Spanish Pundit (II)

abril 16, 2007

Spanish Communist leader to convert to Islam?

I do not know if this is true, but, if it is, I would like Mr. Llamazares to make an statement. Translation below:

EL IDILIO ENTRE EL ISLAM Y LA IZQUIERDA ESPAÑOLA SE CONSOLIDA – Alerta Digital

Gaspar Llamazares, coordinador general de Izquierda Unida, vive desde hace meses en una encrucijada espiritual que le puede llevar a abrazar el Islam, según ha adelantado a Alerta Digital el diputado y presidente de la Comisión de Amistad Hispano Marroquí en el Parlamento de Rabat, Yahia Yahia, uno de los políticos del vecino Reino que mejores contactos tiene con sus homónimos españoles. Al parecer, la conversión de Llamazares al Islam ha sido uno de los secretos mejor guardados dentro de su entorno. Yahia comentó a nuestro periódico que, según sus informaciones, Llamazares habría sido aleccionado doctrinalmente y durante meses por una de las principales autoridades que la religión musulmana tiene en España. Apunta la misma fuente que durante meses “y con asesoramiento experto”, Llamazares ha estudiado y meditado sobre el Corán y sobre numerosísimos tratados religiosos que “le han podido llevar”, según el propio Yahia, “a encontrar la paz interior que todo ser humano busca”. “Es corriente”, prosigue, “que muchos comunistas europeos terminen abrazando la fe musulmana”. En ese sentido apunta un dato sin duda terminante: el 70 por ciento de los españoles convertidos al Islam en los últimos 15 años procede de organizaciones pertenecientes a la izquierda radical o a grupúsculos antisistema.

El compromiso de Gaspar Llamazares por la religión fundada por Mahoma hace 1.500 años se puso de manifiesto tras conocerse la carta dirigida al Papa por Mansur Escudero, líder de la Junta Islámica Española, solicitando un “lugar ecuménico singular” en este emplazamiento.

Llamazares resaltó en declaraciones a Europa Press que en una «instalación» religiosa tan importante como esta, “donde ha habido distintas confesiones, no debería haber problema», desde una visión “abierta”, para que junto con la confesión católica, también la musulmana tuviera un «ámbito de participación”. Incluso Llamazares fue más allá que la propia regidora de Córdoba, la también comunista Rosa Aguilar, al animar a los musulmanes a que utilizaran la catedral-mezquita cordobesa para sus rezos. Claro que si se hubiese planteado la cuestión en términos inversamente proporcionales; es decir, la utilización por parte de los cristianos turcos de la mezquita de Santa Sofía (antigua catedral ortodoxa), es más que probable que el punto de vista de Llamazares no hubiese sido el mismo.

Translation:

Gaspar Llamazares, general coordinator of United Left, has been living for some months, in a spiritual crossroad that can lead him to convert to Islam, as has declared to Alerta Digital, the MP and president from the Commission of Spanish-Moroccan Friendship in the Parliament of Rabat, Yahia Yahia, one of the politicians of the neighbouring Kingdon who has better contacts with the Spanish MPs. It seems that Llamazares’ conversion has been one of the best guarded secrets in his entourage. Yahia commented to our newspaper that, according to his informations, Llamazares has been lectured throughout some months by one of the main authorities of the Islamic religion in Spain. According to the same sources, during some months, with expert teachings, Llamazares has been studying and meditating on the Koram and other various religious treaties that “could had driven him to find the inner peace that all human beings are searching for”. “It’s very normal”, he continues, “that a lot of European Communists end coverting themseleves to the Muslim faith”. He also comments an important percentage: 70% of the Spanish citizens who converted into Islam in the last 15 years come from organisations belonging to the radical left or to anti-system groups.

The Llamazares’ compromise with the religion founded by Mohammed more that 1.500 years ago, was shown when it was known the letter sent to the Pope by Mansur Escudero, leader of the Spanish Islamic Council, asking for the conversion of the Cathedral of Cordoba into a “singular ecumenical place”. Llamazares stated to Europa Press that in a “religious building” so important as it is, “where there has been several confessions making their rites”, from an “open” view, it was normal that, the Islamic religion, with the Catholic, should have a “participation”.

Llamazares’ statements went farther that the ones of the Major of Cordoba, Rosa Aguilar, also Communist, who told Muslims to use the Cathedral for their own prayers. Of course, if the question would have been asked in inversely proportional terms -that is, if it would have been about the use by Turkish Christians of the Mosque of St. Sofia (which was before an Orthodox Cathdral)- it’s more than probable that Llamazares’ point of view would not have been the same.

For a retrospective on Cordoba’s Cathedral, click here [link in Spanish]: The nowadays’ Cathedral was built in the Mosque. But this one was also built in a Visigothic Christian Church. “The prayer room of the antique Mosque was built on a room sanctified previously for the Christian cult, property of the Christian community which was expelled from their church only for right of conquest“. During those 50 years both Muslims and Christians held their prayers there and it was terribly unsuccesfull.

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More on Cordoba’s Cathedral and the response of the Catholic Bishop here.

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