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The Sealing of Eight Ahmadiyya Mosques in Manis Lor Village is Postponed

TEMPO Interkatif, Indonesia
Translated from Indonesian
by Lisa Latief
The Sealing of Eight Ahmadiyya Mosques in Manis Lor Village is Postponed
Monday, 26 July 2010 | 14:27 WIB
Jamaat Ahmadiyya of Kuningan, West Java, smeared their faces with toothpaste while obstructing the closing of their house of worship. TEMPO/ Widodo Djatmiko
Jamaat Ahmadiyya of Kuningan, West Java, smeared their faces with toothpaste while obstructing the closing of their house of worship. TEMPO/ Widodo Djatmiko

TEMPO Interaktif, Kuningan — The sealing of the mosque belonging to Jamaat Ahmadiyya in Manis Lor Village, Jalaksana Subdistrict, Kuningan Regency, West Java, is finally postponed after holding dialogue. However, some members of Jamaat Ahmadiyya are still worried if their house of worship will be closed.

Today the government of Kuningan Regency planned to close and seal eight mosques belonging to Jamaat Ahmadiyya in Manis Lor Village. The closure is based on the warrant from Kuningan regent number 45/.2/2065/Satpol PP containing the order to close and seal eight mosques belonging to Jamaat Ahmadiyya in Manis Lor Village. This is based on the recommendation of Indonesian Ulema Council number 38/MUI-Kab/VI/2010 dated on June 24th 2010.

Based on that warrant, the Head of Civil Service Police Unit, Indra Purwantoro, along with other members came to Manis Lor Village to close up the mosque.

However, before they could reach the mosque, hundreds of Jamaat Ahmadiyya men blocked the way to the village. They also smeared their face with toothpaste in order to save themselves from effects of tear gas and held each other’s hands to block the way to the village.

They collected the blocks of beams and tires and placed behind the lines of human; while the women were reading Koran and praying in An Nur Mosque, the biggest mosque belonging to Jamaat Ahmadiyah in Manis Lor village.

One member of Jamaat Ahmadiyya managed to grab the warrant of Kuningan regent, Aang Hamid Suganda. He took it and wanted to tear it but the head of Civil Service Police Unit, Indra Purwantoro quickly chased and saved the warrant.

The Head of Ahmadiyya Center Security Commission, Deden Sujana said that they can not accept the sealing of the mosque which is the House of God before the dialogue started. “Mosque is the house of worship, why should it be sealed?“ he said.

Therefore, his side demanded for dialogue first, to know the reason of sealing of their mosque. Deden also claimed that whenever they had insistence from other groups, they always are blamed. “Why is it us to always be insisted?“ he asked.

Deden denied that it was Jamaat Ahmadiyya that opened the seal attached by Kuningan regency government in December 2007. “It was Litbang Depag, not us.” He said.

However, Indra Purwantoro denied that there was no dialogue before. “The dialogue has been held many times,” he said. But the result of the dialogue was that the order to seal the Ahmadiyya mosque was released by Kuningan regent.

Beside, Indra also said that in Ahmadiyya Articles of Association and bylaw, there is an article stating recruitment to convert to Ahmadiyya. “It has violated Indonesian Joint Ministerial Decree, because it is prohibited to recruitment from another religion,” he said.

Indra denied that the sealing happens because of the insistence from other Islamic groups. “I think it is not an insistence. It is an aspiration,” he said. Kuningan government, Indra thinks, should accommodate every aspiration. About the opening of seal by Litbang Department of Religious Affair, Indra admitted that he has not received any warrant yet from the department.

After holding tough dialogue for more than an hour, it was finally agreed that the dialogue will be conducted first and the sealing of the mosque is cancelled.

IVANSYAH

Original Indonesian Version

TEMPO Interaktif, Kuningan — Penyegelan masjid milik Jemaah Ahmadiyah di Desa Manis Lor, Kecamatan Jalaksana, Kabupaten Kuningan, Jawa Barat, akhirnya ditunda setelah dilakukan dialog. Namun sejumlah anggota jemaah Ahmadiyah masih was-was jika rumah ibadahnya akan ditutup.

