WikiLeaks ‘Saudi Cables’ reveal secret push to stop Ahmadiyya in Indonesia

WikiLeaks ‘Saudi Cables’ reveal secret push to stop Ahmadiyya in Indonesia

Whistle-blowing website Wikileaks has published more than 60,000 secret documents from Saudi Arabia and said that it had more than half a million additional documents that it will be releasing in the upcoming weeks as part of the “Saudi Cables”.

The secretive organization, headed by 43-year-old Australian Julian Assange, was launched in December 2006. The organization facilitates the anonymous leaking of secret information through its website to expose the wrongdoing of governments and corporations.

The Saudi Cables include identification cards, visa requests and summaries of news media coverage of the kingdom. The most informative are diplomatic cables from Saudi embassies around the world to the foreign ministry, many of which are then passed along to the office of the king for final decisions.

The files, in Arabic, have mostly received a minimal amount attention in the United States press. However, multiple independent journalists around the world have been translating the documents to uncover revelations. Two of the cables reveal the secret role Saudi Arabia has been playing in stopping the spread of the persecuted Ahmadiyya Muslim sect, specifically in Indonesia.

Late Saudi Crown Prince Naif bin Abdil Aziz

One of the cables which is dated March 14, 2012 and is written by the late Saudi Crown Prince Naif bin Abdil Aziz in reply to the several letters and reports received by the Prince from the Head of the Royal Court, Minister of Foreign Affairs and The Saudi Embassy in Jakarta relating to the activities of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Indonesia.

The cable reads that “the issue of the Ahmadiyya was discussed by the preparatory committee of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs which came up with a plan to set up practical programs with the help of  the Foreign Ministry, Ministry of the Islamic Affairs and the Supreme Islamic Council of Indonesia to stop the spread of Ahmadiyya in Indonesia.

The cable further reads that “Saudi Embassy in Jakarta should be instructed to explain the danger of Ahmadiyya to the Indonesian Government”.

On 23rd April 2012 just a month after the letter from then Crown Prince Naif bin Abdil Aziz a mob of Islamic extremists brutally attacked an Ahmadi mosque in the village of Cipakat in the town of Singaparna in West Java, Indonesia. The attack was attended by at least 80 people affiliated with local Islamic extremist movements, the building was repeatedly hit with rocks and stones, while some of the assailants stormed into the building destroying objects.

File - In this Tuesday, May 11, 2010 file photo, Saudi King Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz, salutes as he arrives to the opening of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) consultative summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain said Wednesday, March 5, 2014 that they have recalled their ambassadors from the Gulf nation of Qatar over its alleged breach of a regional security deal in the clearest sign yet of the rift among Gulf Arab countries over Islamists in the region. Tensions have been brewing between Gulf countries and Qatar since Egyptians ousted President Hosni Mubarak and Qatarís massive financial and public support for his successor, Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, stood at odds with the UAE and Saudi Arabiaís policies. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
Former Saudi King Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz

The second cable is from the former Saudi King “Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud” and is in reply to the first cable by the Crown Prince “Naif bin Abdil Aziz”.

In the cable which is dated 15 May 2012 the King recommends that the Crown Prince take following actions concerning the Ahmadiyya in Indonesia.

  1. Monitor and follow up on the developments occurring in Indonesia concerning the Ahmadiyya Community by the Kingdom’s Embassy in (Jakarta).
  2. (Have) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advise the international Islamic organizations to issue a statement that clarifies where they stand on this (Ahmadiyya) community.
  3. Follow up with Ministry of Islamic Affairs and ask Preachers for Endowments, Call and Guidance and the Muslim World League to warn against this (Ahmadiyya) community and its ideologies, while avoiding violence against its members.
  4. Have The Kingdom’s Embassy in (Jakarta) continue its support of the Supreme Islamic Council of Indonesia for Islamic Propagation (Islamic Dawa) in order to face this (Ahmadiyya) community and inform the Indonesian government of their position (beliefs).

The author of the first cable Crown Prince Naif bin Abdul Aziz who served as Deputy Prime Minister and President of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs died in June, 2012 while the author of the second cable King Abdullah died aged 90 in January, 2015.  After his death his half-brother Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud became the King of Saudi Arabia. And In April 2015 King Salman appointed Prince Naif bin Abdul Aziz’s son Muhammad bin Nayef as Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia which makes him first in line to the throne of Saudi Arabia.

Hardline Islamic groups in Indonesia want the Ahmadiyya Muslim sect to be banned – they say it deviates from the tenets of Islam, and therefore has no place in Indonesian society.

Over the past few years these hardliners have become increasingly vocal in their demands – holding rallies in central Jakarta and airing their views in the media.

In August 2010 then Indonesian Minister of Religious Affairs Suryadharma Ali was quoted as saying that Ahmadiyya “must be disbanded immediately”. If not, “problems would continue”.

In February 2011, a violent mob bludgeoned three Ahmadi Muslims to death. Since then, houses and mosques have been attacked and protesters have vowed to escalate the violence if they do not get their way.

It is these Hardline Islamic groups that the Saudi Government wants to use to exert pressure on the Indonesian government to restrict the Ahmadiyya activities in Indonesia.

Another separate cable notes various items of payment to a range of publications in Indonesia, with amounts ranging from $US3,000 to $10,000. There is talk about expanding the involvement of the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information via massive subscriptions to newspapers such as Kompas and the Jakarta Post.

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10 thoughts on “WikiLeaks ‘Saudi Cables’ reveal secret push to stop Ahmadiyya in Indonesia

  1. Muslims must prioritize brotherhood at all time even when they have different understanding of islam. Same God, Same prophet sunni syiah and ahmadiyah must unite and put aside their differences. Unite doesnt mean uniform. Unite can be establish in diversity. May Allah guide all muslims and lead them back to the original message of peace for all.

