Ahmadiyah & Human Rights

Jan 30th, 2007, in IM Posts, by

The Human Rights Commission delivers a report on the persecution of the Ahmadiyah sect in recent years.

A report by the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM, Komisi Nasional Hak Asasi Manusia) detailing attacks on the Jemaah Ahmadiyah Indonesia (JAI) sect in 2005 and 2006 has found that the group's members have suffered gross human rights violations.

The Ahmadiyah sect, originating in Pakistan, arrived in Indonesia in 1925 and for much of its history in Indonesia was largely unmolested. However in 1980 the Council of Clerics (Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI)) issued a fatwa against the sect declaring their brand of Islam a heresy. A year later a letter from the embassy of Saudi Arabia in Jakarta was sent to the head of the Islam section of the Department of Religion recommending that Ahmadiyah be banned by the government - three years after this the head of the Islam section of the Department of Religion penned an edict in which it was stated that Ahmadiyah was a danger to the nation and, again, heretical.

In the years after these events the position of the Ahmadiyah in Indonesia became increasingly weak and threatened. Unconcern about the existence of Ahmadiyah among some orthodox Muslims, or disdain and vague dislike among other orthodox Muslims, turned into outright hostility, sometimes leading to physical attacks on persons and property.

2005 was the worst year for Ahmadiyah in Indonesia ever. The following attacks on them were recorded:

  • 18th February - vandalism of a mosque at Sintang, West Kalimantan.
  • 28th June - vandalism of a mosque at Wajo, South Sulawesi.
  • 8th-9th, 15th July - attacks on the Mubarak campus in Parung, Bogor, West Java.
  • 26th July - threats against a mosque in Bandung, West Java.
  • 27th July - vandalism of a mosque at Bogor.
  • 29th July - forced closure of a mosque complex at Kuningan, West Java.
  • 30th July - threats against members in Pamulihan, West Java.
  • 2nd-11th August - threats against a mosque in Bogor, vandalism of a mosque and homes in Cianjur.

Many of the attacks which occurred in the following year, 2006, have been reported on this website, search Ahmadiyah.

Ahmadiyah
Closure of the Ahmadiyah Mubarak campus in Parung, Bogor.

Following this surge of violence the Human Rights body established a special commission to handle the Ahmadiyah issue. The deputy head of this fact-finding body, MM Billah, said on the 25th of January that there was a pattern to the attacks. Once the formal declaration of heresy had been made against the Ahmadiyah small groups of people, organising and meeting at mosques or through religious associations, began public campaigns against Ahmadiyah mosques, by holding meetings or putting up banners, then made threats, and finally, once the masses had been inflamed, vandalism, burnings, and evictions were undertaken. The authorities tended to allow this behaviour, he said, or in some cases police and public order officials participated in it.

In the attacks on the Mubarak campus, and in the Kuningan incident, Billah said his report had managed to identify some of the key perpetrators. [1]

Meanwhile the head of the Fatwa Commission of the MUI, Ma'ruf Amin, was not pleased at the results of the report. He said Ahmadiyah was genuinely a heretical group and it could be understood if regular Muslims reacted badly to its existence.

He worried that the statement by Komnas HAM that attacks on Ahmadiyah were human rights crimes would only further inflame the passions of Muslims, and that therefore Komnas HAM was in fact provoking violence against Ahmadiyah. He advised Komnas HAM to revise their findings so as not to cause ill-feeling in society. [2]


19 Comments on “Ahmadiyah & Human Rights”

  1. avatar Bas says:
    January 30th, 2007 at 1:49 am

    He worried that the statement by Komnas HAM that attacks on Ahmadiyah were human rights crimes would only further inflame the passions of Muslims, and that therefore Komnas HAM was in fact provoking violence against Ahmadiyah. He advised Komnas HAM to revise their findings so as not to cause ill-feeling in society.

    Who do you call that?

  2. avatar Dimp says:
    January 30th, 2007 at 4:22 am

    I am worried that his comment against Komnas HAM not to comment will only inflame the passion Komnas HAM, and therefore Ma’ruf Amin was in fact provoking comments by Komnas HAM.

  3. avatar Chris says:
    January 30th, 2007 at 10:27 am

    A while back it was reported in “Tempo” magazine that the Lombok members of Ahdmadiyyah were applying for refugee status in Canada and Australia. Anybody know what happened with that?

  4. avatar Achmad Sudarsono says:
    January 30th, 2007 at 7:53 pm

    Dear Friend,

    Maybe Ahmadiyah was asking for it?

