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In this book, the author deals with an issue that has lamentably marked humankind's religious history. Relying on a wide range of interviews he conducted throughtout Pakistan, Antonio R. Gualtieri relates the tragic experience of members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. Their right to define themselves as Muslims has been denied by the Govt. of Pakistan acting in collusion with orthodox Islamic teachers. Ahmadis have been beaten and murdered. They have been jailed, hounded from jobs and schools, their mosques sealed or vandalized, for professing to be Muslims and following Islamic practices. This book records their testimony of Harassment and persecution resulting from their loyalty to their understanding of God and HIS revelation.
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Home Worldwide Indonesia June, 2008 Indonesia tightens …
Indonesia tightens rules for sect
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Page last updated at 13:19 GMT, Monday, 9 June 2008 14:19 UK
Indonesia tightens rules for sect
Hardliners have mounted a sometimes violent anti-Ahmadiyah campaign
Hardliners have mounted a sometimes violent anti-Ahmadiyah campaign
The Indonesian government has announced tough restrictions on followers of the minority Ahmadiyah sect.

In the decree, the Ahmadiyah are warned they risk five years in jail if they do not stop spreading unorthodox beliefs and return to mainstream Islam.

The Indonesian constitution guarantees freedom of religion.

This latest move is widely seen as bowing to Islamic hardliners, who have stepped up a sometimes violent campaign against the nation’s 200,000 Ahmadiyah.

Last week dozens of pro-tolerance demonstrators were attacked by members of a militant Islamic group - and on Monday several thousand hardline Muslims again took to the streets in support of banning the sect.

The Ahmadiyah have views that are seen as controversial by mainstream Islamic society.

A widespread belief among sect members is that their founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, was the final prophet of Islam - and not Muhammad.

’Deviant interpretation’

The religious affairs minister made the long-awaited announcement in a joint decree with the country’s interior minister and attorney general.

The text of the decree orders the sect to “stop spreading interpretations and activities which deviate from the principal teachings of Islam,” reported the news agency AFP.

Such activities included “the spreading of the belief that there is another prophet with his own teachings after Prophet Muhammad”.

There has been fierce debate in Indonesia over whether the country’s constitution allows the banning of religious practices, says the BBC’s Lucy Williamson in Jakarta.

The preamble to the decree insists that the decision is in line with Indonesia’s constitutional guarantees on freedom of religion, and with domestic and international laws on human rights, she says.

But many Indonesians are likely to disagree.

URL : http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7443915.stm
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