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Image of Ahok imprisoned for a false blasphemy in Indonesia.
A peaceful demonstration is to be held coinciding with the visit of Vice President Jusuf Kalla as a visiting lecturer on the topic 'Moderate Islam: The Indonesian Experience', to Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. OCIS is a 'Recognised Independent Centre' of the University of Oxford.
Date: Thursday 18th May 2015
Location: Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Marston Rd, Oxford, OX3 0EE
Please bring a 'Red and White' flag, a poster expressing your grievance/protest in regards to the recent events in our home country. Dress-code: red and white.
The purpose of the protest is too highlight the ongoing persecution of minorities in Indonesia who are suffering under a growing weight of islamic extremism.
Earlier this month the Christian governor, Basuki Cahaya Purnama, or famously known as AHOK, campaigned for re-election. His opponents unleashed radical Muslims (and moderate ones too) onto the streets of Jakarta carrying banners quoting Al Maida 51, a Quran verse, which is believed to instruct Muslims not to take non-Muslims as friends/guardians/representatives/leaders, depending on which interpretation but in this instance meant to advise Muslims not to vote for Non-Muslims.
QS 5:51: ''O YOU WHO HAVE BELIEVED, DO NOT TAKE THE JEWS AND THE
CHRISTIANS AS ALLIES. THEY ARE [IN FACT] ALLIES OF ONE ANOTHER. AND
WHOEVER IS AN ALLY TO THEM AMONG YOU - THEN INDEED, HE IS [ONE] OF
THEM. INDEED, ALLAH GUIDES NOT THE WRONGDOING PEOPLE.'' SAHIH
Ahok went on a campaign trail and urged his followers to vote for him & not listen to the radicals who, according to him 'misinterpret and misuse the Quran for their own ends.'
This statement on video incensed the radicals who felt wrongly accused of misinterpreting & misusing their own Quran, especially by a non-Muslim. So he was dragged to the courts for blasphemy. He then lost his re-election and then only 2 days later was taken to court for blasphemy, in a much publicised case that resulted in Ahok being convicted for 2 yrs imprisonment, harsher than expected, for blasphemy (click here).
The sentence created shockwaves in Indonesia and around the world. People were demonstrating with candles all over Indonesia.
Only recently the same Islamists who led the push for blasphemy sentencing of Ahok have openly declared that they will be targeting ethnic Chinese in Indonesia because of their wealth (click here).
Mariella DJorghi, a Indonesian resident from London, asked British Pakistani Christian Association to help raise the profile of the increasing persecution of non-Muslims in Indonesia. She said:
"There is huge global support for the release of Ahok. He has been proven to be a very competent, honest & hardworking governor, working hard even to help Muslims go on the umrah & build them mosques. But that clearly was not enough.
"Jusuf Kalla, the Vice President and his cohorts are believed to be behind Ahok's removal & his protegee, Anies Baswedan, a well-known Islamist is now the governor of Jakarta. He is largely supported by groups like Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia. This booklet is what HTI recently distributed, entitled: 'Welcoming a Muslim Governor, Kick out the Kafir Governor, Forming a Sharia Jakarta.'
Wilson Chowdhry, said:
"I join Mariella and other humanitarians in expressing deep concern for the bias support that the Vice President gave to an Islamist candidate for the Jakarta governorship for which he was widely criticized.
"Under his watch, Indonesian Muslims are told to choose a Muslim over a non-Muslim governor candidate, using the Qur'an, chapter and verse. The result being that not only did the incumbent Chinese Christian governor lose his re-election, but he was also dragged to court, facing spurious allegations of having insulted the Quran verse quoted by the Muslims.
"His loss and especially his two years jail for blasphemy shocked the nation and showed a deeply disturbing trend in Indonesia towards religious discrimination."
Stephen Green, leader of Christian Voice who is partnering on the protest, said:
"How the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies can possibly view Vice President Jusuf Kalla qualified to speak on 'Moderate Islam' after his track record and the imprisonment of Basuki Cahaya Purnama defies belief.
"The Patron of the Centre is the Prince of Wales, who has said: 'The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies has done so much to promote and improve our understanding of the Islamic world'. With its invitation of Kalla, we understand the Islamic world of the Oxford Centre only too well."
Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the BPCA organised permission for a protest outside Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and is asking concerned people to sign a petition calling for change in Indonesia (click here)
On the advice of the BPCA Mariella has sent an email to the Principal of Oxford University