Yet in the West, Ahmadi spokesmen like the unctuous Harris Zafar and the strutting Qasim Rashid carry water for the same Islamic supremacists who would cheerfully destroy their homes if they were both back in West Java and dared to recite the Qur’an. Instead, Zafar and Rashid target those who stand up for the Ahmadis and decry their persecution, running interference for their own oppressors.
“Islamic Hard-Liners Attack Ahmadiyah Community for Koran Recital,” by Dessy Sagita for the Jakarta Globe, May 5:
An Ahmadiyah community in Tasikmalaya, West Java, was left in shambles on Sunday after hundreds of Islamic hard-line group members destroyed homes in their village.
Asep Taufik Ahmad, a member of the Sukamaju village in the Singaparna subdistrict, said some 400 hard-liners from a mass organization stormed the village at 1 p.m. and damaged dozens of houses belonging to followers of a minority sect of Islam, Ahmadiyah.
“It all started with our decision to hold a Koran recital event to commemorate Isra Mi”raj [the birth of prophet Muhammad]. We already informed the local police about our plan,” Asep told the Jakarta Globe on Sunday.
The police tried to persuade the villagers to not go through with their plan, citing security issues.
“The police said we should cancel the event for our own safety, because a mass organization, I won’t say which one, was apparently unhappy with our activity, but we proceeded anyway because it was a religious activity,” he said.
Some 60 police officers were standing by to secure the event. However, Asep said that hundreds of hardliners came to the village Sunday afternoon and broke past the police barricade.
“The police were outnumbered, everything happened so fast. Suddenly they managed to get into our village and started to attack our houses with stones and sticks while chanting “˜Allahu Akbar” [‘God is great’]. There was not much the police could do to stop them, they were totally out of control,” he said, adding that the assailants left the village about two hours later.
“Fortunately there was no fatality or casualty, even though many of our belongings were damaged and people here are still traumatized,” he said….