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In For a Prayer

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The people of Felanitx are causing a bit of a storm in a tea cup, lately, amongst themselves.

Some 1,500 inhabitants of this Mallorcan town are followers of the Islamic faith. For them, some premises in Felanitx were rented previously for their daily prayers. But now, the (mostly) Moroccans have bought a property in town (see photo) where they want to install their prayer rooms in due course, instead of going on renting.

The alcadesa (mayoress) has already given her blessing, so to speak, to this undertaking but so also does the Spanish Constitution which clearly expresses that anyone living in Spain can follow whichever religion or faith without having to endure any duress or other constraints.

Mind you, some Mallorcans have been known through the ages to be experts in a little arm-twisting here and there.

How about Felanitx offering one of their seven Catholic temples for the benefits of some Muslim praying, to their vecinos from the Maghreb? After all, church going seems to be under a slight decline recently amongst the non-Muslim population of Spain.

The photo was taken in Felanitx, Mallorca, Spain. The date: February 6th, 2008. The time was 17:45:23.

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