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Ridwan Kamil designs origami-style mosque. Preacher calls it 'Antichrist symbol'

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

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Bandung   /   Wed, June 12, 2019   /  11:00 am
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The Al-Safar Mosque was designed by West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil, who is also an architect.(Urbane/File)

The Al-Safar Mosque in West Java has become a subject of heated debate on social media in recent weeks as preacher Rahmat Baequni claimed that the mosque’s architectural style, which is mostly composed of triangular motifs, contained symbols alluding to the Illuminati and the Antichrist. West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil, a renowned architect who designed the mosque, decided to join a public discussion with several religious figures, including Rahmat, to address the design controversy on Monday. “I fully support those who stand up against the efforts to weaken Islamic civilization. However, when it comes to the mosque design, I leave it to the Indonesian Ulema Council [MUI] to assess whether it is unislamic,” Ridwan said during the discussion in Bandung, West Java. He went on to say that the belief that there were allusions to the Illuminati and the Antichrist ...