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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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Students demand closure of mosque

Sat, 11/06/2010 10:35 AM

Students demand closure of mosque

Indah Setiawati, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

While Indonesia grieves over a series of recent natural disasters, some college students preferred instead to hold a wanton protest against the existence of an Ahmadiyah mosque in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta. City authorities reportedly voiced their support.

City spokesman Cucu Ahmad Kurnia underlined Friday that any violent actions would not be tolerated, but said “the [Ahmadiyah] sect should be disbanded if it triggers public restlessness.”

Around 20 students staged a protest in front of the Ahmadiyah mosque, located in Kebon Bawang subdistrict, after Friday prayers. They demanded the Jakarta Police close the Nuruddin Mosque down.

The Nuruddin Mosque congregation violates Islamic customs, said protesters from the Islamic college Dakwah Islam, which is also located in Tanjung Priok.

The demonstrators held a plywood placard with the message, “This place is sealed; Ahmadiyah activity is forbidden here”.

The protesters, who wore traditional white caps and Islamic male shirts known as baju koko, accused the congregation of imposing deviations of Islamic custom, mosque employee Hendro Suyono said.

“We asked one of the protesters to check whether our teachings were divergent from Islam. The man later checked our syahadat [creed] which is painted on our pulpit,” he told The Jakarta Post on Friday.

However, the protesters continued to demand the mosque must be sealed before eventually leaving the area 30 minutes later — but not before warning that the mosque congregation had one week to comply with their demands. They also said the Jakarta Police had promised them that they would seal the mosque. However, Tanjung Priok Police chief Comr. Budhi Hendro Susianto did not acknowledge the demonstrator’s claim.

Around 50 police officers from the police subprecinct safeguarded the site on Friday.

Mosque worker Hendro told the Post that the mosque had been the object of intimidation for the past week.

“Three men claiming to be from the same crowd came to the mosque last Tuesday. They wanted us to cease our religious activities, and they also accused us of having a different holy book and kiblat [the direction in which Muslims should face when praying],” he said.

Hendro added that last Sunday the mosque had also received complaints from the same crowd. “That time they came with support from the neighborhood and community unit management, asking us to pull down our mosque signpost,” he said, adding that the mosque administration later complied with the demand.

The mosque, which is located inside a residential area, was established 24 years ago. The mosque reportedly now has around 200 followers, including children.

According to resident Siti, 35, there was no conflict in relation to the mosque’s existence before the Friday protest. “I am puzzled as to why the students held a protest against the congregation. All this time, residents and the congregation have lived peacefully,” she said, as quoted by

The administration would try to use dialogue as a soft approach to the Ahmadiyah followers, city spokesman Cucu said.

Recently, Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo reiterated his administration’s commitment to protecting freedom of religion, so that houses of worship of any religion can be built and maintained, adding that his administration would ensure Jakarta residents could pray without discrimination or disturbance.

“The best asset in our country is interfaith harmony,” the governor said. (ipa)

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