Ahmadiyya Muslims - against all forms of violence
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association of the Solomon Islands has emerged from a fortnight of controversy with its reputation enhanced in the eyes of the islands communities.
The association, whose headquarters are based at West Kola'a Ridge in Honiara, the capital of the Solomons, has been in the public eye after the daily newspaper The Solomon Star claimed on August 8 that Australia had "turned its spotlight on the Muslims in Solomon Islands" following a request from Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer for police in the Solomons to monitor the activities of local Muslims. The request was said to have been made in light of the recent suicide attacks on London's transportation system.
August 10 the Solomon Star reported that there were two Muslim communities
working independently of each other, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association
and the Muslim League. The Missionary in Charge of the Ahmadiyya Association
Musa Bin Masran told the Star, "we the Ahmadiyyas, are moderate
Muslims. We are against all forms of violence.
Cole strongly denied that Minister Downer had asked the Solomons Police
to monitor the activities of Muslims in the Islands, adding that there
had ever any suggestion that Solomon Islands Muslims would contemplate
becoming involved in that sort of activity.
For the rest of the week the news was as good.
On Thursday August 18, Mr Rasu, Mr Leslie, and Mr Musa met for one hour with the Police Commissioner, the Deputy Police Commissioner and an Australia Federal Police representative at Police Headquarters in Honiara. The Commissioner and his staff said they were very happy to meet the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association of Solomon Islands and added that if there were any need of assistance, to contact the police. Mr Rasu told the Commissioner that the Ahmadiyya community was a respected worldwide organisation. In return the commissioner said he would be happy to visit the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the near future.
Report compiled by
Ahmadiyya Australia website