Posted by Salma Javid Khan
Source: youtube.com | Maulana Ainul Yakin M. Zain Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat MALAYSIA | 0132066865
The Ahmadi Muslims in this country, who have lived as loyal law-abiding citizens and who have been threatened with the demolition of their mosque and seizure of the land by the authorities in the state of Selangor, and by a hate campaign in the mass media are now faced with the threat of imprisonment for performing Friday prayers. Regret. The Selangor Islamic Religious Department/Selangor Council of Islamic Religion (JAIS/MAIS) have issued fatwas that Qadiani teaching is not Islamic and has practically categorized Qadianis/Ahmadi as “apostates.” Additionally, a notice issued on April 24, 2009 by MAIS, the highest religious authority in the State of Selangor second only to the Sultan, prohibits Ahmadi Muslims from praying in and otherwise peacefully utilizing their Baitussalam Center (House of Peace), which is located at 11-A, Jalan Nakhoda Kanan, Kampong Nakhoda, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor. Failure to comply with this notice will result in a criminal sentence of up to 1 year imprisonment and/or a fine of up to RM 3,000.00. This prohibition is an injustice, since how can the Ahmadi Muslims in Malaysia obtain permission when they have been declared as kafirs by MAIS and JAIS? Because of this notice we have rented the second floor of a shoplot at No. 16-2, Dolomite Park Avenue, Jalan Batu Caves, 68100, Selangor and turned it into our “Solat Center” (Prayer Centre). This place is a commercial area that is far from any residential area where we believe we will not be disturbing anybody. However, JAIS still wants to prevent us from performing our Friday prayers. Despite having declared us as non-Muslims, JAIS still wants to prosecute us, and the only way to do it is to say that we are still Muslims because our identity cards identify us as Muslims. This factor has enabled JAIS to stage the raid on our solat centre on 11th April 2014. During the raid, a team of about 30 people who identified themselves as enforcement officers from JAIS came to our solat centre at about 2.00 pm, just after we had finished performing our Friday congregational prayer. The leader produced a warrant to “geledah” (ransack/search) our solat centre. At first our members tried to prevent them from entering our solat centre, because they have no jurisdiction over us as we have been declared by official fatwas (religious rulings) of the state of Selangor as early as 1953 as kafir (non-Muslim). However they proceeded to enter our solat centre and arrested 41 of our members. Thirty-seven of us were loaded into a lorry and a van and brought to the JAIS headquarters in Shah Alam, some 50 km away. Meanwhile, four others were brought in a car to a JAIS office in Gombak nearby. At the same time, our Mubaligh (Missionary) who gave the Friday Khutbah (sermon) was brought separately to a police station nearby and then to the JAIS headquarters at Shah Alam, where his statement was taken down and a notice to appear in court on 23rd October 2014 was given to him. All the others had their particulars taken down and were given appointment dates for their statements to be taken by JAIS. While they were at the solat centre, several enforcement officers were aggressive, especially to our members who were trying to record the incident on their handphones. Several reporters who claimed to be JAIS officers but who we suspected were from the Harian Metro Malay language newspaper took video recordings and photographs of the raid. On 12th April 2014 the raid was published in Harian Metro and a video recording of the raid was uploaded onto the Youtube. We, the members of the Jamaat Ahmadiyya Muslim Malaysia residing in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur feel shocked and saddened at this very blatant attempt to stop us from performing our Friday prayers. As we have been declared to be non-Muslims, JAIS should have no more jurisdiction over us. The whole incident is obviously an attempt to prevent us from observing our religious obligations and to deny us our religious freedom. The fact that we are praying at this solat centre is because we have been prevented from saying our Friday prayers at our mission house (Baitussalam) in Kampung Nakhoda. We as Ahmadi Muslims have to perform our Friday prayers as part of our religious obligations. But every time we perform our Friday prayers, we will be arrested where the syariah court will not only fine us, but may also imprison us! This is a sorry state of affairs in Selangor, the most developed state in Malaysia. It is also shameful that this is happening in Malaysia, which wants to portray itself as a modern, progressive and exemplary Islamic state. We therefore call on all Malaysians who have eyes and hearts for justice to give us their moral support against this onslaught on the freedom of religion in this country.