Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Depok rules to ban Ahmadiyah from public worship

Wed, 03/09/2011
11:13 PM
Depok rules to ban Ahmadiyah from public worship
Ina Parlina, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta
Following in the footsteps of East Java, West Java and South Sulawesi, Depok Mayor Nurmahmudi Ismail issued on Wednesday a ban forbidding the Ahmadiyah religious sect from practicing their religion in public.

Nurmahmudi said the ban was a follow-up to a 2006 joint ministerial decree and West Java gubernatorial decree, both of which ban the sect from practicing their religion publicly.

“This ruling is made to uphold security and order in society and to stop the spread of any errant teaching,” the Prosperous Justice Party members said as quoted by on Wednesday.

Nurmahmudi said his administration would assign a special team led by the Depok city secretary to enforce the ruling and monitor the activities of the sect.

“The objective [of the team] is to monitor the activities of Ahmadiyah members from spreading their interpretation of the religion, which is against Islamic teachings. It will become an implementation of the joint ministerial decree as well as West Java gubernatorial decree,” Nurmahmudi said.

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