TV One Debate: Controversy over fate of the Ahmadiyya
English Summary by : By: Aftab Lubis
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Following is the English summary of the video above prepared by one of our reader Mr Aftab Lubis. We are very grateful to Mr Lubis for preparing this comprehensive summary for our readers.
Word of thanks also to Mr Abdul Latif, a regular commentator on the Muslim Times for facilitating the translation.
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono receives a religious tolerance award in May 2013.The debate is about whether religious tolerance has really been practiced in the country considering that there are still some oppressive attacks towards minorities including Ahmadiyya Jamaat.
Panelists are Indonesian National Jamaat Public Affair Zafarullah Pontoh sahib and an Indonesian Religious Affair officer.
Moderator initially contradicts the fact that the President receives an award while attacks toward Ahmadiyya Jamaat are still going on. The officer replies that back in 2010 Government offers 3 options to the Jamaat.
First is to stop any Promised Messiah AS' teaching propagation if Jamaat considers themselves as Muslims.
Second option is to call themselves something else beside Muslims.
Third is to totally banned the Jamaat.
After negotiation between Government and Indonesian Jamaat, a decree was issued. The decree is to ban Jamaat in propagating Promised Messiah AS' teaching and there are punitive consequences towards those who attack Jamaat.
The officer then says so far Jamaat has not been fully obeying the decree. Promised Messiah AS' teaching is still being used as guidance in Jamaat activities. Government, through Indonesian Ulama Majlis, still believes that Tadzkirah is Jamaat’s Holy book.
Public Affair secretary replies back that Jamaat’s Holy book is Al-Quran ul Karim. Tadzkirah is the Promised Messiah AS' writing where there are some references taken from Al-Quran ul Karim.
He also reaffirms that Jamaat’s concept of Khattman Nabiyin does not close the door of prophethood after the Holy Prophet Muhammad SAW.
[The recording ends]