Minister was there to handover cheque for Ahmadis who lost their houses and mosque in May 2013 when hundreds of people driving motorcycles, pickup trucks and other vehicles damaged 112 homes along with the mosque in Kampung Tenjowaringin, Salawu District, Tasikmalaya.
TASIKMALAYA, KOMPAS.com – Speech of the Minister of Religious Affairs Suryadharma Ali was stopped with a public call to prayer at the mosque Baiturahman midday, Tasikmalaya regency, on Monday (02/09/2013) afternoon.
Kompas.com observed that when the minister spoke after providing assistance to former members of Ahmadiyah, suddenly a muezzin call to prayer echoed before the midday speech closed. Minister who was speaking was visibly shocked and stopped his speech. Moreover, there was no prior notice by the protocol.
During the last call to prayer echoed, the Minister was silent a few minutes while standing in front of the congregation. He was slowing down embarrassed and his face when speech should be stopped forcibly. Minister finished his speech immediately after the call to prayer and immediately left the mosque accompanied by Uu Tasikmalaya regent Ruzhanul Ulum.
Minister also had rebuked the organizers and the local protocol. “It was not me who sent the protocol of azan time minister was speaking. Baznas There are officers of the muezzin’s call to prayer, although ministers have still made a speech,” said Uu to reporters to explain.
With the incident, ministers and other officials immediately leave the premises without congregational prayers in the mosque. He left the site in a helicopter with other officials.