In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Ever Merciful
International Press and Media Desk
AHMADIYYA MUSLIM ASSOCIATION
22 Deer Park, London, SW19 3TL
Tel / Fax 020 8544 7613 Mobile 07795460318
21 January 2008
HADHRAT MIRZA GHULAM AHMAD OF QADIAN IS THE PROMISED MESSIAH AND MAHDI AS PROPHESISED BY THE HOLY PROPHET OF ISLAM THE AHMADIYYA MUSLIM JAMA’AT RESPONDS TO FALSE CLAIMS MADE IN ‘THE JAKARTA POST’
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at (AMJ) has responded to an article printed in ‘The Jakarta Post’(*1) which made a number of false claims about the Community. The article which was printed under the headline ‘Govt spares Ahmadiyah with no ban’ stated that the Indonesian Government had chosen not to ban the Ahmadiyya Jama’at due to an apparent reversal, by the Ahmadiyya Jama’at, regarding the status of its Founder, Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian.
Speaking about the article and clarifying the position of the Ahmadiyya Jama’at, the central Press Secretary, Abid Khan said:
“On behalf of the Ahmadiyya Jama’at I would like to state that we are very disappointed by the aforementioned article printed in The Jakarta Post. This article suggested that our Community had, God forbid, changed its position regarding the status of Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian.
To clarify, it is an inherent part of our faith and belief that Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian is the Promised Messiah and Mahdi (Guided One). Every true Ahmadi Muslim shares the same belief that the Founder of the Community is the same Messiah and Mahdi whose advent was foretold by the Holy Prophet of Islam.
The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) was the final law bearing Prophet and he brought a complete and perfect teaching. Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was the true Promised Messiah and Mahdi, who came to rejuvenate the message of Islam and therefore we most certainly recognise and accept him as a true Prophet of God Almighty. It is hoped that The Jakarta Post recognises and rectifies the mistakes it made in the aforementioned article.”
Ahmadiyya Muslim Association
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association has prospered throughout the world expounding and practising its motto ‘Love for All, Hatred for None’.
Further Information regarding the AMJ can be found at Alislam.org
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Press Secretary: Abid Khan (07795460318)
International Press and Media Desk
(*1) 16 January 2008
January 16, 2008
Govt spares Ahmadiyah with no ban
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta
The government said Tuesday it would not ban Ahmadiyah, defying a controversial fatwa by the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) that had declared Ahmadiyah an heretical Islamic sect.
The decision not to ban the group was made after Ahmadiyah leaders issued a statement saying they acknowledged Muhammad as the last prophet.
The statement was an apparent reversal of its previous stance.
The MUI has considered Ahmadiyah a deviant Islamic sect because the group recognized Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, its founder, as the last prophet, rather than Muhammad.
But the Mystical Belief Supervisory Coordinating Board said it could change its decision should Ahmadiyah fail to commit to its new stance.
The board comprises the Attorney General’s Office, police, the State Intelligence Agency and the Religious Affairs Ministry.
“The government could accept their written explanation and give them the opportunity to do what they have declared,” board coordinator Wisnu Subroto, who is the deputy attorney general of intelligence, told The Jakarta Post.
“We will keep watching and evaluating their activities within the next three months,” he said.
“If Ahmadiyah fails to commit to their declaration, we will discuss later what actions to take.”
Ahmadiyah leader Ahmad Basit said his group had the same belief as mainstream Islam.
“Like other Muslims, Ahmadiyah followers also recite syahadat (the two sentences of faith), acknowledging Muhammad as the last prophet,” he told Antara.
“Mirza Ghulam Ahmad is only our teacher,” he said.
Ahmadiyah also said they would not look to convert Muslims to their beliefs, but said they would instead strengthen relations with mainstream Muslims.
Wisnu asked the public to respect Ahmadiyah’s goodwill and accept the board’s decision.
But more than 1,000 Muslims staged a protest in Bandung, West Java to demand the government disband Ahmadiyah, saying the group’s beliefs ran counter to those of Islam.
“The Ahmadiyah organization is as heretical as Al-Qiyadah al-Islamiyah,” said protest leader Hedi Muhammad from the West Java Alliance of Muslims.
The protesting alliance included hard-line groups Hisbut Tahrir and the Islam Defender Front.
Ahmadiyah was established in Pakistan in the 19th century by Mirza Gulam Ahmad.
Ahmadiyah is little known in Indonesia. It did not take root in the country until the 1980s. There is an estimated 200,000 followers in the country. (rff)