After its huge growth in Catalonia (according to this documentary around 25% of Catalonian Muslims are Salafists, and the control around half of the mosques based in Catalonia), it looks like they are booming in the Basque Country and Navarra too:
The Government Information Services have detected in the last two years, a growing fight for power between moderate Muslims and extremists to control already functioning mosques in the provinces of Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa.
The tactic that the Salafists have used is to join other Muslim cultural associations and submit to control mosques already in operation. They introduce a spiritual leader (Imam) related to the Salafist religious schools in Saudi Arabia to achieve the recruitment of followers through the radicalization of discourse and the indoctrination of young people who want to “fight” for the Jihad.
According to the police report seen by the Cadena SER, the latest police data indicate that the Salafist, the most extreme branch of Islam, now controls two cultural associations and two mosques of Biscay. One of these two mosques integrates most members of the Muslim community in Bilbao.
Its main economic activity is based on halal products, which are authorized by the Muslim religion. In all other mosques in the Biscay province, veteran moderate Muslims have won the battle to the Salafists.
These cultural associations and mosques are funded mainly by Saudi Arabia. They do this through a “skeik“, a Salafi-Wahhabi ideologue, who is also a Professor or “Ulema” of Islamic Education at the University of Umm Al Qora of Mecca in Saudi Arabia who currently resides in Barcelona. In addition there is evidence that police have received donations from “brothers” of Reus in Tarragona and that they maintain close relations with groups based in Morocco.
In Catalonia, Navarra and Vizcaya, Forces and State Security have detected the presence within the Muslim community of an important number of core supporters linked to and financed by Salafia Jihadi organization.
This extremist organization is established in the Maghreb and in Spain and is trying to impose Islamic law (Sharia) through violence and terror. In Biscay for example the idea was managed in Ceuta in late 2006 at the mosque Darkauia with the aim of addressing the problems of “the brothers in the Middle East” and request financial assistance to the Islamic community Ceuta.