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As-Salamu Alaykum Ibiza

As-Salamu Alaykum Ibiza

As-Salamu Alaykum, is the Muslim greeting and means peace be with you. In Ibiza there is a sizeable Islam community and recentlly I had the pleasure of welcoming a South African Muslim family to the island. Ibiza has a rich history and culture and Islam had a strong presence in the Balearic’s from 900AD, when they were conquered by the Moors. They brought prosperity and peace introducing new irrigation and agricultural farming techniques, which are still in operation today. The Moors ruled for over 300 years, until the Catalan Conquest in 1235. According to island legend the Moors were betrayed by a jealous brother of the King, who allowed the Catalans to sack the city by showing them a secret gate located where the tiny Chapel Of Saint Ciriac stands in Dalt Villa today.

Ibiza has a Mosque located at 36, Carrer De Navarra, in the Figueretas area of Ibiza town, where daily prayers are practiced. Muslims pray five times a day known as the Salah and this is obligatory for all Muslims. Set times for prayers are dictated by the movement of the sun and Friday prayer, the Jumu’ah, is considered a holy day, similar to Sundays for Christians. Muslims differ in how they interpret the Qur’an, some are very conservative with regards to alcohol and Halal food and others adopt a more liberal stance enjoying a drink or two and eating non Halal food called mashbooh, meaning questionable. As long as they stick to the five fundamental pillars of Islam, it is up to each Muslim how they live their life. Halal is a broad word describing any action or object that is permissible under Islamic Law. Halal ensures that animals are slaughtered with respect and mercy so that they do not suffer.

Contrary to popular belief, Muslims know how to party. They are fun loving and enjoy all aspects of modern day culture. Mannerly, respectful of different cultures and with a strong family ethos they are a content and self assured people. My Muslims guests were quiet happy to attend the David Guetta Opening party at Pacha (in Hijab) and the Space Opening party and really enjoyed the whole experience. They also enjoyed a cultural trip around the island, viewing sites with Muslim culture and background. We visited Balafia, a small hamlet of five houses just outside the tiny village of San Lorenc, where the islands oldest houses still exist today. The Muslim Houses at Balafia are living history, as all of them have people still using them as homes. There is an ancient Moorish water well still working and the whole area has a special atmosphere about it.

We also visited Dalt Villa where the narrow streets and organic urban layout are very similar to Islamic cities across the Mediterranean. Within the walls of Dalt Villa, can be found the Casa De La Curia, which houses the Madina Yasbisa, an impressive Museum that reflects Ibiza under Islamic rule.Intact remains of the old Muslim City wall of Ibiza, that were discovered in 2001, are displayed within the Museum. The wall is different from the brick renaissance walls of the Catalans, as it was made by compacting mud and clay in a technique known as matting. Ibiza has experienced many different cultures and religions invade its shores down through the centuries and Islam has contributed greatly to the islands personality.

Ibiza welcomes everybody as one, without bias or ignorance, it is what makes the island such a special place. My Muslim visitors had their eyes opened by Ibiza and its rich Islamic heritage and I was in turn impressed by the pleasant and good company of new friends. I hope that the Assalaam-O-Alaikum, which means goodbye in Islam, will not be the last time that I use the phrase.

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  1. Anonymous

    'Unfortunately for them atheism is unheard of in their country so they don't realistically have that option.'

    Correction…..I misread your post and had it in my head they were from a North African country, where atheism is almost unheard of.

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  2. Anonymous

    'Unfortunately for them atheism is unheard of in their country so they don't realistically have that option.'

    Correction…..I misread your post and had it in my head they were from a North African country, where atheism is almost unheard of.

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  3. Anonymous

    What a sanitised version of a most violent, peodophilic, sexist and seperatist religion! Written by a man of course.

    The word on the street in Ibiza is that we're sick to death of the looks of disdain, the rudeness from over-haggling, the sharp contrast between ways of life, the painfully obvious contrast between clothing, the colonising of areas, the threat of more mosques, the over-represenation of muslims in Spanish prisons (70%!!!), etc….

    May I suggest you see 'muslim' as someone who follows the religion called Islam and not as someone who was born into a muslim family or country. It's not in the blood….it's something someone chooses to live their life by or not.

    Your recent visitors do not sound like they adhere to the religion. Unfortunately for them atheism is unheard of in their country so they don't realistically have that option.

    I find it deeply worrying that someone can promote very liberal lifestyle choices and at the same time promote Islam. I think it's great to welcome people but not religions that conflict with the local way of life. Yes, come and live amongst us but please drop the old ways and stop looking at us as thought we're filth.

