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Jakarta Post

Bankers quit jobs amid rising ‘hijrah’ movement

  • Fadli and Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Batam and Jakarta   /   Thu, July 11, 2019   /  01:58 pm
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The hijrah movement is said to be a positive activity toward a better way of life based on Islamic values. (Shutterstock/SantiPhotoSS)

It has been more than a year since Zainur Rusdi, 38, left his job as deputy head of a state-owned bank's branch office in North Sumatra over the fear of the danger of riba (interest) that he learned from preachers on the internet. He put an end to his 13-year banking career in April 2018, when he was leading an office worth Rp 400 billion (US$28.3 million) in assets and had 10,000 customers. Zainur now works from home, running an online business and helping his wife operate a beauty salon for Muslim women. “It started when I watched a video on the danger of riba from Erwandi Tarmizi,” Zainur said, referring to a Muslim preacher on YouTube. It was early 2017 and Zainur found himself delving more and more into anti-riba campaigns on Facebook and Instagram, especially through the sermons of social media-savvy preachers Abdul Somad and Buya Yah...