Spanish Muslims launched this week an independent, self-regulatory body to train imams in the southern European country.

"The Islamic Union of Imams and Preachers in Spain is the fruit of strenuous efforts of Muslim imams over the past years," chairman Sheikh Alaa Said told IslamOnline.net on Monday, October 26.

The new body, launched Saturday, will be entrusted with training imams and preachers across the country.

"The growing Muslim community in Spain required the launch of an official Islamic body to unify efforts of imams and preachers nationwide," said Said.

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