Whether to ban Islamic sects like Ahmadiyah.
Banning of Ahmadiyah
The government, or its agencies, is currently debating whether to formally ban the Ahmadiyah sect, its activities, written materials, and teachings. Ahmadiyah was founded in Punjab, India, in 1889 by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, and has about 200,000 followers in Indonesia and some millions worldwide.
The "Tim Pakem" (Pengawas Aliran Kepercayaan Masyarakat, Overseers of the Peoples' Beliefs), part of the Attorney General's office, will hold a meeting on 8th January to begin discussions on the issue. antara
A delegation from the Forum Umat Islam (FUI), which is said to be an umbrella organisation for 53 Islamic groups, handed a petition to Hendarman Supandji, the Attorney General, on 3rd January, asking for Ahmadiyah to be banned.
One member of the delegation, Amin Djamaludin, from the Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI), says the sect needs to be banned not because it is heretical but because the world leadership of Ahmadiyah intends to make Indonesia their base. He knows this because he read it in editions 12, 13, and 20 of "Al Fadhl International" in the year 2000, apparently a British magazine put out by Ahmadiyah.
If they're not banned then we ask that they just start their own religion [totally outside of Islam].
Another umbrella group, the Aliansi Umat Islam (Alumni) in Bandung, which represents 47 Islamic associations, issued an ultimatum to the government, threatening to bring 40,000 people out onto the streets if Ahmadiyah were not banned by Islamic New Year. beritasore
Banning the MUI
Adnan Buyung Nasution, a lawyer, former parliamentarian and senior civil servant, and prolific author, said on 22nd December that instead the Clerics' Council, MUI, should be dissolved, because its fatwa against Ahmadiyah had caused the recent violence against the group. detik
Adnan Buyung Nasution
On 30th December former president Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur) agreed, saying that the MUI did nothing but issue fatwas, and there were a lot of other more useful Islamic organisations in existence. antara
But if it can't be disbanded then the current leadership should be changed.
And more recently, on January 7th, the Aliansi Kebangsaan untuk Kebebasan Beragama dan Berkeyakinan (AKKBB) staged a small demonstration outside the Attorney General's office in Jakarta, as well as demos in a number of other cities, calling on the state to defend religious freedom. detik