Malaysia: Ahmadiyya decry JAIS attacks

Islamic authorities are bent on demonising us, say local Ahmadiyya Muslims.

PETALING JAYA: Local Ahmaddiyya Muslims are tired of being discriminated against, and want to challenge the state to a discussion on their stand as believers.The Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS), according to Ahmadiyya spokesman Maulana Ainul Yaqeen Sahib, has worked hard to declare his community as apostates.

“JAIS has been attacking the Ahmadiyya through the media. Everything gets thrown against us. It’s not fair. They say we are not Muslims, and (at the same time) they don’t give us a chance to say anything (in return),” he told FMT.Maulana was referring to a Oct 20 television programme known as “Kes Akidah” aired by local Islamic TV station Al-Hijrah. At the time, the programme’s episode was allegedly entitled “Nabi Palsu Qaidani” (False prophets of the Qaidanis).

(Qaidani is another term for the Ahmadiyya.)

Unhappy with the attacks against them, Ahmadiyya representatives handed over a memorandum to both JAIS and Al-Hijrah on Oct 25 and 27 respectively.In the memorandum, they demanded equal and fair treatment as Muslims in Malaysia, as well as an open discussion over their position as Muslims.

The memorandum read: “What is most regrettable is that JAIS is so fervent in its attempts to prevent the Malays from becoming apostates or embracing other faiths.”

“But in the context of the Ahmaddiya, they so easily issue fatwas labeling us as kafirs or having left Islam.”

It added that an open discussion over the Ahmadiyya would be better than state-organised raids, and would avoid instances of violence and murder.

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