Yet in the West, Ahmadi spokesmen like the oleaginous Harris Zafar and the arrogant Qasim Rashid carry water for the same Islamic supremacists who would cheerfully destroy their homes and places of worship if they were in Indonesia. Instead, Zafar and Rashid target those who stand up for the Ahmadis and decry their persecution, carrying water for their own oppressors.
“FPI Forces Ahmadiyah Mosque to Close in West Java,” by Camelia Pasandaran for the Jakarta Globe, October 10 (thanks to Twostellas):
Hard-line Islamists shuttered an Ahmadiyah mosque after reportedly threatening to burn it down on Sunday in the latest example of religious intolerance to plague West Java.
The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) sealed a mosque in Sukatali village, in Sumedang, earlier this week after accusing the small congregation of breaking a controversial decree barring Ahmadiyah Muslims from proselytizing their religion. The decree, signed in 2008 by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Attorney General’s Office, with the support of the West Java governor’s office, has long been used as an excuse to oppress the minority religion.
Firdaus Mubarik, spokesman for the Indonesia Ahmadiyah Congregation (JAI), said the congregation was doing little more than holding regular prayer services.
“They only used [the mosque] to pray,” he said. “It had not even been used for Koran study groups.”
This particular mosque, which served the village’s 34-person Ahmadiyah community, has existed since the 1940s, according to Sukatali village chief Ade Ratna Wulan.
“They have been here for generations,” Ade told the local newspaper Kabar Priangan.”I don’t know since when, but a 70-year old Ahmadiyah leader said that when he was born here, the mosque already existed.”
The Sumedang branch of the FPI denied claims they sealed the mosque.
“For sure, what has been done by the FPI members was not sealing,” branch chief Muhammad Nur told the local newspaper Radar Sumedang. “Sealing or shutting down [a house of worship] is the authority of the Sumedang district government.”
The hard-liners said they had previously reached an agreement with the Ahmadiyah to stop using the mosque. Since the mosque was still in use, they decided to take matters into their own hands and shutter the building.
“We agree today to fully seal the building that has been used as a house of worship by the Ahmadiyah,” one FPI member told Radar Sumedang….