Homes in East Lombok attacked, Ahmadis take refuge at police HQ

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By Vela Andapita The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Sun, May 20, 2018 |


Homes in East Lombok attacked, Ahmadis take refuge at police HQ An unidentified group of people attacked the homes of seven Ahmadiyah families in East Lombok regency, West Nusa Tenggara, on May 19, 2018. (Courtesy of Ahmadi Community/-)

It was in the middle of the day on Saturday when an unidentified mob destroyed several houses and attempted to expel the Ahmadiyah community from Grepek Tanak Eat hamlet in Greneng village, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB).

At least eight houses were severely damaged, forcing seven families comprising 24 people to seek shelter at the East Lombok Police headquarters.

“The police have yet to arrest the perpetrators. It’s the Ahmadi community who was taken to the police station instead – most of them are mothers and children,” Ahmadi community spokesman Saleh told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.

“Four motorcycles and a small shop had also been destroyed. People have left their farms. Some others [whose houses were not destroyed] fled and are staying with their relatives elsewhere,” he added.

Ahmadiyah Indonesia Congregation (JAI) secretary Yendra Budiana said the incident followed a series of previous attacks on the Ahmadi community in another residential area that took place in March this year and on May 9.

“The attacks were based on similar reasons: hatred and intolerance. We have yet to count the estimated material losses [from the recent attack] because it’s still too dangerous for us to visit the scene,” he told the Post.

“The Ahmadi community had reported the threats and attacks to the police, to which the police responded by organizing talks [between Ahmadis and non-Ahmadis],” he added.

Yendra demanded that the police ensured the safety of the Ahmadi community and that they took significant measures to punish the attackers.

He also called on the government and the provincial administration to give the Ahmadi community the freedom to observe their religion based on their beliefs.

“It’s not the first and definitely won’t be the last attack. It’s been years and the Ahmadi community continues to live under threats from their surroundings,” he said. (evi)



7 replies

  1. Lombok is a relatively small place and I am sure that every one in the neighborhood (incl. the police) knows who the ‘unidentified attackers’ are.

  2. Be careful Rafiq— I believe Police will hunt the extremist and put in Hell—
    The hardline of groups or the extremist Muslim is a real enemy of humanity, democracy and liberty—do not believe in a odd news that accused Government Jokowi created the extremist Muslim in order he can win election 2019.

    Do you believe that— Rafiq?
    Actually the extremist Muslim or hardline group of Islam was created by wahhabi clerics of Saudi Arabia who follow their IDOL HADITH—so the book of hadith is the root of conflict and persecuting Ahmadiyyah and Christian

    We need to REMOVE all violent Hadith from the book of Hadith otherwise the extremist will keep persecute Ahmadiyyah and Christian for ever.

    I wish you a blessed and peaceful Ramadhan

    • Wikileaks has come up with an email from the Saudi Embassy in Indonesia to the Indonesian Religious Ministry saying that they should take steps against the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Nothing based on Hadith, but based on Saudi power grabbing. It is on record (no hadith quoted). So you are partly right, when you refer to Saudi Arabia but the Hadith part is in your imagination mostly. – It seems that Jokowi is on the receiving end of Islamic extremists. A tricky situation. May Allah guide all Muslims to the right path (and protect the good from the bad).

  3. Well I just remind Ahmadiyyah with God’s word that those who associete or take partner beside God will be punished. The extremist Muslim believe in Idol hadith

    If you do not listen to my advice is up to you Rafiq— you will see persecuting more coming to Ahmadiyyah until we can defeat the extremist Muslim.

    God say; keep reminding Muslim will be benefits for them—but those who ignore God’s warning it is up to them— your duty just to remind them.

    Very sad Rafiq to hear bad news from Lombok where do you live—- be careful Rafiq— how scare Ahmadiyyah of Lombok now. May God give them the strength Amen
    All ❤️

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