Ever since the Reconquista, Muslims in the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa have yearned for the day when Al-Andalus would be theirs once again. That day has moved perceptibly closer during the last ten years, since it is no longer possible to name a nightclub for Mecca, although previously it was no problem.
Spain — or at least the city of Aguilas — is prepared to enforce sharia law on behalf of the world’s 3.88 octillion offended Muslims, and has caved into their demands in the face of threatened violence.
Our Flemish correspondent VH has translated an article on the topic from Elsevier:
Muslim extremists threaten war over Spanish disco
by Maartje Willems
A popular Spanish disco, La Meca, sees itself forced to change its name because Muslim extremists have threatened “a big war between Spain and the Islamic world.” This is what the Spanish newspaper El Pais reports.
Employees of the Spanish secret service have warned the owner of the disco [pdf] in the southern Spanish city of Aguilas (Murcia) that the club is a potential target for extremists. The nightclub looks like a mosque. One of the owners is in fact the former Valencia goalkeeper Santiago Cañizares.
Hackers have cracked the club’s website and put a video message on it which threatened a world war if the club doesn’t change its name. The owners have met with a number of local Muslim leaders and decided to change the name.
The club was very popular in the eighties and nineties and also then already was called La Meca. Later on the club was closed for ten years. The club reopened June 18 this year, with the same name, but now this is meeting with enormous resistance.
Mohamed Ali, head of the Spanish Federation of Islamic Religious Affairs, considers it disrespectful to name a place where there is drinking and dancing after an Arab city. Muslims pray toward Mecca and the Prophet received the Koran there.
Iran also interfered with the name of the Spanish dancing club: the Iranian state radio announced that it took the name as an insult.
[picture caption] Spain has long been a target for al-Qaida terrorists. They want the south of Spain reinstate Islamic law. In 2004, four Islamic terrorists blew up four metro trains packed with commuters, killing 191 people.
The La Meca website states: Friday September 17 the owners of the nightclub and two authorized Islamic spokespersons [whose identity will then be revealed] will give a press conference