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The free market of 'da'wahtainment'

  • Azis Anwar Fachrudin
    Azis Anwar Fachrudin

    Holds an MA degree from the Center for Religious and Cross-Cultural Studies (CRCS) of Gadjah Mada University

Yogyakarta   /   Fri, August 11, 2017   /  08:09 am
The free market of 'da'wahtainment' Concerns have loomed over how Islamic teachings reach audiences on TV. (Shutterstock/*)

Concerns have loomed over how Islamic teachings reach audiences on TV. Controversies, too, have shrouded the credibility and lifestyle of the ustadz(Islamic teacher).

A few weeks ago, for example, a young ustadz told his predominantly older female audience, and many more outside the TV studio, that the biggest pleasure Muslims would receive in paradise was a sex party. The fact that this sermon was delivered on a TV show titled “Islam itu Indah” (Islam is Beautiful) must have been an awkward moment.

Things like this are not new. Controversies surrounding “ustadz celebs” have been around for the last few years. We once heard a celebrity-turned-preacher say that the Quranic verses read for the dead will not reach them.

There have been celebrity ustadz who have had a second wife or practi...

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official stance of The Jakarta Post.