Lakpesdam PBNU Asks the Garut Regency Government to Revoke the Letter of Ban on the Construction of the Ahmadiyah Mosque


Wednesday, May 12 2021 – 08:35:00

JABARNEWS | GARUT – PBNU’s HR Research and Development Institute (Lakpesdam) asked the Garut Regency Government (Pemkab) to revoke the letter banning the construction of Ahmadiyah mosques. Previously, the Garut Regency Government closed the mosque belonging to the Indonesian Ahmadiyya Jamaat (JAI) in Nyalindung Village, Ngamplang, Cilawu, Garut on Thursday (6/5/2021).

PBNU Lakpesdam Secretary Marzuki Wahid said that there were 4 things that made his party feel ironic and beyond religious reason that the Garut Regency Government had done.

First, he said, what was closed were mosques, while mosques were baitullah (houses of Allah), places of worship, places of prayer, places of i’tikaf, and places that were holy and venerated by Muslims.

“Doesn’t closing the mosque mean closing the baitullah (house of Allah) and prohibiting people from praying and worshiping there,” said Marzuki in a press statement received, Wednesday (12/5/2021).

Second, it is closed in the month of Ramadan. He questioned, isn’t the month of Ramadan a month in which people must restrain their passions and not disturb other people.

“Isn’t Ramadan a month full of mercy (compassion), maghfiroh (full of forgiveness), and barokah (giving kindness) to others? Why is this month of Allah (syahrullah) destroyed by acts of evil and tyranny?” he said.

Third, carried out by the Government of Garut. According to Marzuki, the government’s duty is to provide protection, shelter, security and safety for its citizens. Isn’t closing mosques contrary to the government’s main task in protecting citizens?

Fourth, the mosque belongs to the Ahmadiyya Jamaat. According to Marzuki, Ahmadiyah is a minority group that should be protected, respected for their beliefs even though they are different, and guaranteed their freedom to practice worship according to that belief.

“Therefore, for me, the Garut government has made at least four big mistakes. First, it violates the 1945 Constitution which protects all citizens and guarantees freedom of religion/belief,” said Marzuki.

“Second, it violates human rights, namely the right to worship according to one’s beliefs. Third, it harms religious practices, namely destroying the sanctity of the month of Ramadan and the glory of the baitullah. Fourth, against the humanity of the independent, free and sovereign Jamaat Ahmadiyah,” he added.

Regarding the issue of ‘non-Islamic’ Ahmadiyah, in Marzuki’s opinion, this is tantamount to not recognizing the 15,055 mosques, 510 schools, 30 hospitals spread across 206 countries in the world and the translation of the Qur’an into 70 languages ​​in the world. All of that is done by the Ahmadiyya Jamaat which is spread all over the world.

“On that basis, we ask the Government of Garut to lift the closure of the Jamaat Ahmadiyya mosque and return it so that it can be used again for prayers and other worship, especially before the Eid Al-Fitr, where Muslims gain victory after a grand jihad,” he concluded. (red)


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