FPI calls for Muslims to join long march rejecting Ahmadiyah

Jakarta, Indonesia - The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) is calling for Muslims to take part in a long march in Jakarta on March 1 to demand disbanding of Islamic minority sect Jamaah Ahmadiyah.

FPI chief Habib Rizieq said Sunday the group would soon send a letter to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono urging the sect be disbanded.

“On March 1, thousands of Muslims will gather at HI [Hotel Indonesia] traffic circle, sincerely and peacefully. We’ve also prepared a letter, written in polite words, to be addressed to the President,” Habib said while delivering a sermon in Jakarta.

He added the President had not likely “mastered” and “understood” Ahmadiyah’s teachings, and thus, he sees them as merely different, rather than a “taint” to the religion.

“We’ll send him the letter so he’ll have the right point of view,” Habib said, as quoted by tribunnews.com.