Indonesia. Depok Ahmadiyah Lives Ramadan in Silence

21/04/2022

  • Rio Tuasical

The Al Hidayah Mosque in Sawangan, Depok, has been sealed by the Depok City government since 2011 even though it already has an IMB.  (Photo: Rio Tuasikal/VOA)
The Al Hidayah Mosque in Sawangan, Depok, has been sealed by the Depok City government since 2011 even though it already has an IMB. (Photo: Rio Tuasikal/VOA)

When Muslims are solemnly worshiping Ramadan, not all people can worship in peace. The Ahmadiyah community in Depok, West Java, had to pray in silence after their mosque was again sealed by the city government. How did the congregation experience Ramadan there?

WEST JAVA (VOA) — 

There is no tarawih prayer. No open together. No lightning fast. The atmosphere of Ramadan looks so different at the Al Hidayah mosque belonging to the Ahmadiyya congregation.

The mosque is empty, the prayer rugs are neatly rolled up. The ventilation cavities are covered with dust. The 2017 calendar is still installed, indicating that the mosque has not been used for a long time.

The preacher of the Depok Ahmadiyah, Abdul Hafidz, said that the mosque is usually crowded during Ramadan, like other mosques.

The Al Hidayah mosque room looks empty and has not been used for a long time.  (Photo: Rio Tuasikal/VOA)
The Al Hidayah mosque room looks empty and has not been used for a long time. (Photo: Rio Tuasikal/VOA)

“Usually there is Koran recitation, children can learn the Koran, learn to pray, usually there are pre-madrasas, there are madrasas. So we still use spaces outside the mosque,” he explained when met at the location.

Depok City Government Re-Seal Ahmadiyah Mosque

The Al Hidayah Mosque in Sawangan, Depok, was resealed by the city government in October 2021. The city government argued that the signage had faded and had to be replaced with a new one. The re-sealing was carried out by the Satpol PP, who came with the intolerant group.

Al Hidayah Mosque was founded in 1999 and has obtained a Building Permit (IMB) in 2007. However, the Depok government sealed the mosque in 2011 after certain groups rejected the mosque’s existence.

Members of the Jemaah Ahmadiyah Indonesia (JAI) distribute free takjil in front of their sealed mosque.  (Photo: Rio Tuasikal/VOA)
Members of the Jemaah Ahmadiyah Indonesia (JAI) distribute free takjil in front of their sealed mosque. (Photo: Rio Tuasikal/VOA)

Abdul said this mosque is the only mosque of the Indonesian Ahmadiyya Community which serves about 400 members throughout Depok. He added, all the congregation felt disappointed because they could not undergo Ramadan by doing activities at the mosque.

“Indeed, in a situation like this, like it or not , you have to be patient because the condition of the Depok Ahmadiyah mosque still has its seal sign. Such are the limitations,” he said.

The mosque administrator, said Abdul, facilitated the children’s activities in the building behind the mosque. There is also a flash boarding school held online.

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He emphasized that all activities held by the management were only for internal circles.

“So it’s only internal, not later by broadcasting, then imposing (belief), nothing,” he concluded.

One of the congregants, Mutia Siddiqa Mukhsin, admitted that he missed activities at the mosque. She used to attend the recitation once a week with a group of mothers.

However, the sealing of the mosque made him uneasy during Ramadan this year.

Ahmadiyah followers perform the midday prayer in congregation after the Isra Mi'raj commemoration in Bandung, West Java, Wednesday, April 2019. (VOA/Rio Tuasikal)
Ahmadiyah followers perform the midday prayer in congregation after the Isra Mi’raj commemoration in Bandung, West Java, Wednesday, April 2019. (VOA/Rio Tuasikal)

“We should use the mosque as a whole, but it ‘s like this , so it’s sad,” he told VOA.

He said that even though he tried to be solemn in worship, he was always haunted by an uneasy feeling.

“We want to be like other mosques. Want to pray tadarus, want to pray together is normal. Is n’t there a mosque that says ‘activities are sealed’? So we want it to be normal like the others, “he hoped.

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However, the month of Ramadan is a means to increase worship, said Mutia. “We make it a moment to pray together. We are both getting closer, stronger, and hopefully from our prayers, Allah SWT will give us the gift of being able to use the mosque again,” he prayed.

On the sidelines of Ramadan worship, Mutia did not forget to include prayers.

A woman walks past a mosque belonging to the Ahmadiyah group which was sealed by authorities in South Jakarta, July 9, 2015. (Photo: Reuters)
A woman walks past a mosque belonging to the Ahmadiyah group which was sealed by authorities in South Jakarta, July 9, 2015. (Photo: Reuters)

“We just want to worship quietly in our mosque, without any seals, without any persecution, so let us face Allah SWT in peace,” he hoped.

Similarly, Abdul also has the same hope.

“Our worship is to be calm, there is no persecution, intimidation, or anything from any party. That’s how we feel.” [rt/em]

source https://www.voaindonesia.com/a/ahmadiyah-depok-jalani-ramadan-dalam-senyap/6538755.html

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