Video of Muslim preacher in Bali nightclub attracts netizens' attention

Marguerite Afra Sapiie

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta

Jakarta   /  Wed, September 12, 2018  /  02:31 pm

Gus Miftah(Instagram/gusmiftah)

Gus Miftah, a Muslim preacher noted for his eccentric sermons, is the talk of the internet after a video of him preaching on the stage of a nightclub in Bali went viral on social media.

The footage was reportedly taken at Boshe VVIP Club in Kuta and posted onto Gus Miftah’s own Instagram account, @gusmiftah,last week, after which similar footage was uploaded onto YouTube.

In the video, Gus Miftah, who is also head of the Yogyakarta-based Ora Aji pesantren (Islamic boarding school), is seen preaching in front of the club’s visitors and workers. He also led them in reciting and singing shalawat,a religious chant praising Prophet Muhammad.

“The world and its creatures were created by God because of Nur [light] Muhammad, so if [you] want to get the whole world, [you] must do shalawatto Prophet Muhammad,” Gus Miftah wrote in his Instagram post published last Thursday.

“… [People] in places like [nightclubs] must often be invited to do shalawat so that they will be safe and husnul khotimah[end with blessings ahead]; what is considered bad at first can still end up really good,” Cak Imin wrote in response to a post from another Twitter user. (ahw)