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Nationwide preacher certification in Indonesia ‘not possible’

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, June 15, 2019   /  09:20 am
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Popular preacher Fuadh Naim (in red) tells Muslim fans of South Korean popular culture, also known as Korean Wave, to stop worshipping its products including drama and music as they exposed lifestyles of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and free sex, deemed sinful in Islam during a forum in Jakarta.(JP/Ivany Atina Arbi)

Calls have emerged for the screening of Islamic preachers, amid rising concerns about the spread of extremist messages, which have included condemning a mosque for its supposed antireligious design. Fed up with such hate speech, fourth-year law school student Visa Rizkyka Zakaria, 21, said that she had made the case for preacher certification in a college paper in the hopes that more serious efforts would be made to regulate ustad (preachers). “Ustad are public figures who have a strong influence on people, so we should make sure that they have moderate views and are tolerant while also being free from any political interests,” Visa said on Wednesday. Visa is not alone. Netizens have voiced similar concerns in response to a string of viral videos of controversial sermons, the latest being of preacher Rahmat Baequni, in which he accused West Java Governor and architec...