carrying out their raids in every country?

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