If you asked typical American citizens to name the world’s largest Muslim nation, in terms of population, most would probably pick a land somewhere in the Middle East – not Indonesia.
However, if there is one fact that many Americans do know about Islam in Indonesia, it is that most Muslims in this sprawling and complex nation practice a “moderate” form of the faith (whatever that “moderate” label means). This has allowed believers in various faith groups to live in peace, for the most part.
Yesterday it was a family of six, recently returned from Syria, who carried out three coordinated suicide bombings at Christian churches in the Indonesian city of Surabaya.
Today, it was five members of a different family who detonated two motorcycle bombs outside the local police headquarters.
Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, has seen a recent resurgence in homegrown militancy and police said the family who carried out Sunday’s attacks were among 500 Islamic sympathizers who had returned from Syria.
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A popular preacher is under fire on Twitter for saying Muslims who buy from Starbucks will go to hell.
In a 52-minute video uploaded by Islamic channel Fodamara TV on Youtube, Abdul Somad, the preacher in question, says that Muslims will be thrown into hell if they buy from Starbucks, as the coffee shop openly supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
People have started raiding, arresting and shaming anyone accused of violating the Indonesia region’s militant moral laws
Everyone in the village saw it, either in the flesh or later when it was immortalised on YouTube. Local children even stuck their heads through the grates of a fence to watch, their attention trained on the spectacle in front of them: a young couple being doused in sewage.
Humiliated but compliant, the couple sat on the edge of a well in Kayee Lee, a village in the Indonesian province of Aceh, as the liquid ran off them in thick black streams.
By the time Roswati arrived at the scene, about 70 people had gathered to watch her son and his girlfriend being publicly shamed in the courtyard of the mosque, the village equivalent of the public square.
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province will no longer allow canings for violations of Shariah law to be carried out in public, its governor said Thursday, apparently in response to international condemnation of the caning last year of two men for gay sex that damaged Indonesia’s moderate image.
A memorandum of understanding signed by Aceh Gov. Irwandi Yusuf and Yuspahruddin, head of the provincial Law and Human Rights office, stipulates that caning can only take place inside prisons or other places of detention.
It says adults can still witness the punishment but recording won’t be allowed. The numbers of people will be much smaller than the hundreds who regularly cheered the outdoor proceedings.
Unmarried couple accused of ‘promiscuity’ have SEWAGE WASTE dumped on their heads in humiliating Sharia law punishment in Indonesia
An unmarried couple accused of being promiscuous had sewage water dumped on their heads as a humiliating punishment in Indonesia.
The young man and his girlfriend were accused of being alone together in a room despite being unwed – something forbidden by Sharia law.
They were dragged out in the street in the village of Kayee Lee in Aceh, on the island of Sumatra, on March 7 and forced in front of a sewer drain while waste was dumped on their heads, according to France24.
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — The conservative Indonesian province of Aceh known for publicly caning gays, adulterers and gamblers is considering the introduction of beheading as a punishment for murder, a top Islamic law official said Wednesday.
Syukri M. Yusuf, the head of Aceh’s Shariah Law and Human Rights Office, said the provincial government has asked his office to research beheading as a method of execution under Islamic law and to consult public opinion.
“Beheading is more in line with Islamic law and will cause a deterrent effect. A strict punishment is made to save human beings,” Yusuf told reporters. “We will begin to draft the law when our academic research is completed.”
The State Islamic University in Yogyakarta, Java has noticed an alarming trend in the once-moderate country of an encroaching extremist interpretation of Islam.
Two Christians are flogged in Indonesia for playing a children’s game that violates Islamic law
Two Indonesian Christians were publicly flogged in Banda Aceh province on Tuesday for playing a children’s entertainment game.
The game is seen by authorities in the conservative Muslim province as ‘gambling’ and therefore it violates Islamic Sharia law.
Some 300 people jeered and held up their mobile phones to record when Dahlan Silitonga, 61, and Tjia Nyuk Hwa, 45, were flogged six and seven times respectively.
Islam is a violent, hateful cult as practiced in the moderate Muslim nation of Indonesia.
Conservative Muslims in Indonesia have banned Valentine’s Day, with police rounding up couples caught celebrating it in major cities.
The crackdown in the Muslim-majority nation has prompted fears that the traditionally tolerant country is taking an increasingly fundamentalist turn.
New laws have recently been introduced which could see pre-marital (including homosexual sex) criminalised and punishable with imprisonment.
Authorities in Indonesia’s second-largest city, Surabaya, briefly detained roughly two dozen couples on Valentine’s Day.
Islam is a joyless cult.
The incident was the latest attack in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country against a minority group in Indonesia, which is home to significant numbers of Christians, Hindus and Buddhists.
Police in Indonesia’s Aceh province detained 12 transgender women and forcefully cut their long hair and made them wear male clothing in a bid to make them behave like “normal” men.
The incident happened after several beauty salons in the conservative province were raided over the weekend and transgender employees rounded up.
Police accused the beauticians of violating the province’s religious laws.
“We have reports from mothers that their sons were teased by the transgender women,” said local police chief Ahmad Untung Surianata. “Their numbers are growing here — I don’t want that,” he added.
A hardline Indonesian Islamist group crashed a child’s birthday party as it rampaged through a community on the hunt for clandestine brothels, police said today.
The drama unfolded on Friday when dozens of members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) stormed into a house they believed was being used for prostitution on the island of Madura in East Java province.
The group yanked two suspected sex workers from the home and attacked its owner until she fainted, police said.
The angry mob then proceeded to storm into other nearby homes, including one hosting a kid’s birthday party.
An Indonesian Christian was publicly flogged on Friday for selling alcohol which is deemed a violation of Islamic sharia law.
Jono Simbolon grimaced in pain when a masked religious officer lashed his back with a rattan stick on a makeshift stage outside a mosque in the provincial capital Banda Aceh.
He was said to have ‘bowed to’ the law known locally as Qanun and was sentenced to 36 lashings as a result, avoiding a potentially lengthy prison sentence.