A significant proportion of the Indonesian population supports the implementation of Islamic law, Shariah, in the Muslim-majority Southeast Asian nation, a nationwide study recently found. The survey commissioned by the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore found that 82 percent of the 1,620 respondents also considered the wearing of the hijab or Islamic headscarf an important outward sign of Islamic religiosity for women.
The survey results come amid growing concerns about the role of religion and rightwing Islamic political activism in Indonesia, which is home to the world’s largest Muslim population numbering over 200 million.
A woman in Aceh has sought hospital treatment after being publicly caned as a sharia court punishment for the crime of adultery.
The court in Aceh, the only Indonesian province which implements a strict sharia law, found 30-year-old Mazidah guilty of adultery after being charged with being in a private place in the presence of a man she was not married to.
The public punishment, which took place in the city of Lhokseumawe after Friday prayer last week, also saw the 34-year-old man Mazidah was with receive 100 lashes. There was also a public caning of a third offender accused of indecent behaviour against a minor, local media have reported.
Devout Indonesian Muslims express heart felt support for ISIS.
Indonesia, the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country, has a constitution that recognizes other major religions, and practices a syncretic form of Islam that draws on not just the faith’s tenets but local spiritual and cultural traditions. As a result, the nation has long been a voice of, and for, moderation in the Islamic world.
Yet Indonesia is not without its radical elements. Though most are on the fringe, they can add up to a significant number given Indonesia’s 260-million population. In the early 2000s, the country was terrorized by Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), a homegrown extremist organization allied with al-Qaeda. JI’s deadliest attack was the 2002 Bali bombing that killed 202 people. While JI has been neutralized, ISIS has claimed responsibility for recent, smaller terrorist incidents in the country and has inspired some Indonesians to fight in Syria — Indonesians who could pose a threat when they return home. The country has also seen the rise of hate groups that preach intolerance and violence against local religious and ethnic minorities, which include Shia and Ahmadiya Muslims.
SUKAJAYA, Indonesia (Reuters) – Hatf Saiful Rasul was 11 years old when he told his father, a convicted Islamic militant, that he wanted to leave school and go to Syria to fight for Islamic State.
The boy was visiting his father in a maximum security prison during a break from Ibnu Mas‘ud, his Islamic boarding school, Syaiful Anam said in a 12,000 word essay on his son and religion that was published online.
“At first, I did not respond and considered it just a child’s joke,” he wrote. “But it became different when Hatf stated his willingness over and over.”
An Indonesian woman who was planning to blow herself up outside Jakarta’s presidential palace has been jailed for seven and a half years.
Dian Yulia Novi, 28, was arrested late last year on suspicion of plotting to blow herself up outside the palace during the changing of the guard. She was arrested along with her husband, Muhamad Nur Solikin.
It is the first time a woman has been convicted in Indonesia for planning such an attack.
Ten Indonesians were were sentenced to up to 100 lashes of the whip for adultery in Banda Aceh under the brutal Sharia law.
The beatings occurred in Aceh, which is the only province in the country which implements Sharia law in full.
The province began implementing Sharia law after being granted autonomy in 2001 – an attempt by the government in Jakarta to quell a long-running separatist insurgency.
An Indonesian housewife has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for insulting Islam, an official said Tuesday, the latest conviction under the country’s controversial blasphemy law.
Siti Aisyah, 47, was found guilty on Monday evening of spreading Islamic teachings that differed from local ulemas — religious leaders — and calling them liars for disagreeing with her.
Her conviction comes at a time of rising concerns about religious intolerance in a country traditionally regarded as a bastion of tolerant Islam.
Out of the 4957 foreign fighters arrested in Turkey, Russia tops the list with 804.
Indonesia is number two with 435 arrests.
Two alleged Islamic State group militants stabbed a police officer to death in western Indonesia in the latest assault targeting officials in the world’s most populous Muslim country.
The two attackers shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’, or God is great, as they entered a security post in North Sumatra’s police headquarters in Medan city before Eid prayers to mark the end of Ramadan.
Several police officers fought back against the two militants, killing one and critically injuring another.
Pretty damn upfront about it too…
The Islamic State militant group has a presence in nearly all provinces across Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, the military chief in Jakarta has said.
General Gatot Nurmantyo’s comments late on Monday that there are clandestine “sleeper” cells across the sprawling Indonesian archipelago underscored concerns about Islamic State’s growing influence in Southeast Asia.
“After observation, we see that in almost every province … there are already IS cells, but they are sleeper cells,” Nurmantyo told reporters in the capital, Jakarta.
He singled out the predominantly Christian province of Papua as one of the few exceptions.
“These sleeper cells can easily join up with other radical cells,” he said.
Indonesian police have set up a new task force to investigate activities by gay men and women in the country’s most populous province, amid outrage over the caning of two men.
West Java police chief Anton Charliyan said the unit includes police, army and provincial officials, and will monitor and search for locations used for parties by LGBT people.
He told reporters in Bandung that gay people suffered a “disease of the body and soul” and “will not be accepted in society”.
Indonesian police have arrested more than 100 men in a weekend raid on a gay sauna in the capital Jakarta, a day before two men are to be publicly flogged for having same sex relations.
Authorities raided what they said was a sex party promoted as ‘The Wild One,’ held at a sauna and gym venue in Jakarta’s north on Sunday evening.
Justin the Gay Blade gave Indonesia millions of your dollars to promote the usual asinine bullshit.
IT is clear that Islamist elements are increasing their influence in Australia’s biggest neighbouring country, Indonesia. Tomorrow, two young men convicted of homosexuality will be caned in front of a crowd in the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh.
The men, aged 23 and 20, were caught together when a vigilante mob broke into their home and beat them before dragging them to the local sharia police facility.
In a distressing video of the incident, the terrified men are physically and verbally abused by the enraged intruders even as they beg for mercy.
IT’S pretty easy to wind up being publicly caned by authorities in a province on the northern tip of Indonesia’s Sumatra island.
Canings in the region of Aceh are typically conducted using a thin, rattan cane in front of huge crowds outside mosques.
It’s a punishment for gambling, drinking alcohol, women who wear tight clothes and men who skip Friday prayers. Young, unmarried adults are commonly sentenced to lashings for standing in proximity to someone of the opposite sex. And the casting net has now been widened.
What’s most disturbing is that the judges’ decision is a capitulation not only to Islamic law but to the demands of the mob.
The outgoing governor of Jakarta, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, has been sentenced to two years in prison. His crime wasn’t corruption or bribery. It was “insulting the Quran.” This is a bad sign for Indonesia’s democracy, and an ominous warning for Christians in Indonesia.
Ahok, the Christian incumbent, was up for re-election against a Muslim candidate when charges were brought against him. Ahok’s purported crime of insulting the Quran happened during a speech he gave to the Thousand Islands regency in September 2016. In that speech, he said voters were being deceived into thinking the Quran prohibits Muslims from voting for a non-Muslim politician.