Mini theocracy in Bogor and Padang.
On 4th October the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) issued a fatwa against the "Al-Qiyadah Al-Islamiyah" sect, which is led by Ahmad Moshaddeq, real name Salam.
MUI Chairman, Ma'ruf Amin said the sect had grown rapidly since 2000 and that since July 23rd 2007 Ahmad Moshaddeq had been claiming to be a prophet after he spent 40 days and nights in meditation at Mount Bunder, Bogor, West Java.
The MUI spent 3 months studying the group before finally deciding that it was heretical, and had already informed the police of its decision, in the hope that Ahmad Moshaddeq would be prosecuted for blasphemy against Islam. tempo
After the fatwa, in Al-Qiyadah Al-Islamiyah's home base of Bogor, police sealed off two villas belonging to Ahmad Moshaddeq on 5th October, apparently to prevent any attacks on the properties from aggressively orthodox-minded Muslims.
Meanwhile in Padang, West Sumatra, similar to last year's legal-police assualt on the Jamiyatul Islamiyah sect, the Provincial Prosecutor's Office formally banned Al-Qiyadah Al-Islamiyah, and police raided the group's headquarters and took into custody 11 of its members, again supposedly to protect them from attack by other, excitable, Islamic groups. All 11 were later released, although Al-Qiyadah Al-Islamiyah's local leader, 44-year-old Dedi Priadi, is required to report himself to the police station once a day.
In West Sumatra, Dedi Priadi claims Al-Qiyadah Al-Islamiyah has 4000 followers, mostly young people. In his teachings, he says praying once a day at night, instead of five times, is adequate, but denies that the sect is blasphemous.
Gusrizal Gazahar of the West Sumatra branch of the Indonesian Ulema Council said they had been monitoring the sect for some time and had even sent two spies inside the organization.
The sect is misleading and not Islam. But it claims to be Islam so we ask the government to ban it and call its members to return to the right path.
Story continued at http://www.indonesiamatters.com/1457/muslim-beliefs/.