Sunday, September 05, 2010
APPEAL TO INDONESIA ABOUT AHMADI MUSLIMS
TO Minister Suryadharma Ali,
May you be drenched in peace and act and talk peace,
As Salaam u Aliakum;
As President of the World Muslim Congress, a think tank of Muslims from across the world, I appeal to you to consider the following and rescind your reccomendation to the Indonesian Parliament:
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) predicted the division among us; he guided us to know each other and asked us to compete in doing good deeds. Between Ahmadi, Bohra, Ismaili, Shia, Sufi, Sunni, Wahhabi and other traditions we differ and solemnly believe that only Allah is the master of the Day of Judgment when it comes to the matters of faith. We differ within our families, parties and Masajid and Allah has intentionally created us to be different, each one with his own unique thumb print, DNA etc. It is time we honor Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) prophecy of division and respect Allah’s words in 49:13
Democracies function by respecting the rights of every citizen; freedom to worship, speech and the pursuit of happiness. Your actions do not discourage other nations from being oppressive or pushing around Minorities to obey and surrender to authorities rather than the Almighty. Power should make us humble and khaksaars and not dictators.
Treating Ahamdi Muslims any thing less than the rightful status of full citizenship undermines the basic Islamic tenets of treating all humans with dignity.
Please re-consider your decision and I urge you to visit an Ahmadi Mosque and pray with them, I did, three times in Ramadan. Alhamdu Lillah, my niyya was pure and nothing but seeing that we Muslims get to know each other. Please learn about them before you become a judge of their faith.
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) envisioned a world where every man, woman and child, regardless of race and ethnicity, would feel safe. The guardianship of the society is entrusted to you and we urge you to keep law and order and faithfully guard the safety of all citizens.
No society can enjoy and maintain peace unless all its constituents are safe. No one should attain advantage at the expense of the safety and wellbeing of others. Such benefits are temporary and deleterious to lasting peace. We believe what is good for Muslim Indonesians is equally good for fellow Indonesians of all faiths.
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) respected the Christians, Jews and others to the point of inviting them to dialogue; he was one of the first humans to initiate the interfaith dialogue. He taught us that respecting other faiths is part of our heritage, our right conduct. Indeed, he earned the trust of his community by always remaining truthful, honest and trustworthy; he was called Amin by the people around him and as Muslims we strive to earn the title of Amin in the community of nations.
We hope you will set a new benchmark in civility within your society and pave the way for other Muslim nations to follow your lead; to be respectful of all your citizenry regardless of their faith. We expect nothing less than goodness and leadership role from Indonesia, lead us in the path of the Prophet and honor Allah’s words.
Please note; the word Ahmedi, Ahmadi, Ahmadiyya, Qadiani all mean Ahmadiyya Muslim. Ahmadiyya is the preferred usage, just as Muslim is preferred over Moslem.
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Indonesia: Religious Affairs minister wants Ahmadis banned
Minister Suryadharma Ali wants Muslim sect dissolved and outlawed because it does not view Muhammad as the final prophet. Civil society groups, Church and NGOs protest the move.
Jakarta – The fight over the legal status of the Ahmadiyah community continues in Indonesia. Deemed “heretical” by mainstream Muslims, it has come under attack from the government. Yesterday Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali signed a decree, calling for the banning of the sect, a small minority present in most Muslim nations. In his view, “Ahmadis must be banned because they break our laws, do not recognise Muhammad as the last prophet, and do not believe the Holy Qur‘an to be the last Holy Book of Islam.”
Ahmadis are Muslims who venerate Muhammad as well as Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as prophets. For this reason, they are seen as heretics and attacked by Muslim extremists.
Last year, extremists attacked them 33 times. In the first six months of this year, only four attacks were recorded. However, anti-Ahmadi violence has escalated in Pakistan.
Home Minister and the Attorney General also signed the ministerial decree, which was presented to a joint session of parliament, causing uproar among NGOs and various civil society groups.