    They ever practice the deviant Islam, not the true Islam. Can the authorities be responsible if the anger of the people is inflamed?

    Friend,

    Ahmadiyah is not in the Pancasila. Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, is. Maybe even animist, I think in some places. But not the Ahmadiyah, my friend.

    The worst crime is they take my name: Achmad. Although it is spelled different in English, it is transliterated from the holy Arabic language, my dearest Friend one.

    Oke ?

  5. avatar sgn says:
    January 31st, 2007 at 12:11 am

    Let me quote the “Pancasila”

    (1) Ketuhanan yang Maha Esa
    (2) Kemanusiaan yang Adil dan Beradab
    (3) Persatuan Indonesia
    (4) Kerakyatan yang Dipimpin oleh Hikmat Kebijaksanaan dalam Permusyawaratan/Perwakilan
    (5) Keadilan Sosial bagi Seluruh Rakyat Indonesia

    Mas Sudarsono wrote:

    Ahmadiyah is not in the Pancasila.

    Which principle of Pancasila does Ahmadiyah not fit?

    Please advice.

    sgn

  6. avatar Tomaculum says:
    January 31st, 2007 at 1:10 am

    A. Sudarsono, you again. :)
    Gradually your sketchy provocation is being more and more boring. Try something new, won’t you?

    Sgn, the Panca Sila in A. Sudarsono’s mind is just 5 x in the day sitting cross legged (javanese: sila) and strikeout the next “intellectual” comment.

    My, my, A. Sudarsono, you naughty kid.

  7. avatar Achmad Sudarsono says:
    January 31st, 2007 at 4:08 pm

    Hey, Mr. Tomalcum,

    I don’t try to provoke anyone, just to share and Make A Friend.

    If they worship me: Achmadiyah, I accept.

  8. avatar Tomaculum says:
    January 31st, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    Ahmadiyah is not in the Pancasila.
    If they worship me: Achmadiyah, I accept.
    No comment!

  9. avatar sgn says:
    January 31st, 2007 at 11:53 pm

    :-))

  10. avatar Rockstar says:
    February 1st, 2007 at 3:19 am

    Caption:

    “Whoaaa, an earthquake attack, brothers, let’s hang on to this very sturdy looking billboard.”

  11. avatar Dimp says:
    February 3rd, 2007 at 6:16 am

    Just had a very interesting conversation with my friend, he is a syiah Moslem. He commented that Ahmadiyah is just evil, I was quite surprised to learn this as I always thought that he is a moderate Moslem. So if a moderate Moslem can consider Ahmadiyah as evil, then what about the extremist Moslems?

  12. avatar sgn says:
    February 5th, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    … and did you notice the Saudi Arabian Sunni comments on Iranian Syiah?

    sgn

  13. avatar Dimp says:
    February 5th, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    I think these people need to be brought together, put into one room and discuss their issues with one another. Until a resolution is reached then they are not allowed to leave the room.

  14. avatar sgn says:
    February 5th, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    … and wondering how they view on my nice friend M. Khafi (as he mentioned that he is belongs to a minority Muslim).

    sgn

  15. avatar Ihaknt says:
    February 5th, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    Dimp, and they are not allowed to go to the toilet until the issues are resolved.

  16. avatar Dimp says:
    February 5th, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    Dimp, and they are not allowed to go to the toilet until the issues are resolved.

    Or they have to go together, if not it would be a very messy room indeed.

    Maybe they need to be put in a room where on each hour one more person is added, and then another, and then another, I think they will then gang up against this new person, and so on, so at least they will find one common ground, hating the newbie.

  17. avatar Progressive says:
    February 10th, 2007 at 11:22 am

    Ahmadiyah claimed Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as the last prophet. While in Islam, Muhammad is the last prophet.

    Christianity have Isa Almasih as their last prophet and saviour. So Christianity can’t accept Muhammad. But never hates Islam.

    The position is the same. Hope that we can have some mutual spiritual dialogues then.

  18. avatar sgn says:
    February 11th, 2007 at 5:24 am

    Here are two more Prophets in this millenium …

    From http://www.streamingfaith.com/directory/index.aspx

    Prophet T.B. Joshua
    Prophet Kevin Leal

    sgn.

  19. avatar Craig says:
    May 16th, 2007 at 12:14 am

    In every instance of an Indonesian Volcano, violence and suicides skyrocketed. The same happans in every other country that has pyroclastic flows from volcanoes.



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