Posted by: becketfund | April 23, 2008

Indonesia: Man Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Prophet Claim

JAKARTA – Indonesian authorities sentenced a man to four years in prison for claiming he was a prophet, Agence France-Presse reported on April 23.  By claiming to be a prophet, Ahmad Mushaddeq, 63, the leader of the Al Qiyadah Al Islamiyah sect, was “guilty of showing contempt in public against a religion recognized by the state”.  As Islam teaches that the Prophet Mohammed will not be followed by any other prophets, Mushaddeq was pronounced “deviant” by Indonesia’s clerics.  Members of Al Qiyadah Al Islamiyah have filed for police protection in the wake of the sentence, and Mushaddeq himself has since retracted his claim.

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