Jakarta

Radical groups urge Bekasi
administration to implement
Sharia law

A group of Islamic organizations in Bekasi officially demanded Sunday the local administration to immediately implement the Sharia law in the city as the way to response the increasing numbers of religious blasphemy cases and ongoing attempt to convert locals to Christianity.

"We will urge the [Bekasi] regency and municipal administrations to produce more and more Sharia-based bylaw and regulation so that there is no more room for apostasy and attempts to weaken the Muslims unity in the city," Sulaiman Zachawerus, head of the Islamic Ummah Guards and Bekasi chapter of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), said when delivering the result of a recent joint Islamic congress in a public gathering at Al Azhar mosque in Bekasi.

The congress, according to Sulaiman, has also agreed to propose the new vision of Bekasi as 'the city of Syuhada (person who dies because of Islam) and Sharia' to the local administration.

Held in the Al Azhar mosque, one of the biggest mosques in the city, the gathering was started at 10 a.m., followed by more than 500 people wearing Muslim attires.

Leaders of dozens Bekasi-based Islamic groups held last Sunday a joint congress with the main agenda to establish an organized movement to fight against the ongoing 'Christianization' attempt in the city.

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