    One major point you and all others who discuss Al Andalus, which is what muslims call Spain (and always will as once muslim always muslim and they intend on getting it back), is that when they last took over the local population were also deeply religious….'people of the book' as the muslims called them. They were therefore allowed to live, albeit with 'dhimitude' status (please look that up and then decide whether muslim immigation is a good thing). However, this island is no longer a deeply religious island full of pious little things obedient to 'god'. This island is now full of the people your blog mostly appeals to. Those people would not have been tollerated back in the 'golden era' of Islam.

    Do you really think the muslim women in the long gowns and headscarves think the skimpily dressed young ladies are of equal status? Do you really think those women are likely to attend any of the house music events you regularly promote?

    Given the birth rate differential and constant muslim immigration, these issues need to be dealt with. This is no longer just a matter of 'cultural enrichment' or chats about old houses or irrigation systems. I don't care less about houses……I care about people and we are heading for a clash of civilisations.

    My question to you is this…..are you here to promote liberalism, freedom, equality of the sexes, freedom of thought, freedom of expression, etc, or are you here to promote the Islamisation of the most liberal place on earth? You can do one or you can do the other but you cannot faithfully do both….and time will make your diplomacy harder.

    I certainly worry for the young muslims girls born and raised in Ibiza who will suffer this differential the most in the form of forced marriages and honour killings if they decide to live and dress like their mates from school when they turn adolescent. Already a mosque has been closed due to a cleric beating the koran into the kids. They don't want them to assimilate and lose their muslim indoctrination. Their big agenda is to Islamise the place and the offspring are the main weapon for now. That is, of course, all written into the Koran.

    May I suggest you publish this comment to prove to me that you do believe in free speech/expression? Your post was very one-sided. This island deserves better.

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  4. Anonymous

    What a sanitised version of a most violent, peodophilic, sexist and seperatist religion! Written by a man of course.

    The word on the street in Ibiza is that we're sick to death of the looks of disdain, the rudeness from over-haggling, the sharp contrast between ways of life, the painfully obvious contrast between clothing, the colonising of areas, the threat of more mosques, the over-represenation of muslims in Spanish prisons (70%!!!), etc….

    May I suggest you see 'muslim' as someone who follows the religion called Islam and not as someone who was born into a muslim family or country. It's not in the blood….it's something someone chooses to live their life by or not.

    Your recent visitors do not sound like they adhere to the religion. Unfortunately for them atheism is unheard of in their country so they don't realistically have that option.

    I find it deeply worrying that someone can promote very liberal lifestyle choices and at the same time promote Islam. I think it's great to welcome people but not religions that conflict with the local way of life. Yes, come and live amongst us but please drop the old ways and stop looking at us as thought we're filth.

    One major point you and all others who discuss Al Andalus, which is what muslims call Spain (and always will as once muslim always muslim and they intend on getting it back), is that when they last took over the local population were also deeply religious….'people of the book' as the muslims called them. They were therefore allowed to live, albeit with 'dhimitude' status (please look that up and then decide whether muslim immigation is a good thing). However, this island is no longer a deeply religious island full of pious little things obedient to 'god'. This island is now full of the people your blog mostly appeals to. Those people would not have been tollerated back in the 'golden era' of Islam.

    Do you really think the muslim women in the long gowns and headscarves think the skimpily dressed young ladies are of equal status? Do you really think those women are likely to attend any of the house music events you regularly promote?

    Given the birth rate differential and constant muslim immigration, these issues need to be dealt with. This is no longer just a matter of 'cultural enrichment' or chats about old houses or irrigation systems. I don't care less about houses……I care about people and we are heading for a clash of civilisations.

    My question to you is this…..are you here to promote liberalism, freedom, equality of the sexes, freedom of thought, freedom of expression, etc, or are you here to promote the Islamisation of the most liberal place on earth? You can do one or you can do the other but you cannot faithfully do both….and time will make your diplomacy harder.

    I certainly worry for the young muslims girls born and raised in Ibiza who will suffer this differential the most in the form of forced marriages and honour killings if they decide to live and dress like their mates from school when they turn adolescent. Already a mosque has been closed due to a cleric beating the koran into the kids. They don't want them to assimilate and lose their muslim indoctrination. Their big agenda is to Islamise the place and the offspring are the main weapon for now. That is, of course, all written into the Koran.

    May I suggest you publish this comment to prove to me that you do believe in free speech/expression? Your post was very one-sided. This island deserves better.

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  5. DannyKay

    Thanks for your opinion. I wrote the blog as an experience I had with people not religion or sectarianism. The lady attended the opening party of David Guetta in full head dress and not once did I hear any of the group complain or use derogatory words towards other clubbers.

