KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 13 ― Followers of the Ahmadiyyah community have accused the Malaysian Muslim Consumers’ Association (PPIM) of stoking hatred and pitting other Muslims against them via “aggressive” and inflammatory remarks.
Ainul Yakin M. Zin, a spokesman for the Malaysian Ahmadiyyah community pointed out that PPIM has yet to formally respond to the invitation for an open dialogue, which the former has proposed to be held on October 28.
But despite this, Ainul said that PPIM chose instead to go to the Selangor Islamic Department (Jais) and demanded for the religious authorities to take action against the Ahmadiyyah community.
“This is the problem with PPIM, they want action to be taken aggressively, they did not contact us or reply our letter about the open dialogue, we have sought a date but until today there has been no response from them,” he told Malay Mail Online.
In a video recording of PPIM's press conference after meeting with state religious authorities, PPIM called for members of the Ahmadiyyah community to be arrested and invited like-minded NGOs to help “stop” the propagation of the “deviant” sect.
“What is not nice is that what they said in the video, it is full of hatred, incitement which can cause anger in society, it is almost as though they want to attack and kill us,” Ainul said.
He said he would be lodging a police report over PPIM's remarks made in the video, but at the same time urged the the consumer group to make a decision regarding the open dialogue.
“We are still open for the talk, if you want religious authorities to be present, we are fine with that...but calling other NGOs to come to our place and demonstrate is not Islamic,” Ainul stressed.
Earlier this month, PPIM chief activist Datuk Nadzim Johan had said his group will accept the offer for an open dialogue on “religious issues” but the topics of discussion must be ironed out beforehand and that religious authorities should also be present.
The Ahmadis, who are derogatorily called Qadianis here, adhere to the same beliefs as the Sunni branch of Islam, but also believe that their founder Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was the Imam Mahdi, Islam’s prophesied redeemer.
At a PPIM press conference on September 27, Masridzi Sat, a spokesman for a group calling itself Gerakan Banteras Aktiviti Haram asked state religious authorities to take action against Baitusalam, a three-storey building in Kampung Nakhoda, Batu Caves — a nexus for Ahmadiyyah followers here.
Masridzi reportedly hinted that inaction by the authorities may lead to his group taking the law into their own hands.
On June 22, 1998, the Selangor Fatwa Committee ruled that followers of Ahmadiyyah teachings are considered “kafir” or non-believers, and that any individual who follows it is an apostate, according to the national e-fatwa database.