Irish Council of Imams
The Irish Council of Imams is an umbrella organization for most Islamic establishments in Ireland. Its formation was announced in a press release on September 15, 2006. It represents 35 imams in Ireland, of both the Sunni and Shia denominations, but excludes Ahmadiyya. The chairman is Imam Hussein Halawa (Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland), the deputy chairman is Imam Yahya Al-Hussein (Islamic Foundation of Ireland), and the general secretary is Belkacem Belfedhal. The Council consists of representatives from Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford, Meath, and Dublin mosques.
However the imposition of a Ramadan date based solely on astronomical calculations has been widely contested by those who only believe in visual observation of the moon, to determine the new Islamic month, as well as questioning the unelected and unrepresentative nature of the Council.
- Announcing the Irish Council of Imams
- Fitzgerald, Mary (13 October 2006). "Ireland's Muslims forging an identity". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on 2011-03-05. Retrieved 16 June 2014.