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Jakarta Post

Rizieq’s ‘hateful’ sermon on blasphemy sparks controversy

  • Rizki Fachriansyah
    Rizki Fachriansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 18, 2020   /  10:02 pm
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Thousands of people welcome firebrand cleric and leader of Islam Defenders Front (FPI) Rizieq Shihab in Puncak, Bogor, West Java, on Nov. 13.(Antara/Arif Firmansyah)

Leaders of mainstream Islamic organizations have called on Muslims in the country to resist the provocation and inflammatory rhetoric of Rizieq Shihab, the leader of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI), who has called for the execution of those who blaspheme against Islam. In a statement published earlier this week, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) chairman Said Aqil Siradj called for calm and urged Muslims to maintain unity in the midst of what he called "divisive rhetoric". "Fellow Muslims in this country, please don't get easily provoked by some groups who want to divide us and break up this Unitary Republic of Indonesia. [...] Let's fight against this common enemy," Said Aqil said in a statement published on Monday. The statement, which was posted on social media by Coordinating Politics, Security and Human Rights Minister Mahfud MD responded to a brief video cli...