Indonesian Government Reverses Religious Group View

The Indonesian government reversed a decision of the Inonesian Ulema Council(MUI) which has issued a controversial fatwa that declared the Ahmadiyah group to be an heretical sect. Leaders of Ahmadiyah agreed to acknowledge Muhammed as the last prophet. MUI has considered Ahgmadiyah as an heretical sect because it has claimed its founder, Ghulam Ahmad, was the last prophet. The government announced it was willing to accept statements by Ahmadiyah leaders even though the MUI refused to make this concession. Leaders of Ahmadiyah insist their sect is in accordance with Muslim belief and has never denied the importance of Muhammed as the last prophet in the religion. The deputy atorney general asked the public to go along with the government’s decision.

In any society which allows religious leaders to impose their views on daily life whether they be Muslim or Jewish or Christian, these type of problems arise. Apparently, many Muslim leaders in Indonesia worry about Ahmadinyah followers attempting to convert other Muslims. Certainly, they should have faith in their own followers to follow the faith.