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Jakarta Post

Muslims baffled by government policies on Quran study groups

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 6 2019   /  12:40 am

Sariyadi, 62, has been the head of the At-Taqwa Mosque welfare council in Bekasi, West Java, for the past 30 years. He said the recent regulation on Quran study groups was the only law he had ever been confused about.As with other mosques across the country, Sariyadi’s is located in a housing complex. It hosts a daily majelis taklim (Quran study group) where mosque-goers gather before the maghrib (post-sunset) prayer to recite the Quran and listen to sermons by local preachers.He said he frowned when he first heard the new regulation issued by the Religious Affairs Ministry requiring the registration of every majelis taklim, whether it was organized by an institution or social group.“What is it for? Why is the government so obsessed with controlling Quran study activity? The mosque is already registered with the subdistrict office. Also, there is nothing strange about our Quran study...