Hari ini Pemerintah Kabupaten Kuningan berencana menutup dan menyegel delapan masjid milik jemaah Ahmadiyah di Desa Manis Lor. Penutupan tersebut didasarkan pada surat perintah Bupati Kuningan Nomor 45/.2/2065/Satpol PP yang berisi perintah menutup dan menyegel delapan masjid milik jemaah Ahmadiyah di Desa Manis Lor. Penutupan tersebut didasarkan pada rekomendasi Majelis Ulama Indonesia Nomor 38/MUI-Kab/VI/2010 tertanggal 24 Juni 2010.

Atas dasar surat perintah itulah Kepala Satuan Polisi Pamong Praja Kuningan, Indra Purwantoro, mendatangi Desa Manis Lor bersama dengan anggota lainnya untuk menutup masjid.

Namun sebelum sampai di masjid, ratusan kaum lelaki jemaah Ahmadiyah menutup jalan masuk ke desa. Mereka juga mencoreng muka dengan menggunakan odol, untuk menghindari jika dilempar gas air mata, serta bergandengan tangan untuk menutup jalan masuk ke desa tersebut.

Mereka pun mengumpulkan bongkahan balok dan ban yang diletakkan di belakang barisan manusia. Sedangkan para wanita terlihat mengaji dan berdoa di Masjid An Nur, masjid terbesar milik jemaah Ahmadiyah di Desa Manis Lor.

Sempat terjadi saling kejar saat seorang jemaah Ahmadiyah mengambil dan hendak merobek paksa surat perintah Bupati Kuningan, Aang Hamid Suganda. Namun Kepala Satuan Polisi Pamong Praja Indra Purwantoro segera mengejar dan mengamankan surat perintah tersebut.

Ketua Komisi Keamanan Ahmadiyah Pusat Deden Sujana mengungkapkan mereka tidak terima jika masjid yang merupakan rumah Tuhan disegel sebelum dilakukan dialog terlebih dahulu dengan mereka. “Masjid itu tempat ibadah, kenapa harus disegel,” katanya.

Karena itu, pihaknya pun menuntut dilakukan dialog terlebih dahulu untuk mengetahui alasan dilakukan penyegelan terhadap mesjid milik mereka. Deden pun mengklaim jika setiap ada desakan dari kelompok lain, merekalah yang selalu disalahkan. “Kenapa kami yang selalu didesak?“ tanyanya.

Deden pun membantah jika Jemaah Ahmadiyah Manis Lor yang membuka segel yang sudah ditempel Pemerintah Kabupaten Kuningan pada Desember 2007. “Yang membukanya Litbang Depag, bukan kami,” katanya.

Sedangkan Indra Purwantoro membantah jika belum dilakukan dialog. “Dialog itu sudah berkali-kali dilakukan,” katanya. Namun hasilnya tetap surat perintah untuk penyegelan masjid Ahmadiyah tetap dikeluarkan oleh Bupati Kuningan.

Selain itu Indra pun mengungkapkan jika dalam anggaran dasar dan rumah tangga Ahmadiyah terdapat klausul yang menyatakan perekrutan untuk masuk ke Ahmadiyah. “Ini sudah melanggar SKB 3 menteri. Karena tidak boleh ada perekrutan terhadap agama lain,” katanya.

Indra pun membantah jika penyegelan dikarenakan adanya desakan dari kelompok Islam lainnya. “Saya kira itu bukan desakan. Tapi aspirasi,” katanya. Setiap aspirasi menurut Indra harus ditampung oleh Pemkab Kuningan. Mengenai segel yang dibuka oleh Litbang Departemen Agama, Indra mengaku selama ini belum pernah menerima surat dari Litbang Departemen Agama tersebut.

Setelah dialog yang alot, hingga memakan lebih dari 1 jam, akhirnya disepakati jika dialog akan dilakukan terlebih dahulu dan penyegelan mesjid dibatalkan.

Ivansyah

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