FPI protests against decision on Ahmadiyah
JAKARTA (Antara): Dozens of hard-line Muslims staged a noisy protest outside the Attorney General’s Office here Friday against the government’s decision not to ban Ahmadiyah, accused of being a heretical Islamic sect.
The protesters, members of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI), failed to get a meeting with Junior Attorney General for Intelligence Wisnu Subroto.
Wisnu is coordinator of the Mystical Belief Supervision Coordinating Board (Bakor Pakem) that refused to outlaw Ahmadiyah, defying an Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI)’s fatwa.
The FPI warned the government against issuing any decision to legalize heresy and called on Muslims to wage jihad to guard the purity of Islam.
Separately, the Muslims’ Forum, another hard-line group, vowed Friday to continue to put pressure on the government to ban Ahmadiyah.
“We will continue to stage such activities as demonstrations and gatherings at mosques for the next three months to demand the ban on Ahmadiyah,” forum leader Muhammad Al Khaththath said. (**)