In his address before lawmakers, the Religious Affairs minister argued that Ahmadis are against the “mainstream of Islam.” If this “is considered as religious freedom, then I call it an excessive freedom,” he said.
For Fr Andang Listya Binawan, a Jesuit, the decree is neither useful nor pressing. “The government often confuses two rights, the right to worship and the right to form an organisation. If local Ahmadis do not bother anyone as a sect or organisation, there is no need to ban them.”
Ali’s statement also sparked a sharp reaction from Nurcholis Hidayat, president of the Indonesian Legal Aid society, who said that he, the minister, “should protect religions,” instead of “triggering new interfaith clashes.”
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PLANNED MUSLIMS RESPONSE TO QUR'AN BURNING BY PASTOR JONES ON 9/11/13 IN MULBERRY, FLORIDA
We as Muslims plan to respond to pastor Terry Jones' planned burning of 3000 copies of Quran on September 11, 2013 in positive terms.
Our response - we will reclaim the standard of behavior practiced by the Prophet concerning “scurrilous and hostile criticism of the Qur’an” (Muhammad Asad Translation Note 31, verse 41:34). It was "To overcome evil with good is good, and to resist evil by evil is evil." It is also strongly enjoined in the Qur’an in the same verse 41:34, “Good and evil deeds are not equal. Repel evil with what is better; then you will see that one who was once your enemy has become your dearest friend.”
God willing Muslims will follow the divine guidance and pray for the restoration of Goodwill, and on that day many Muslim organizations will go on a “blood drive” to save lives and serve humanity with kindness.
We invite fellow Americans of all faiths, races, and ethnicities to join us to rededicate the pledge, “One nation under God”, and to build a cohesive America where no American has to live in apprehension, discomfort or fear of fellow Americans. This event is a substitute for our 10th Annual Unity Day Celebration (www.UnitydayUSA.com) held in Dallas, but now it will be at Mulberry, Florida.
Unwittingly Pastor Jones has done us a favor by invigorating us by his decision to burn nearly 3000 copies Quran on September 11, 2013. Obviously he is not satisfied by the notoriety he garnered by burning one Qur'an last year.
As Muslims and citizens we honor the free speech guaranteed in our constitution. We have no intentions to criticize, condemn or oppose Pastor Terry Jones' freedom of expression. Instead, we will be donating blood and praying for goodness to permeate in our society.
We plan to follow Jesus Christ (pbuh), a revered prophet in Islam as well as Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) – that of mitigating the conflicts and nurturing good will for the common good of the society.
We hope, this event and the message will remind Muslims elsewhere in the world as well, that violence is not the way. Muslims, who react violently to senseless provocation, should realize that, violence causes more violence, and besmirches the name of the religion that we hold so dear. We believe that Prophet Muhammad was a mercy to the mankind, and we ought to practice what we believe and preach. We must not insult Islam by the negative reactions of a few.
We can only hope it will bring about a change in the attitude of the followers of Pastor Jones, and in the behavior of those Muslims who reacted violently the last time Pastor sought notoriety – We hope this small step towards a bridge to peaceful coexistence would propel us towards building a cohesive society.
Like most Americans a majority of Muslims quietly go about their own business, but it is time to speak up and take positive action instead of negative reaction. May this message of peace and goodwill reverberate and reach many shores.
Lastly, we appreciate the Citizens of Mulberry, Florida, Honorable Mayor George Hatch, City Commissioners, police and Fire Chiefs for handing this situation very well. This will add a ‘feather of peace’ in the City’s reputation. We hope Mulberry will be a catalyst in showing the way in handling conflict with dignity and peace.
We thank the Media for giving value to the work towards peace rather than conflict.
The people in Dallas are making an effort to understand and clean their own hearts first, when we are free from bias, it would be easy to share that with others. Islam teaches us in so many ways to "respect the otherness of others" and it is time we find simple practical ways of doing it.