Islamic Commission of Spain

Islamic Commission of Spain (Spanish: Comisión Islámica de España) is the legitimate representative organ of Islam and Muslims before the citizenship and the Administration for the representation, negotiation, signature and follow-up on the Islam - State agreements adopted in Law 26/1992. The Islamic Commission of Spain meets periodically with representatives of the Administration in the Mixed Paritary Commission; in addition to the conjunctural communications with the Ministry of the Presidency on legislative initiatives, and with the Main Directorate of Religious Affairs of the Ministry of Justice.

Islamic Commission of Spain
Key people
Mohamed Hamed Ali
Riay Tatary


President of the Islamic Commission of Spain, Riay Tatary Bakry, has been linked by Spanish media to an Al-Qaeda network uncovered in June 2019. He died in April 2020.[1]

Historical summaryEdit

In 1967 the first law allowing Muslims to organize themselves, after a gap of centuries, was promulgated in Spain, leading to the establishment in 1968 of the first local Muslim Association in Spain in Melilla, and in 1971, the first national association, the Association of Muslims in Spain (AME), which has its headquarters in Madrid. Under the Spanish Constitution the Statutory Law of Religious Freedom is promulgated, now in force, and the Union of Islamic Communities of Spain was constituted (UCIDE), as well as the Spanish Federation of Islamic Religious Entities (FEERI), which together constitute the Islamic Commission of Spain (CIE), which is a member of the Muslim Council for Cooperation in Europe (MCCE)[2] in Brussels, which is a consultative body to the European Union.

Links with Al-Qaeda financiersEdit

In June 2019, 350 Spanish police officers dismantled a network of Al-Qaeda financiers in Spain, including Al-Qaeda's historic financier Mohammed Zouaydi, as part of "Operation Wamor".[3]

According to Spanish media, the head of the Al-Qaeda network was Fares Kutayni, described as a "close relative" of Riay Tatary Bakry, President of the Islamic Commission of Spain. Fares Kutayni and his daughter Hayfa Kutayni were directors of the Muslim Brotherhood-related Union of Islamic Communities of Spain, founded by Riay Tatary Bakry, and one of the main components of the Islamic Commission of Spain.[4][5]

In a press release, the President of the Islamic Commission of Spain, who is said to be "ideologically linked to the Muslim Brotherhood", trusted the arrested Al-Qaeda members were innocent.[6][7] However, Europol stated that the network was "part of a huge international clandestine structure, with the aim of attacking the Western economic system as a form of terrorism ".[8]


Previous to the statutes of 2015, the direction of CIE was made up by the presidents of these two federations, UCIDE and FEERI. However, the current statute[9] has two main representative bodies: the governing body (junta directiva) and the permanent committee (comisión permanente). The governing body comprises the president, the secretary, and the treasurer.

Governing body:

Permanent Committee:

  • The permanent committee is made up of 25 members which are proportional to the number of religious communities. The federations and religious communities integrated in the CIE are the ones responsible for the assignment of the members.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Bedoya, Juan G. (6 April 2020). "Riay Tatary, histórico dirigente de los musulmanes españoles, muere por coronavirus". EL PAÍS.
  2. ^ "Dialogue with Religions, Churches and Humanisms - Issues". Muslim Council for Cooperation in Europe. European Commission. 2012. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  3. ^ Muñoz, Pablo (1 July 2019). "La mayor trama de financiación del yihadismo operaba como una mafia". ABC. Vocento. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  4. ^ Ruiz Coll, M.A.; Barro, Pelayo (1 July 2019). "El jefe de la célula yihadista de Madrid fundó la Comisión Islámica y administró la mezquita de Tetuán". Okdiario. Dos Mil Palabras S.L. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  5. ^ Rabasa, Angel; Benard, Cheryl; Schwartz, Lowell H.; Sickle, Peter (2007). "Building Moderate Muslim Networks". RAND Corporation. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  6. ^ Europa Press (2 July 2019). "El presidente de la Comisión Islámica confía en la inocencia de los presuntos financiadores de Al Qaeda". (in Spanish). Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  7. ^ Nielsen, Jørgen; Akgönül, Samim; Alibašić, Ahmet; Goddard, Hugh; Maréchal, Brigitte (28 October 2011). Yearbook of Muslims in Europe. 3. BRILL. p. 532. ISBN 9789004207554.
  8. ^ "Counter-terrorist operation: Spanish National Police disrupts criminal organisation which financed Al Qaeda". Europol. European Union. 19 June 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  9. ^ Comisión Islámica de España, CIE. "Estatutos de la Comisión Islámica de España 2015" (PDF). Retrieved 24 April 2020.

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