Fears of Indonesia’s Ahmadiyah sect

BBC’s Kate McGeown reports on how the Ahmadiyah are facing a struggling to survive

In the Indonesian city of Bogor, members of a small Islamic sect called the Ahmadiyah tried to ignore the police patrol car parked opposite their mosque as they walked to Friday prayers.

Peering in through the window, I could see them kneeling, facing Mecca, listening to a sermon.

But at any slight noise, several heads turned round nervously.

The Ahmadiyah are afraid and it is obvious why. Hardline Islamic groups want the sect to be banned – they say it deviates from the tenets of Islam, and therefore has no place in Indonesian society.

Over the past few months these hardliners have become increasingly vocal in their demands – holding rallies in central Jakarta and airing their views in the media. Read more

Categories: Indonesia

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