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The Heavenly Decree is the English translation of Asmani Faisala by Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah and Mahdi (as) and the Founder of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at. It is addressed to his contemporary ulema, specially Miyan Nadhir Husain Dehlawi and Maulawi Muhammad Husain of Batala who had issued a fatwa of heresy against the Promised Messiahas and declared him a non-Muslim, because he (the Promised Messiahas) had claimed that Jesus Christ had died a natural death and the second coming of Masih ibni Mariam (Jesus Christ) is fulfilled by the advent of Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas. Because (by the time the book was written) the ulema had refused to debate this issue with the Promised Messiah, he invited them, in this book, to a spiritual contest in which the question whether someone is a Muslim or not would be settled by Allah himself on the basis of four criteria of a true believer as laid down by Him in the Holy Quran. He also spelled out the modus operandi of this contest and fixed the period of time frame within which this contest would be decreed by Allah. He declared that God would not desert him and would help him and would grant him victory.
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Sect monitoring board ‘must be disbanded’

National News January 18, 2008 

Sect monitoring board ‘must be disbanded’

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The government should dissolve its official body which is allowed to ban religious sects, because it has disrupted the country’s legal system, human rights groups say.

They said the Coordinating Board for Mystical Beliefs (Bakor Pakem) served as a judicial forum which “overrides the role of the existing judicial institution” to enforce the law.

The board consists the Attorney General’s Office, police, the National Intelligence Agency and the Religious Affairs Ministry.

“Bakor Pakem is the legacy of the New Order (regime) and should be disbanded because it has disrupted the integrated legal system,” said a joint statement signed by the Human Rights Working Group and the Indonesian Legal Resource Center.

The statement, received by The Jakarta Post on Wednesday night, was issued in response to the board’s decision on Ahmadiyah, which was declared a heretical Islamic sect by the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI).

The rights groups hailed the board’s decision not to ban Ahmadiyah, but said the move showed a “clear intervention of the state into the freedom of religion” in Indonesia.

This was against the constitution, which guarantees religious freedom and the law which ratifies the international covenant on individuals’ civilian and political rights, they said.

“Therefore, we urge the Indonesian President to dissolve Bakor Pakem and, in dealing with religious freedom, return the law enforcement role to the legal system,” the statement said.

“We also urge the government to stop intervening in the religious affairs of its citizens.”

Bakor Pakem coordinator Wisnu Subroto said Thursday the MUI “cannot dictate” the decisions his board makes on Islamic sects.

“MUI has authority to declare whether a group is deviant or not, based on Islamic principles, but the government (the board) will make its own decision whether to dissolve a group or not,” he told the Post.

Wisnu, who is the deputy attorney general of intelligence, said the board gave Ahmadiyah three months to prove it was committed to its new stance that recognized Muhammad as the last prophet of Islam.

The MUI considered Ahmadiyah to be a deviant sect because it recognized its founder Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as the last prophet.

Bakor Pakem threatened to reverse the decision on Ahmadiyah should the group fail to commit to its declaration.

“We have given Ahmadiyah followers the opportunity to return to the right path, and their activities will be monitored and evaluated over the next three months,” Wisnu said.

He said, however, the board would consider human rights and constitutional factors when making decisions on Ahmadiyah.

“We can’t just dissolve or ban something but we should have good reasons for doing so,” he said.

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