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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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Kazakhstan curbs religious freedom to halt militancy
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Kazakhstan curbs religious freedom to halt militancy
President Nursultan Nazarbayev
Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev addresses the 66th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York, September 21, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton
By Dmitry Solovyov
ALMATY | Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:44am EDT

(Reuters) — Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a tough religion law Thursday including a ban on prayer rooms in state buildings, aimed at stamping out Islamist militancy but criticized by Kazakhstan’s top Muslim cleric and the West.

Nazarbayev, 71, has ruled Kazakhstan for more than 20 years as a secularist autocrat. Until this year, the 70 percent Muslim country largely avoided the Islamist violence seen in other central Asian ex-Soviet states like Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

But a suicide bombing in May and the arrest in August of a group accused of a terrorist plot raised fears of a surge in militancy, prompting Nazarbayev to call for the new law to help curb extremism.

“The new law … more clearly defines the rights and duties of religious organizations and outlines the role of the state in strengthening the religious tolerance of our society,” Nazarbayev said Thursday during a visit to Shymkent, near the border with Uzbekistan where radical Islam is on the rise.

“Peace and harmony in our multiethnic home are Kazakhstan’s most valuable patrimony,” he said. The comments were reported on his official website.

The law, swiftly approved by the compliant legislature, has caused heated debate. Article 7 bans prayer rooms in all state institutions. Kazakhstan’s Supreme Mufti, Absattar Derbisali, said this could anger pious Muslims and spur extremism.

The law also requires all missionaries in the country to register with the authorities every year.

Rights groups in the West, including the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, have raised concern that it may restrict religious freedom.

Among recent measures to fight Islamist militancy, Kazakhstan temporarily blocked access to a number of foreign Internet sites in August after a court ruled they were propagating terrorism and inciting religious hatred.

(Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Additional reporting by Olga Orininskaya; Editing by Peter Graff)

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www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/13/us-kazakhstan-religion-
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