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MUI deplores attack on Ahmadiyah
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta
The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) deplored on Friday an incident of attack against members of the Islamic sect Jamaah Ahmadiyah at Manislor village, Jakalaksana district, Kuningan regency, West Java, a day earlier.
“It should have been settled persuasively,” said Slamet Effendi Yusuf, head of MUI’s Inter-religious Harmony Commission as quoted by tempointeraktif.com news portal.
The way to settle the problem could be through dialog between representatives of the regional government and Ahmadiyah members as well as members of mainstream Muslim organizations, he said.
Slamet admitted settling the problem was easier said than done. On the one hand a joint ministerial decree on Ahmadiyah signed two years ago has to be implemented. “But on the other hand, Ahmadiyah members insist to maintain their existence, exercise their activities and even try to expand themselves,” he said.
The problem is, Slamet said, that it could be left without any attention. There must have been a commitment to implement the joint decree and all parties have to wiser and respect one another as the process is not short.
“Amid the process, the Muslim organizations can make intensive approaches,” he said.
Is has been reported earlier that a clash erupted on Thursday between Ahmadiyah followers and members of Muslim organizations as the latter forced their way to enter Ahmadiyah compound in Kuningan. The Muslim organizations demanded that the government disband Ahmadiyah.