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It takes no edict. Surge in piety gives rise to sharia-inclined society in Indonesia.

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana and Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta and Batam   /   Wed, July 3, 2019   /  08:02 am
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In general, hijrah movement is a positive activity toward a better way of life based on Islamic values. (Shutterstock/SantiPhotoSS)

Like many of her colleagues, Wulan, a civil servant in Batam, Riau Islands, has recently performed hijrah, or a conversion to a more devout Muslim way of life. For a few years now, Wulan has attended sermons by fundamentalist preachers who have gained fame among the country’s Muslims, such as Khalid Basalamah, Felix Siauw and Abdul Somad, who have regularly visited Batam to hold pengajian (Quran study sessions). While all three preachers command large followings, they have also drawn controversy. Khalid, for example, has been rejected at several Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) mosques for dismissing several traditional NU practices as bid’ah (heretical). Abdul, meanwhile, once said that Muslims who patronized Starbucks would go to hell for supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, while Felix had been a member of the now-banned Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia...