HEAD OF AHMADIYYA MUSLIM JAMAAT RESPONDS TO BRUTAL KILLINGS OF AHMADI MUSLIMS IN INDONESIA
Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad says that perpetrators will be answerable to God Almighty
It is with great sadness that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat confirms that yesterday on 6th February 2011, 3 members of its community were martyred in Indonesia in an utterly barbaric and brutal attack.
The attack occurred in Cikeusik, south of Banten in Indonesia and was conducted by a large group of people numbering between 700 and 1,000. The attack occurred even though police had been forewarned for a number of days about an imminent attack on the local Ahmadi Muslims. Despite the warnings the police failed to take any measures or steps to prevent the attack.
It is reported that the attackers came to the local centre of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat brandishing machetes, spears, knives and other weapons. As a result 3 Ahmadi Muslims were martyred publically and 5 others were seriously injured. 2 cars, 1 house and 1 motorcycle belonging to Ahmadi Muslims were also burnt down. Thus far no one has been arrested by the police in relation to this incident.
Speaking from London in response to these brutal killings, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat said:
"This horrific attack has caused grief and pain to all Ahmadi Muslims worldwide and indeed to all peace loving people. The barbarity of the perpetrators knows no bounds; indeed people watching the merciless beatings were clapping and cheering. The local police and authorities failed to protect the Ahmadi Muslims and allowed them to be exposed to this cruel and brutal attack.
Whenever such attacks occur the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat both in Indonesia and worldwide always displays patience and seeks solace not in revenge or violence but through prayers to God Almighty and this will always remain the case. It is however certain that those who have inflicted these cruelties will be answerable to God Almighty and will have to face His punishment. In the meantime the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat will continue to bow down in front of the One God and seek His Protection and Help."
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat calls on the Indonesian Government to fulfil its mandate to protect all of its citizens, regardless of religion. It is also hereby clarified that no Ahmadi Muslim was involved in any form of provocation whatsoever and that these attacks were motivated simply due to the fact that the victims were members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat. It is a tragedy that these Ahmadi Muslims were martyred in the most barbaric way because they chose to live their lives by the Ahmadiyya motto of "Love for All, Hatred for Noneâ".
(The following Press Release is issued further to the above Press Release issued on 7th February 2011)
WORLD MUSLIM LEADER PRAISES ROLE OF MEDIA AFTER SECTARIAN ATTACKS
Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, has praised the role of the media in the aftermath of the tragic murder of 3 Ahmadi Muslims in Cikeusik, Indonesia on 6th February 2011. He said that both the national media in Indonesia and the wider international media had given fair and extended coverage to this atrocity. He said:
"Media outlets like the Jakarta Post, Jakarta Globe and many international organisations have strongly condemned this attack and tried to influence the Indonesian government accordingly. The media and intellectual classes in Indonesia have had the courage to make a stand against the cruelty and because of this there remains hope that their society will progress. If only such courage would develop amongst the media and educated classes of Pakistan."
His Holiness said that these attacks had belied any form of decency and were conducted in such a barbaric way that initially the dead bodies of the Ahmadis could not be identified. He quoted a report by the Asian Human Rights Commission which
stated that many religious scholars in Indonesia and their followers failed to see anything wrong with the attacks. His Holiness said:
"Today's Ulema (religious scholars) are turning the clock back thousands of years by committing acts of utter barbarity and depravity all in the name of Islam and are instructing their followers to do the same. These people have even hardened the hearts of their children so much that when the murders and violence were taking place, children stood by applauding."
His Holiness said that what pained him and all true Muslims most of all was that such brutality and violence was being committed in the name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad who had taught of love, compassion and mercy throughout his life.
His Holiness continued that the Ahmadi Muslims who had sacrificed their lives were true martyrs and were the shining stars of Ahmadiyyat. His Holiness said that the opponents of the Jamaat, wherever in the world they were, could try their utmost but they would never succeed in weakening the faith of an Ahmadi Muslim.
Ahmadi Muslims were united and would always remain so not just in their faith but also in their loyalty to the countries. His Holiness said:
"Every Ahmadi Muslim, no matter where he lives, is loyal to his country. Indeed we pledge that we will never partake in any action through which our loyalty to our country could be questioned. As part of this loyalty we pray that may God release our nations from the clutches of the oppressive people."
Particulars of the Cikeusik martyrs
Tubaqus Chandra Mubarak (34) was a born Ahmadi Muslim who is survived by his pregnant wife. He was a very sincere Ahmadi Muslim. At the time of the attack he was inside the Ahmadiyya Mission House towards the front. The assailants attacked him with knives and then suspended him from a height and continued to beat him. He was later taken down and his dead body was further beaten and mutilated.
Ahmad Warsono (38) joined the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in 2002. He is survived by his wife and four children. At the time of the attack he was inside the Ahmadiyya Mission House. The assailants attacked him with knives, machetes and sticks. His body was then brought outside where he was continually beaten mercilessly whilst the police looked on.
Roni Pesarani (35) joined the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in 2008. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. At the time of the attack he was inside the Ahmadiyya Mission House. The assailants attacked him with knives, machetes and sticks. His body was then brought outside where he was continually beaten mercilessly whilst the police looked on.