Pandeglang administration seals off Ahmadiyah mosque

Jakarta Post, Indonesia
ARCHIPELAGOMon, 09/12/2011 10:50 PM
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Pandeglang administration seals off Ahmadiyah mosquePandeglang regency administration has reportedly sealed off a mosque belongs to Islamic sect Ahmadiyah at Kadu Kandel, Cisereh, Cisata, Pandeglang, Banten.

“The sealing off is in line with a consensus made during a meeting with the Coordinating Board for the Monitoring of Mystical Beliefs in Society (Bakor Pakem) today,” said head of Pandeglang public order agency, Mustandri, on Monday, as quoted by Antara state news agency.

Bakor Pakem is an institution assigned to oversee the groups and sects currently spreading within Indonesian society.

Mustandri said the authorities shut down the Baitul Tahir mosque to prevent possible clash with the locals.

“We strictly prohibit the Ahmadiyah congregation from using the 4 meters by 5 meters mosque,” he said.

According to the administration’s data, there are 20 Ahmadiyah members staying in Cisereh.

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