Mob Attacks Ahmadiyah Mosque in East Java

A mob of more than 100 people damaged an Ahmadiyah mosque in Tulungagung, East Java, on Thursday night.

Baitul Salam mosque, located in Gempolan village, Tulungagung, had its windows and entrance door destroyed after the mob, which consisted of youths from Gempolan village and neighboring areas, threw stones at it at 9:30 p.m.

“It was spontaneous, the mosque was destroyed by young people,” said Sarijan, a local resident whose house is near the mosque, on Friday, as quoted by Tempo.

Sarijan said that while three people — mosque attendant Japar, Ahmadiyah member Edi Susanto and Ahmadiyah preacher Rizal Fazli — were inside the mosque ahead of the attack, no one was killed.

Three hours before the attack, Imam Muslim, the local Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) head, and police met with the trio to request that they shut down the mosque and stop spreading Ahmadiyah teachings. They also demanded Rizal leave the village immediately.

Edi and Rizal had been taken out of the mosque by the police before the attack, but Japar insisted on staying inside to close the doors and turn off the lights. He did not leave the mosque, which was built on land donated by his family, until the mob started to stone it. Imam evacuated him out of the mosque when the attack began.

“We have tried to mediate [conflict between congregations and residents], but Japar said that he was not the one responsible when residents asked him to knock down the mosque,” Imam said, as quoted by Antara news agency.

Sarijan said that local residents had long opposed the mosque and recently requested that worshippers shut it down.

Some police officers and soldiers are still securing the mosque. Japar and Edi have left their homes and Rizal has fled the village.

Tulungagung Police chief of detectives Adj. Comr. Lahuri said that he did not know about the incident.

“I don’t know, no report was filed to the police. Probably it was only small incident,” Lahuri said, as quoted by Okezone.

  • Tatanka

    It could not have happened in Indonesia since the president, SBY, received an award for religious harmony. There must have been a mistake.

  • Botak

    Three hours before the attack, Imam Muslim, the local Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) head, and police met with the trio to request that they shut down the mosque and stop spreading Ahmadiyah teachings. They also demanded Rizal leave the village immediately.Edi and Rizal had been taken out of the mosque by the police before the attack…

    and this one:

    Tulungagung Police chief of detectives Adj. Comr. Lahuri said that he did not know about the incident. “I don’t know, no report was filed to the police. Probably it was only small incident,” Lahuri said, as quoted by Okezone.

    This leaves us with 2 choices:

    a) He really didn’t know, which means he got no clue what his officers are doing behind his back, and shows his incompetence as a leader

    b) He is a liar and should be immediately, be taken of his rank and charged with violating the Pancasila, which he swore to uphold and protect.

    And this story should be send to “The Appeal of Conscience Foundation” so they can think again about giving SBY the World Statesman Award.

    • antifreeze

      Eloquently argued Botak. But sadly, who in power really cares? OH INDONESIA!

  • Highlander

    Bloody terrible that this continues to go on and NOTHING is done to stop this crap.
    When is the Police – army – going to get this violence under control

    • Wonderer

      The outrage is (or rather one outrage of many) that the police was obviously THERE to evacuate them PRIOR to the stack! Coward morons!

  • sheldon

    Time to give SBY another award…I won’t say what for.

  • Troublemaker

    Beware of fools who have no fear of retribution for their actions…

  • Catweazle

    Sighs. Just another normal day in Indonesia… nothing out of the ordinary to report.
    The police stand by and watch as violent bigots terrorise minority groups whilst the government and the silent majority do exactly what they do best…. Sweet Fanny Adams. Hang your heads in shame!

  • qalam

    Shame on those so calld muslim who destroyed this mosque.Where are good people of Indonesia please come out and stop this madeness.

  • Alex Brehm

    They do it in the name of Allah, not recognizing that they already changed it to ‘ in the name of devil’!

  • bystander

    Isn’t all this silence means agreement. Just ask a layman how do s/he think about this kind of issue (also about Shiite too).

  • KT Shamim

    Very sad. Sadest part is that they do this in the name of Allah.

  • nugnut

    The sooner Prabowo is in the palace the sooner you will see a big military boot dropped likes of across the throats of the thugs from FPI and the MUI.

    These quazi religious thugs should have an open season declared on them.

    Its time to put a bounty on the heads of the leaders of these scum groups.