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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Anti-Ahmadiyya rage in Indonesia

The sight was impressive, tens of thousands on streets of Jakarta protesting against the Ahmadiyyas (Qadianis) but the cause wasn't.

Sea of Muslim demonstrators protesting against a micro-minuscule minority in Indonesia. It is true that most of Muslims consider the Ahmadiyyas as heretic and outside the pale of Islam but it is unjustifiable to come out in such massive strength on the streets, against your own countrymen because they have a different set of beliefs.

The rage is clearly manufactured by the mulla for his own interests. Haven't heretic sects existed in Islamic world for centuries. Religious groups as diverse as Nusayris, Druzes and Yazidis have been living together in Middle-East.

Or is it that Ahmadiyyas are the latest of the group, barely a century old. Many fundamentalists among mainstream Islamic sects also keep accusing the other sect of heresy and there is no end to such internecine disputes. Despite their propaganda, the Ahmadiyyas don't seem to be growing and it's clear that the figures are also exaggerated.

In Pakistan, the community has been persecuted for long and they (including the Lahori group) have been declared non-Muslims. Lately the same anger against the sect is witnessed in Bangladesh and even Indonesia, countries that could have shown the way to monarchies of Arab world by establishing democratic law-abiding societies.

Unfortunately this disease has spread up to Indonesia. The government is giving in to the demands and making life difficult for the sect. Rather than succumbing to the pressure of clerics, the society and government in these countries can do well to strengthen democratic values.

It is not only un-democratic and unjust to harass a sect or group of people but also un-Islamic. This should be condemned. I had written a post on Ahmadiyyas including and on Urdu poet Obaidullah Aleem, who was an Ahmedi.

In a column in Jakarta Post, Jennie S Bev reminds Muslims about the stress on compassion in Islam. And this form of bullying that because we are in greater number we will crush you, is outrageous.

It is sad to see the energies of Muslims getting channelised in the wrong way. No wonder, a columnist had remarked that all Muslim countries together haven't achieved anything in magnitude compared to the achievements of a tiny country like Korea.


A programme of the Ahmadiyya Jamat in Hyderabad Deccan (India) was cancelled by the administration on Sunday after Muslim groups including MIM and Majlis Bachao Tehreek held protests and threatened to take law in their hands if the programme was allowed to be held.
[Photo: Map of Indonesia]


Ye manzilen !! said...

Well said A...sad but true!

These Kool-Aid drinking Mullahs have no clue where the wrold is headed...

Diganta said...

secterianism is a part of religios fundamentalism. Hindusism has it inbuilt in the form of castes.

Anser Azim said...

Violence in any form is not justified and these minorities should be respected and protected where ever they are. "Fear Allah and protect the rights of the Muhajireen and the Ansar. Take from the rich and give to the poor. Treat the non-Muslims well and always keep your word." Hadrat Umar on his death bed. However, here are allama Iqbals views on Ahmadism.
best wishes
anser azim, Chicago

Mar Matthias Darin said...

With the Muslim community taking a stand against the extremists, it does show that most true Muslim believers are for peace and the terrorists are simply attempting to justify their self-indulgent narcissism at the cost of innocent victims.

ishqia said...

true it is agaist islam to harass any one. but it is surprising how wrong beliefs and religion spread so fast in the name of islam.

great blog

Anonymous said...

Indian Muslims are very fortunate, you live in a Hindu land but are treated as equal. We have been declared non Muslim in the land our fore fathers sacrificed their life for. Every passing day we have to go through horrible intolerance just because we have a some belief which may be bit different. Ahmadiyya persecution in Pakistan is becoming institutional(read about the medical students thrown out of university because of their faith).