    There are bad eggs in every walk of life…its human nature.

    I deal with people the way I find them, as individuals, not because of their skin colour or religion.

    I will not defend any religion…..I will however respect a persons culture or beliefs and their right to live their lifes freely.

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  6. DannyKay

    Thanks for your opinion. I wrote the blog as an experience I had with people not religion or sectarianism. The lady attended the opening party of David Guetta in full head dress and not once did I hear any of the group complain or use derogatory words towards other clubbers.

    There are bad eggs in every walk of life…its human nature.

    I deal with people the way I find them, as individuals, not because of their skin colour or religion.

    I will not defend any religion…..I will however respect a persons culture or beliefs and their right to live their lifes freely.

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  7. DannyKay

    Comments have a much better chance of been published when non abusive language and swear words are not used. Comments posted by named contributors will also be preferred over Anonymous postings.

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  8. DannyKay

    Comments have a much better chance of been published when non abusive language and swear words are not used. Comments posted by named contributors will also be preferred over Anonymous postings.

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  9. Dazed And Confused

    Perhaps you should sample the delights of an Islamic Country, or perhaps holiday in an Islamised ghetto bestowed upon us by our ghastly politicians in Western Europe, in order to come to realise just what a totalitarian political system, from cradle to grave, the alleged "religion" of Islam is.

    I fully understand that the Spanish area of Andalusia was conquered presided over via Muslim rule in the distant past, but coming to realise that Ibiza has now also submitted to the European unions politically correct doctrine, in ushering in a so called middle eastern "faith" that refuses to be reformed in any way shape or form, claiming that the Koran is the pure word of "God", proves once again that a new dark age is coming, and the only "raves" to be heard in fifty years time in Ibiza, will be from countless minarets calling the people to their early morning prayer.

    You'll never understand until you've experienced an "Islamic community" up close and personal, so to speak…..Ho Hum…

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  10. Dazed And Confused

    Perhaps you should sample the delights of an Islamic Country, or perhaps holiday in an Islamised ghetto bestowed upon us by our ghastly politicians in Western Europe, in order to come to realise just what a totalitarian political system, from cradle to grave, the alleged "religion" of Islam is.

    I fully understand that the Spanish area of Andalusia was conquered presided over via Muslim rule in the distant past, but coming to realise that Ibiza has now also submitted to the European unions politically correct doctrine, in ushering in a so called middle eastern "faith" that refuses to be reformed in any way shape or form, claiming that the Koran is the pure word of "God", proves once again that a new dark age is coming, and the only "raves" to be heard in fifty years time in Ibiza, will be from countless minarets calling the people to their early morning prayer.

    You'll never understand until you've experienced an "Islamic community" up close and personal, so to speak…..Ho Hum…

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  11. DannyKay

    Thanks for your comment. As I stated earlier I can only write about my experiences in Ibiza. The family I met were lovely and I would consider myself an ok judge of character.

    I cannot comment on the Islamic community up close and personal as I have not experienced it yet. If I do I will relate my experience good or bad.

    Once again thank you for your constructive comment…..

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  12. DannyKay

    Thanks for your comment. As I stated earlier I can only write about my experiences in Ibiza. The family I met were lovely and I would consider myself an ok judge of character.

    I cannot comment on the Islamic community up close and personal as I have not experienced it yet. If I do I will relate my experience good or bad.

    Once again thank you for your constructive comment…..

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  13. Anonymous

    Hi, aM coming To Ibiza this weekend. Do u know were I would be able to get halal meat or food from on the island. From what I have read if there is a mosque on the island there would be people selling halal meat and food nearby. Thanks

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  14. DannyKay

    Yes the area around the Mosque is full of halal shops and restaurants you can stock up there. Here is the location of the mosque lat, lng 38.90606,1.421341

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  15. DannyKay

    Yes the area around the Mosque is full of halal shops and restaurants you can stock up there. Here is the location of the mosque lat, lng 38.90606,1.421341

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  16. Anonymous

    Hi i have been visiting the Island for 6 years now and never knew there was halal meat. Thanks for this usefull post i am going back for closings and will confirm this then. As for the previous posts i think that it is good that some muslim people are habiting the island as it is a very special place and some diversity is always good.

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  17. Anonymous

    Hi i have been visiting the Island for 6 years now and never knew there was halal meat. Thanks for this usefull post i am going back for closings and will confirm this then. As for the previous posts i think that it is good that some muslim people are habiting the island as it is a very special place and some diversity is always good.

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  18. DannyKay

    You are welcome. Enjoy Ibiza.

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  19. DannyKay

    You are welcome. Enjoy Ibiza.

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