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‘Hijrah’ not always about intolerance: Group founders

  • Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 26 2019   /  12:43 am
Follow the leader: SHIFT Pemuda Hijrah founder and ustad (Islamic teacher) Hanan Attaki (center), who graduated from Al-Azhar University in Cairo, leads a weekly Islamic learning session in front of about 3,000 followers, most of whom are young Muslims, at the Trans Studio Mosque in Bandung, West Java, on Wednesday.(Courtesy of Hanan Attaki)

Follow the leader: SHIFT Pemuda Hijrah founder and ustad (Islamic teacher) Hanan Attaki (center), who graduated from Al-Azhar University in Cairo, leads a weekly Islamic learning session in front of about 3,000 followers, most of whom are young Muslims, at the Trans Studio Mosque in Bandung, West Java, on Wednesday.(Courtesy of Hanan Attaki)Experts are raising concerns that a growing religious revival in Indonesia could lead to exclusive attitudes among those who have performed hijrah, a journey toward a more devout Islamic way of life, as they tend to see themselves as better than those who have not. “The increase of Islamic conservatism has sharpened polarization in society,” said Abdil Mughis Mudhoffir, a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute. The polarization has consequently fostered intolerance and discrimination against religious minority gr...