Ahmadiyah activity banned during Idul Fitri in S. Sulawesi

Jakarta Post, Indonesia
NATIONALFri, 08/26/2011 6:57 PM
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The South Sulawesi administration says it forbids members of the Ahmadiyah Muslim community to conduct religious activities during the upcoming Idul Fitri holiday.

South Sulawesi governor Syahrul Yasin Limpo said according to his subordinate’s report, the condition in the province was conducive, but he said he was concerned that Ahmadiyah members would still conduct activities over the holiday, which could promote violence.

“We don’t want a repeat of conflicts, we will guard the Ahmadiyah mosque,” Syahrul said Friday as quoted by tempointeraktif.com

Syahrul refused to comment on whether Ahmadis could conduct worship activity in their mosques. “I cannot answer that. But their religious activities are certainly forbidden.”

South Sulawesi Police head, Insp. Gen. Johny Wainal Usman also stipulated that no Ahmadiyah activities could be carried out during Idul Fitri.

South Sulawesi Ahmadiyah spokesman M. Mahtiar Ahmad said he was disappointed by the governor’s decision.

He said that the government should protect Ahmadiyah because it was peaceful and did not threaten Indonesia’s sovereignty.

“Insya Allah [God willing] we cam continue to practice our worship activities. I hope the police remove the police tape surrounding our mosque.”

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