AHMADIYYA MOVEMENT IN ISLAM
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
STATE OF CALIFORNIA
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Honorable President of Indonesia January 2nd, 2008
Dr. H. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Jl. Medan Merdeka Utara
Jakarta Pusat 10010, INDONESIA
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RE: Democracy is NOT a government of the mainstream, by the
mainstream and for the mainstream.
Dear President Yudhoyono:
What differentiate between the Ahmadiyya followers and the main stream Muslims worldwide is in the “INTERPRETATION AND UNDERSTANDING” of certain verses in the Holy Qur’an and one of them is surrounding the meaning of the “KHATAMUN NABIYEEN” in Surah Al-Ahzab (33:40).
“O ye people, Muhammad is not the father of any of your men but he is the last of the Prophets and that no prophet will come after him and he will firmly close all doors and avenues to such spiritual eminence” (The last or the end of any Prophethood)
“O ye people, Muhammad is not the father of any male from amongst you but is a Messenger of Allah and is the Khatamun Nabiyeen (the Seal of the Prophethood, meaning the last prophet who brings a new Shariah. There can not be any new prophet from his Ummah or followers who will bring a new Shariah). However, Ahmadiyya community believes that the succession of Nubuwat i.e in continuation of prophet’s mission still continues….as stated in different verses of the holy Qur’an) as stated below:
- Surah Al-Jumu’ah (62:2-3):
“Allah has raised a Prophet in Arabia from amongst the unlettered people (the Arabs), who recites unto them His Signs, purifies them, teaches them the Book and Wisdom when prior to his advent they were clearly in manifest of error.”
“And He will raise him among others of them who have NOT YET JOINED them. He is the Mighty, the Wise.”
- Surah Al-A’raf (7:35):
“O children of Adam! If Messengers come to you from among yourselves, rehearsing My signs unto you (then do not reject them). Indeed you should fear God and do good deeds as then no fear or grief shall touch you.”
- Surah Al-Nisa (4:69):
“And whoso truly obeys God and this Messenger of His shall be among those on whom God has bestowed His blessings, namely the Prophets, the Truthful, the Martyrs and the righteous.”
Now try to reconcile the meaning of KHATAMUN NABIYEEN in Surah Al-Ahzab (33:40) with the following verse in Surah Al-Kauthar: (108:2-3):
“Surely we have given thee abundance of good. So pray to thy Lord and offer sacrifice. Surely it is thy enemy who is without issue (without children)”.
The above verses, especially, in Surah Al-Kauthar (108:2-3) was designed to answer the taunt of the enemies. It challenged them that although Prophet Muhammad (SAW), peace and blessing of Allah be upon him, has no male issue (children), he is the Messenger of Allah and as such is the spiritual father of the whole mankind. In fact, he is greater than other prophets in that he is also Khatamun Nabiyeen (i.e. the seal of prophets, under whose wings and spiritual upbringing there will be people with the exalted status of prophets and messengers. Therefore, how dare any Muslim call such a person issue-less? That is the spirit of main stream Muslims’ translation of Khatamun Nabiyeen as being a last or the end of Prophethood. Here is why?
In respect to the translation of Khatamun Nabiyeen as “the last or the end” of the Prophethood is MEANINGLESS AND STRANGE to the taunt of the non-believers that Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) will die issueless. Such interpretation will make the verse OUT OF TUNE and OF NO RELEVANCE with the context. Just think about it.
Those are the Ahmadiyya belief and teachings that are widely twisted, being opposed and labeled by the MUI as out of the pale of Islam. Really…? Who is right and wrong, only God will determine but no one shall impose their interpretation just because they are the mainstream Muslims. This also does not mean that they are allowed to attack, limit or prohibit the Ahmadiyya community to embrace and practice what they believe. The history of religions teaches us that the truth rises up from a minority, being opposed and persecuted. We see it now right in front of our own eyes.
Despite the existence of the Indonesian Religious Council called MUI as the highest entity on religious matters in Indonesia, its existence was not as a result of any election and thus, its rulings can not and shall not in violation of the Indonesian’s Constitution and protection of Basic Human Rights. Any rulings that are in violation of the Indonesia’s citizen of basic human rights and the Indonesian’s Constitution shall be reevaluated, debated and nullified to avoid further violence and atrocities.
Mr. President, I pray that God will give you the strength and the wisdom to defend the nation of Indonesia from external and internal forces, to defend the Indonesia’s Constitution and to guarantee the basic human rights, especially, on freedom of religion.
It is within your responsibility Mr. President, to uphold the Indonesian’s Constitution, the rule of laws of the land, and not the rule of man. These violations of basic human rights shall not continue. Indonesia shall not follow the foot step of Pakistani Government and/or the Bangladesh Government by siding and allowing these radicals and extremists to commit violence, destruction and turmoil.
It is in the best interest of the Indonesian people, its constitution, protection of its citizen’s basic human rights to live in peace and harmony in the country that MUI is dissolved and a Presidential decree shall be issued to prohibit any other government or religious entities except the Indonesia’s Legislative Branch to collectively amend or create a new set of rule or regulations or law that regulate, limit and prohibit certain activities that is in violation with the 1945 Indonesia’s Constitution.
May Allah bless you and give you strength to do just that.
Chris F. Komari
General Secretary Ansarullah Bay Point Chapter (USA)
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