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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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Indonesia sect mulls legal action against decree

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Indonesia sect mulls legal action against decree

Updated Tue Jun 10, 2008 10:23pm AEST
Ahmadiyah followers pray in their mosque in Jakarta. [Reuters]

A minority Islamic group at the heart of a sectarian furore in Indonesia says it does not recognise a ministerial decree ordering it to stop its activities.

A joint ministerial decree, issued on Monday, ordered the sect to “stop spreading interpretations and activities which deviate from the principal teachings of Islam” or face five years’ jail.

The Ahmadiyah community has urged followers to pray, stay calm and obey “existing laws” while it prepares its legal response.

“We regret the issuance of the joint ministerial decree because (this type of decree) does not exist within our reformed constitutional system,” the Indonesian Ahmadiyah Congregation (JAI) said in a statement.

It says that under the decree Ahmadiyah is “not frozen, banned or disbanded.”

Hardliners had demanded the government outlaw the sect which contravenes orthodox Muslim teachings by believing Mohammed was not the final prophet.

But moderates say the decree contravenes the constitutional right to freedom of religion and urges Ahmadiyah to challenge the restrictions in court.

Ahmadiyah leaders have told a press conference the sect has about 500,000 followers in the country of 234 million people, with 330 branches across the archipelago.

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