There’s Still Intolerance to Ahmadiyah, Spokesperson: Contrary to the Constitution and Jokowi’s Directives


Muhammad Farrell Fauzan


Juli Hantoro

Friday, 10 February 2023 16:36 WIB

You can see the atmosphere in the transit area where the Ahmadiyya community has lived since 2006 after they were persecuted and their house burned down, 28 August 2022 [Tempo/Eka Yudha Saputra]

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According to Yendra, JAI has been a legal organization since 1953 through a decree of the Minister of Law and Human Rights, so it has the right to build mosques and madrasas for places of worship.

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“The Indonesian Ahmadiyya Congregation is a religious organization that has been a legal entity since 1953 through a decision of the Indonesian Minister of Justice and in 2023 it will be updated by the Indonesian Minister of Law and Human Rights. This means that JAI and members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community are legally valid organizations to carry out religious activities or build mosques, madrasas for places of worship,” he said in a written statement received by Tempo on February 9, 2023.X

Yendra added that the incident of intolerance deviated from the constitution as was the direction of President Joko Widodo or Jokowi in the National Coordination Meeting of Forkopimda on January 17, 2023. At that time Jokowi reminded regional heads to uphold equal rights in religion and there should not be regional regulations or regional regulations that circumvent the constitution.

“So the actions of the regional heads that prohibit religious activities or stop the construction of places of worship are against the constitution as conveyed by President Jokowi to the regional heads. That there should not be an agreement letter or regional regulation that defeats the constitution,” he said.

Padjadjaran University researcher Kunto Sofianto assesses that the rejection of Ahmadiyah often occurs because it is influenced by the MUI Fatwa followed by lay people and the Joint Decree or SKB regarding JAI warnings.

“The MUI fatwa is also followed by ordinary people,” said Kunto when contacted by Tempo on February 10, 2023.

Therefore, he suggested that the state be present in this intolerance problem. This can be done by reinforcing the regional heads of each regency and city regarding tolerance as requested by President Jokowi.

“In my opinion the state must be present, so don’t hesitate to implement Jokowi’s instructions. Ahmadiyah will not interfere at all,” he said.

Previously it was reported that the Ahmadiyya Congregation in Parakansalak Sukabumi was prohibited from carrying out religious activities because the local regional leadership said this teaching was forbidden.

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