    1. Easier sad than done !!
      But all differences should be tabled and resolved at UN levels like the Englsh do !!
      Why haven’t we done this in a neutral venue like Geneva until now ???
      Can we form a Muslim charter to plan peace talks and come to a oneness of compromise or solution ??
      Get those Clerics, Mullahs and the so called Scholars come down their Arrogant ,Illiterate, Ignorant schools of thoughts to come down their high horses to the table once and for all !!
      Come on Ahmadies, Shias and Sunnis !!!
      We can come to a resolve once and for all !!!
      Let Pakistan delegate, Saudi Arabia, Yemen , Indonesians come to table !!
      These are the culprits advocating and sponsoring terror and committing murderous acts against peaceful teachings of Islam we know !!!
      Yes we can !!!

  2. What the hell is That? in fact yes, majority is muslim but Indonesia is not Islamic country, in there we accept all religions, other beliefs and differences, because “Bhineka Tunggal ika”. Foreign intervention, including saudi arabia can not be forgiven.

  3. Astagfrullah wa atubu ilehim…
    I call on the custodians of the two holy places (Makkah and Madinah)…
    To take heed and stick to the instructions of Allah SWT over claiming superiority on faith….
    Remember the Holy Prophet SAW admonitions over this….
    Will you not then take heed???
    We don’t ask for your wrath…
    Rather as peace loving community…
    We pray for your minds to open and accept what our beloved prophet SAW had prophecised over the years…
    As Holy prophet had prayed for the ignorant arabs when they persecuted Him…
    Muslims we would be….
    Muhammad we would follow…
    The Mahdi we would continue to accept…
    Ahmadiyya we would forever be….
    #wa inna jundanna lahulmulgalibuuuun!!!!!
    Abd-Rasheed Animasaun (Jamaat Ahmadiyya, NIGERIA

  4. Aboriginal Warrior · Edit

    Because that is the most pressing issue in the world. Not alleviating hunger and poverty, not fostering global togetherness, freedom, justice and equality but pitting one group of people against another and exulting in one’s own filth.

  5. We pray for your illiteracy , Ignorance, Arrogance, lies and advocating terrorism !!
    May Allah Almighty help you , guide you and teach you the peaceful lessons of Ahmadyyat !!
    Inshallah !!!
    May one day Ahmadyyat be transmitted to the whole wide world from the hearts of Arabia !! May you inherit the peace we advocate !! May your billions be saved from destructions and demise to fruitful gains towards spreading peace, Harmony and humanity !!
    Inshallah !!!!!

  6. O Saudi Arabia !!!
    You are no superior as an Arab to other Arabs!!
    Nor are the white any better than the non white !!
    As the Holy Quran declares you are not the care takers of the Quran either !!!
    You can try all the very best you can, using all the billions Allah has afforded you in materials in this world !!!
    You will never Inshallah defeat us (Ahmadyyat) ever!!
    We are in each of your bedroom, at a glance, at every click, around the clock, 24/7 MTA International TV, asking, advising, teaching and warning you to refrain from sponsoring terrorism !!!!
    You are creating disorder against Humanity on earth !!!
    You have killed Humanity if you succeeded in killing one person says the Holy Quran !!!
    You will be left to answer for each time, a life of an Ahmadi is lost through your advocates !!
    Yours material billions is not going to stop us anywhere anytime soon !!
    This is a tree planted by Allah Almighty and he alone do we implore for help !!!
    He alone shall guide and protect this tree nourish and grant abundance of good if only you knew !!
    We are winning in spreading peace “Love for all Hatred for none” round the clock !!!
    What have you gained so far ???
    Death and destruction of innocent lives, property and peace around everywhere you have influenced your hatred and lies !!!
    We are winning and we will inshallah win , in our peaceful message of Islam Ahmadyyat for the love and spread of truth around the Globe !!!
    We challenge your powers all combined , your Dollars and the Dollars of the World combined !!
    Your Governments combined !!!
    You will not be able to defeat us anymore !!!
    We are continuingly making progress Alhamdolillah , Building mosques, translating the Holy Quran in more than a 120 major world languages, building schools, Hospitals, digging wells and supplying electricity around the globe out of our pockets expenses !!
    How will you stop us in our death defying commitments from your helpless hearts and hands !!???
    You are but destined to your own defeat by your own hands and fate !!
    Learn from the deaths of Bhutto and Zia ul Haq who tried to do what you are now doing !!!
    Will you not than take heed !!???
    The God of Muhammed SAW is with us !!
    Hazrat Mirza Gulam Ahmad’s God is with us !!
    The God of Moses and Jesus is with us !!!
    You have no God !!!
    When our God comes to our aids no other Gods will help you !!!
    Destruction is written in your fate sadly close or just next door !!
    The world will witness your demise in the dirt and dust of the past Astagfirullah !!
    Return to your senses and heed the warnings of the promised Messiah whom Hazrat Muhammad SAW has called nabullah 3 times !!!
    Who are you than to declare and defeat his mission !!!
    Why & what do you not then understand !!!????

  7. Earlier saudies were dacoites. In 1926 they were installed as king of HIJAZ. But by instinct and nature they are Dacoites even today. Petro dollars will eparote very soon. FAISAL ibne Abdul Aziz forced ZABHUTTO to declare AHAMADIES SECT OF ISLAM out of ISLAM. ZAB had to do it. Wrath of ALLAH is on upon PAKISTAN. BOHRAS SHIEIT ISMAILIES Bravelies Sunnies Hanfies etc waiting the day when they will be ousted from ISLAM: … Tariq Khan.